Oakland police increase presence at Lakefest following Juneteenth shooting

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The Oakland Police Department increased its presence around Lake Merritt as Lakefest took place on Saturday.

The move comes days after at least 15 people were shot, one person was assaulted and two officers were attacked during an unsanctioned Juneteenth event. And it’s a decision that’s aligning with Lakefest’s increased safety measures.

“We were already wanting to focus on crowd control because nothing happened last year. Safety is our priority,” said Shayla Jamerson, a co-producer of the event.

The event’s organizers implemented bag checks and fencing for the area, while OPD increased its physical presence. Additionally, several nearby streets were closed.

“We have an extra amount of officers out there working today to provide a visual presence and visual deterrent for those who want to disrupt the event,” said Floyd Mitchell, OPD chief.

Despite increased safety measures, Gamel James said Wednesday’s mass shooting was in the back of his mind.

“I was a little apprehensive about coming out today,” he said. “When I [saw how] they had it set up and how secure it was looks like it’s pretty safe. They’re checking everybody before they come in.”

The fifth annual event highlighted music, vendors and food for families to take part in.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.