'DID YOU KNOW...?' NEWSLETTER


Inside:
  • Bill requiring prompt testing of rape kits passes Senate Public Safety Committee
  • Assembly Public Safety Committee Passes AB 688 Gun Safe Storage Bill
  • Black History Month Initiative
  • Combating Human Trafficking
  • Alameda County Stone Soup Drive
  • Recent Verdicts
DA O’Malley Announces Bill Requiring Prompt Rape Kit Testing Passes Senate Public Safety Committee
On March 26, 2019 with unanimous support, the Senate Public Safety Committee passed important legislation co-sponsored by DA Nancy O’Malley and authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) requiring that law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories promptly analyze and test all newly collected rape kit evidence in California.

“When sexual assault kits sit untested, survivors are denied justice and perpetrators go undetected. I am truly grateful to Senator Leyva and our other partners for their tireless effort to enact this significant law requiring timely testing of every kit. We must do all we can to ensure that California protects survivors of sexual assault and identifies those who commit sexual violence.”
-District Attorney O’Malley.

View full details in the Press Release
ASSEMBLY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE PASSES AB 688- LIFE-SAVING GUN SAFE STORAGE BILL

March 26, 2019- The Assembly Committee on Public Safety Committee passed Assembly Bill 688, potentially life-saving legislation sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and authored by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) requiring that all firearms left inside of a car must be securely locked and secured to the vehicle’s frame using a steel cable lock or chain that is permanently affixed to the vehicle.

Learn more about AB 688 in the Press Release
Black History Month Initiative
Featured above: ADA Kim Hunter on Robert Nelson Hunter
A new video was posted each day through the month of February.


To honor Black History Month, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office created the “Celebrate Black History Month” Initiative. Members of the office recorded short presentations of notable African Americans in the country’s history. You can view all uploaded videos on the office's YouTube channel.
COMBATING HUMAN TRAFFICKING
BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN...
Starting with a public awareness campaign to kick off 2019, the District Attorney's Office continues its innovative work to combat human trafficking. Engaging the community, bringing together leaders in the field, serving victims, and prosecuting traffickers and purchasers remain top priority.
The District Attorney’s Office and Clear Channel Outdoor have collaborated for many years to deliver important messaging to communities throughout Alameda County and the greater Bay Area. Determination and action aim at stopping the commercial sexual exploitation of children and teens and the commercial labor exploitation of workers.
My Office continues to work tirelessly to put an end to these dangerous and exploitative criminal enterprises. ” - DA Nancy O'Malley

" Using this highly-visible form of media, we’ll continue sending a clear message to victims that help is available, and to traffickers – you will be prosecuted. Bruce Qualls , vice president, public affairs, Clear Channel Outdoor-San Francisco.
EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY...
“Think equal, build smart, innovate for change - DA Nancy O'Malley at the United Nations Association, USA, San Francisco presenting for International Women's Day: Equal Justice for Women.
DDA April Smith addressed an audience at the Women Empowering Conference hosted by the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women on March, 2 2019 and spoke about how the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is combating the issue of sex trafficking.
ON THE AIRWAVES...
Assistant District Attorney, Sharmin Bock, spoke with  KQED  Public Radio about h uman trafficking. For more information:  www.heatwatch.org  You can also replay the full interview here .
BRINGING LEADERS TOGETHER...
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and AC United Against Human Trafficking hosted a retreat that gathered together an impressive range of professionals and organizations working to combat human trafficking. The collaborative effort disrupts traditional approaches to combating trafficking.

“No one entity alone can stop the exploitation of human beings in our county or our state. Each agency and person plays a critical role in strengthening the global response to a problem that demands immediate action and long-term solutions.” - DA Nancy O'Malley
ALAMEDA COUNTY STONE SOUP FOOD DRIVE
One of the County's Vision 2026 Goals is to eliminate poverty and hunger. Alameda County Community Food Bank provides services to 1 in 5 Alameda County residents .  A county-wide tradition, "The Stone Soup Food Drive" involves a friendly sculptural competition to encourage giving. This year's DA entry (pictured) depicts an apple and textbooks, highlighting the office's dedication to students, families, and schools to ensure that every child "attends school today and achieves tomorrow".
FROM THE COURTROOM
Two recent felony verdicts :

People v. Wilson, Samad, McFadden, Terrell

On February 6, 2019, a jury convicted defendants Anthony Wilson, Aoderi Samad, Derrick McFadden, and Tyrone Terrell for the killing of Anthony Stevens. Wilson and Terrell were convicted of second-degree murder, Samad was convicted of first-degree murder, and McFadden was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
On July 9, 2016, at approximately 10:30 am, the defendants, all armed with firearms, surrounded Anthony Stevens as he sat reclined in the passenger seat of his car waiting to get a haircut. His car was parked on 92 nd  Avenue near International Boulevard, around the corner from a street-side memorial for a young man named TJ who had been murdered the night before. TJ was the brother of defendant Anthony Wilson, and was a friend of the rest of the defendants. After going to the memorial for approximately 10 minutes, the defendants walked back toward their cars parked on 92 nd  Avenue. Defendant Wilson approached Stevens’ car on the driver’s side, and defendant Terrell approached on the passenger’s side. Defendants Samad and McFadden hung back near the corner. Terrell opened the passenger door of Stevens’ car, at which time Stevens got out of the car with a gun in his hand. Defendant Wilson immediately began firing his gun over the roof of the car, and Terrell shot at Stevens as Stevens attempted to run away. Unfortunately, Stevens ran back in the direction of Samad and McFadden, who also began shooting at Stevens. McFadden was shot by friendly fire, probably from Terrell. When Stevens fell to the ground and attempted to crawl behind a car for cover, Samad took aim and fired two additional shots, killing him. The jury rejected defendants’ claims of self-defense at trial. This case was prosecuted by DDA Stacie Pettigrew with the assistance of Inspector Carl Bonner and Victim Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.



People v. Shiheim Johnson

On March 13, 2019, a jury convicted defendant Shiheim Johnson of first degree murder with a personal use of a firearm, robbery with use of a firearm, and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. On December 20, 2015, defendant and a juvenile co-participant agreed to sell a gun to the deceased victim and his cousin.
The incident occurred in the 900 block of Mandela Parkway in Oakland. Instead of selling the gun, the defendant and the juvenile pointed guns at the victims and demanded their property. The deceased victim tried to fight the juvenile co-participant. At the same time, the defendant held a gun to the cousin’s head and threatened to kill him. While the other two fought, the defendant told the juvenile to shoot. The juvenile co-participant then shot the victim one time in the back causing his death. Oakland Police Department Investigators collected evidence from cell phones and social media to corroborate the identification made by the surviving victim. DDA Timothy Wagstaffe prosecuted the case along with the assistance of Inspector Tom Milner and Victim-Witness Advocate Lily Bueno.

For a summary of recent verdicts, please visit our website.
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Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) website: The ACFJC is a 1-stop location that provides victims of crime with legal, health, and support services, and the opportunity for physical and psychological safety, recovery and well-being.

HEAT Watch: HEAT Watch is the anti-human trafficking program run by the DA's Office. It coordinates the response to help fight trafficking in the Bay Area and beyond. 

DA Speakers Bureau: We provide speakers for your next school or community meeting who come to you with decades of expertise about the law, the criminal justice system and how we at the DA's Office can help you if you have been the victim of a crime. 

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