Families of Murder Victims Demand Justice from OPD

Lt. Drennon Lindsey stands
with members of #TheirLivesMatter advocacy group Francie Dows, Mysti
Knight, Brenda Grisham, Gilda Baker, Linda Jones, Stacy Hogg. Shannon
Hogg-Harris. Photo taken by Spencer Whitney

Lt. Drennon Lindsey stands with members of #TheirLivesMatter advocacy group Francie Dows, Mysti Knight, Brenda Grisham, Gilda Baker, Linda Jones, Stacy Hogg. Shannon Hogg-Harris. Photo taken by Spencer Whitney

On Thursday morning, the advocacy branch of the Christopher LaVell Jones Foundation #TheirLivesMatter met with the Oakland Police Department to discuss demands raised the families of murder victims.

The group’s demands include ensuring the privacy of eyewitnesses to murder cases and creating an oversight board that will have minimal access to the clients’ files to answer routine questions about the case.

Lt. Drennon Lindsey, OPD homicide commander who was present at the meeting, said the department is doing its best to assist families and solve cases despite having limited resources.

“I am glad we’ve had a chance to address some of the concerns in the community,” said Lindsey. “We have homicide officers on standby ready to assist families and have an officer assigned to each case.”

The group’s first meeting was held on Aug. 27, a joint meeting with representatives from Mayor Jean Quan’s office, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley’s office and the Oakland Police Department.

“We are now in the process of strategizing with each individual group to ensure they completely understand and comply with our demands – which publicly they have already agreed to adopt,” said Brenda Grisham of the Christopher LaVell Jones Foundation.

The foundation was created in 2010 after Grisham’s son was killed.

“We will be meeting with Mayor Quan next week to discuss OPD cooperating with families of murder victims and creating an oversight board where they can receive updated information,” said Grisham.

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3 Comments

  1. Dorothy

    I read this article by Spencer Whitney and was inpressed. I would like to get in touch/or be put in touch with Brenda Grisham. My son was a victim also and I have a lot to say about how his case was handle or not handled.
    Please give her my contact information.
    Thank you.

  2. Will August

    I have a son that was murdered in Oakland. Is this group for females only? Do you have regular meetings for sharing and supporting? If so, where? Looking forward for your response.

    Sincerely

    Will

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