Video shows of­fi­cer at Oak­land ware­house months be­fore fire

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OAK­LAND (AP) — A body cam­era video shows a po­lice of­fi­cer or­der­ing the shut­down of a sus­pected il­le­gal rave at an Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, ware­house nearly two years be­fore a fire killed 36 par­ty­go­ers in the ram­shackle build­ing.

The video of the arts col­lec­tive known as the “Ghost Ship” was ob­tained and made pub­lic by the Bay Area News Group on Thurs­day.

“I will be talk­ing to the city, and we’ll be deal­ing with this place,” the of­fi­cer says on the video.

Late Thurs­day, the Po­lice Depart­ment re­leased a po­lice re­port that the of­fi­cer wrote, and said that it had been for­warded to the vice unit then to the depart­ment’s Al­co­hol Bev­er­age Ac­tion Team.

But, the depart­ment said, such in­frac­tions at the time were views as low-pri­or­ity.

“Since the Ghost Ship tragedy, those poli­cies have changed,” the depart­ment said in a state­ment.

The video shows the of­fi­cer bang­ing on the door at 1:30 a.m. on March 1, 2015, and then telling a pro­moter there were noise com­plaints and re­ports that peo­ple were pay­ing $25 to get in and drugs were be­ing sold.

The deadly fire erupted on Dec. 2, 2016, dur­ing a dance party at the ware­house where some peo­ple were il­le­gally liv­ing.

Since then, it has come to light that city and state of­fi­cials fielded years of com­plaints about dan­ger­ous con­di­tions, drugs, ne­glected chil­dren, trash, thefts and squab­bles at the ware­house.

The March 2015 video is one of nine body cam­era record­ings that the Bay Area News Group has been seek­ing from Oak­land po­lice.

In the video, the of­fi­cer stood in the door­way talk­ing to the party pro­moter, who re­fused him en­try. Even­tu­ally peo­ple be­gan leav­ing.

“If I come back, I’m gonna give you a fine. It’s gonna be a very, very ex­pen­sive fine,” the of­fi­cer said. “I’m still gonna make sure that the city knows about this place, and I’m gonna talk to the owner of this place as well. We’ll fig­ure out what you guys are do­ing.”


LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — The Los An­ge­les Uni­fied School District will di­rect $151 mil­lion to 50 schools to set­tle a law­suit over how the na­tion’s sec­ond-largest school sys­tem spends money in­tended for its need­i­est stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to a set­tle­ment an­nounced Thurs­day.

The funds will be fun­neled over three years to schools in neigh­bor­hoods mostly in South and East Los An­ge­les and will be aimed par­tic­u­larly at low­in­come stu­dents, English learn­ers and foster youth.

Nearly all the stu­dents at the 50 cam­puses named in the set­tle­ment are in those tar­geted groups.

The money will help boost tu­tor­ing, men­tal health sup­port, coun­sel­ing and par­ent par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The set­tle­ment ends a law­suit filed in 2015 by par­ent Reyna Frias and groups in­clud­ing Com­mu­nity Coali­tion. It ac­cused the district of mis­spending up to $450 mil­lion a year — us­ing that money for gen­eral op­er­a­tions in­stead of to ben­e­fit the tar­geted stu­dents.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — The chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Irvine, says the school has read­mit­ted most of the 500 stu­dents whose ad­mis­sion offers were re­scinded last month.

Chan­cel­lor Howard Gillman apol­o­gized Wed­nes­day for the “un­ac­cept­able dis­tress” caused to stu­dents after the cam­pus abruptly pulled the offers for the cur­rent fall se­mes­ter.


THOU­SAND OAKS (AP) — Author­i­ties say a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia man jailed on sus­pi­cion of check fraud and iden­tity theft is sus­pected of us­ing a coun­ter­feit cashier’s check to post bail.

Cedric Fri­er­son, 42, was ini­tially ar­rested in June after Thou­sand Oaks po­lice said he gave three coun­ter­feit checks to­tal­ing $12,000 to a car deal­er­ship as down pay­ment on an SUV. The ar­rest came after a four-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion dur­ing which de­tec­tives dis­cov­ered he al­legedly passed coun­ter­feit checks to sev­eral busi­nesses.

Fri­er­son was re­leased after post­ing bail. But po­lice say they de­ter­mined a coun­ter­feit cashier’s check was used to post the bail and Fri­er­son was re­ar­rested July 19.


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