Oakland police warn of illegal sideshows this summer

Viewer photo of an illegal sideshow in Oakland.


OAKLAND (KRON) — As the summer heats up, illegal sideshows in Oakland become more pervasive and increasingly more dangerous–and not just for drivers, according to Oakland police.

KRON 4 viewers sent us a video showing just how dangerous sideshows are for people standing in the crowd.

“We know it’s inherently dangerous,” Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson. “In the past, we have seen significant injuries if not fatalities associated. We have a lot of activity in the summer”

Officer Watson talks about the spontaneous nature of sideshows being a major factor in law enforcement trying to prevent scenes like these before they get started. She said the crowds disperse very quickly when officers arrive.

and the possibility of spectators being injured at a sideshow is something Oakland police wants the public to be aware of

“We want to bring awareness and education but also the enforcement piece,” Watson said. “You can receive citations in the range of several hundred dollars if not having your vehicle towed.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s