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Oakland’s Operation Ceasefire Draws Criticism

Mayor Jean Quan has determined to take a different approach to the rising problem of violent crime in Oakland, one that has garnered a great deal of criticism and is simply unconstitutional.  Operation Ceasefire is a simple plan: officers trick suspected gang members into meeting with them in order to offer them certain social services, and then threaten them with arrests if they do not straighten out. One of the key issues with this particular method is that it has led to at least 15 secret arrests.  In other words, Oakland governmental officials and law enforcement agents have continually refused to...

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