The Oakland Police Department is not wasting any time in preparing to crack down on illegal sideshows this weekend.
The department has zero-tolerance for the illegal activity and in an effort to prevent them from happening, deputies from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office have teamed up with Oakland police to monitor the streets.
“Number one is we are out today already doing traffic enforcement in Oakland,” Seargent Ray Kelly said. “We have some significant mobile field forces out there and taking a zero-tolerance approach to sideshow and any other criminal activity going on as it relates to vehicles.”
The two law enforcement agencies are combining resources to thwart any crowds from gathering in the wake of last Sunday’s sideshow where over a thousand people took over the intersection of 42nd and International.
“We are not going to let a group of a thousand congregate,” Kelly says. “That’s not going to happen. We’re never going to let it get that big.”
Officials at OPD say they are now treating sideshows like any other protest or mass demonstration as the illegal activity now includes a new level of violence.
In fact, Kelly says sideshow violence in Oakland is worse than he has seen in 20 years.
“What people will tell you, people in the early sideshows back in the 80s, is that young folks did sideshow activity but now we are seeing guns and a level of criminality we haven’t seen before,” Kelly added.
Officers are still tallying the total number of vehicles impounded, citations issued and arrests from last weekend.
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