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California Implosion

Here's how the Oakland PD is dealing with necessary belt-tightening:

Oakland's police chief is making some dire claims about what his force will and will not respond to if layoffs go as planned.

Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers will no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism. He says if you live and Oakland and one of the above happens to you, you need to let police know on-line.

There's a word for that kind of thing -- blackmail.

And I believe that's a crime, even in Oakland.