Video shows officer at Oakland warehouse months before fire
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.”
►SETTLEMENT SENDS $150M TO 50 NEEDIEST LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS:
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.
► CHANCELLOR APOLOGIZES AFTER SCHOOL RESCINDS ADMISSION OFFERS:
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.
►MAN JAILED FOR CHECK FRAUD PASSES COUNTERFEIT CHECK FOR BAIL:
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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