At a community anti-violence meeting at a Stockton park, hometown hero and Oakland A’s pitcher Dallas Braden attended with a bat, telling reporters he needed it to protect himself and his grandmother. This in spite of the fact that police were there to address the crowd.

Braden, known for his fiery, emotional personality, told Sacramento’s KCRA that he had been the victim of an attempted carjacking last week and that his grandmother’s apartment was robbed.

He also said he talked to Stockton police and they said the only advice they could give him was to move. (Watch the video here.)

“Arm yourself or get out!” he says a police officer told him. “It’s the wild west. The boys in blue, they’re outgunned.”

Braden says he’s put his house on the market and will move to Sacramento.

Meanwhile, CBS Sacramento broadcast an interview with Braden where he accused the police of lying to the community about the way they respond to crime:

“My anger is for the fear of our community!” he exclaimed. Braden has been in Stockton since he was a child.

Stockton has struggled mightily since the economy’s crash in 2008, ultimately declaring bankruptcy over the summer. Forbes magazine called Stockton the most miserable city in America in 2011.

All during this time, Braden fully supported his home town. He even has 209 — the area code which includes Stockton — tattooed across his belly. But he’s apparently outta there, once he sells his house.

Video: ‘I’m Outta Here’ — A’s Pitcher Dallas Braden Leaving Stockton over Crime Fears 27 September,2012Lisa Aliferis


Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED’s State of Health blog. Since 2011, she’s been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco’s CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for “Best Topical Reporting” from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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