National Public Radio has picked up on the Oakland crime story and sent it out over the country’s airwaves. On Thursday NPR ran correspondent Richard Gonzales’ story about the surge in the city’s homicides on “All Things Considered.” Gonzales visited St. Columba Catholic Church on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland and also attended the City Council meeting at which the hiring of William Bratton was discussed.

“The blood of black boys and brown boys are all in our streets,” Bishop Bob Jackson of the Acts Full Gospel Church says in the piece. “Bullets are flying in our neighborhoods, gunshots almost every night.”

Listen to the story or read the transcript.

And for KQED’s own coverage on Oakland crime, see the following …


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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