Oakland police: No one hurt during carjacking arrest, citing body-camera footage

OAKLAND — Police said they have reviewed body-worn camera footage and confirmed a carjacking suspect taken into custody this weekend was unhurt.

Just before 10 a.m. Saturday, officers saw a parked vehicle in the 1200 block of Kirkham Street and found it had been listed stolen in a recent carjacking.

After officers saw a male in the vehicle driver’s seat, they woke the driver with patrol-car announcements and horn and siren blasts before ordering him to raise his hands and open his door. When the driver said the door was broken, officers tried to open all doors but found them locked, and then talked to the driver before breaking a window to open a door.

“The driver then went limp and actively resisted by attempting to kick, bite and spit on the officers while screaming, ‘I can’t breathe,’” police said in their statement.

“Officers held the driver by his shoulders while he was being handcuffed to ensure they were not  being bit and spit upon. The driver continued to actively resist as the officers put him into the patrol car.”

Police said the driver was not hurt and was taken to a hospital for medical clearance before going to jail. The man’s identity and specific booking charges were not immediately available Sunday evening, but police said the driver appeared to be connected to a series of robberies.

As officers took the suspect into custody, police said “a group of 20-25 hostile community members gathered and began filming the officers,” and added that ranking department officers had reviewed footage from arresting officers’ body-worn cameras to make sure the suspect was able to breathe without obstruction.

“We are sharing this information in an effort to be transparent and accountable to our community and to clarify misinformation posted on personal social media platforms regarding this incident,” police said in part.

“We are aware of the scrutiny and concern regarding officers actions and want to ensure that we are responsive and transparent to our community’s concerns. The Oakland Police Department welcomes and appreciates the community bringing their concerns forward.”

Anyone with information about the carjacking or any possibly related robberies may call the department’s robbery section at (510) 238-3326.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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Author: George Kelly