Bad news—the media is now the target of crimes in Oakland.
“Officer Johnna Watson, a police spokeswoman, said investigators were “seeing if this is a group of individuals who are targeting media, or if these are just random acts or crimes of opportunity.”
TV cameras are worth as much as $60,000 apiece, and tripods are about $7,000. There’s speculation among reporters that the gear is being sold on the black market.
“These are very big, heavy, broadcast-quality cameras,” said Janice Gin, KTVU associate news director. “The layperson might be able to figure out how to point and shoot. But they wouldn’t know how to maximize the attributes of the camera.”
Don’t worry; the cops are on the case. Did you know the Oakland crime lab is THREE years behind in analyzing finger prints from crime scenes?
Who was recently the Mayor for eight years? Jerry Brown, the “professional” Glad to know the Second Amendment exists in Oakland—they have fired about one-third of their cops. Now the media is the target.
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“The latest holdup was Monday afternoon, when veteran Oakland Tribune photographer Laura Oda was robbed of her laptop and cameras after she took pictures of a mural on San Pablo Avenue near 35th Street. As in the robbery of the KTVU van, police have made no arrests.
Journalists are no strangers to crime in Oakland. Several vehicles belonging to TV and radio stations were vandalized during recent Occupy Oakland protests, and a KGO-TV cameraman was hit on the head while covering a homicide near the Occupy compound outside City Hall last year.
Last year, another KGO-TV cameraman and reporter were attacked and