Meanwhile in Oakland: Bullet goes through window of Federal Courthouse

by sanjosebarstool

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SFGate – The U.S. Marshals Service is reviewing security procedures at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in downtown Oakland after a bullet ended up lodged in the jury room of a judge.

The bullet passed through the second-floor chambers of U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White before coming to rest in the jury room, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Joseph Palmer, a spokesman for U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe, who is responsible for federal courthouse security. The round was discovered Sunday afternoon, when the building at 1301 Clay St. was unoccupied, Palmer said. It doesn’t appear that White or his staff were targeted, Palmer said.

“At this point, it appears that this was a stray bullet, and it does not appear that the courthouse, any federal judges, or members of the court family were specifically targeted,” O’Keefe said in a statement. “However, the security of federal judges and court staff remain a top priority for the U.S. Marshals, and we will continue to work alongside the courts to determine if any additional security is needed.”

Oakland police retrieved the bullet, Palmer said, adding he didn’t know if the round had come through a wall or a window. Palmer declined to discuss reports that the federal building’s windows were not bulletproof. “I’m not in a position where I can comment on specific security features of the courthouse,” he said. Investigators are trying to determine whether the bullet had been fired during a shooting in the area, including an incident about 1:30 a.m. Friday when someone was shot and wounded on the 1200 block of Clay Street, a block away.

Granted, this may have happened at 1:30 AM on a Friday night, usually it’s not a good look when your city has crime happening with spitting distance of your Federal courthouse. I don’t how awful your city is, the police and the rest of the law make sure it’s not happening right in front of their office doors. But Oakland? Nahh, bruh, it’s cool.

And for all the cool kids who think Oakland’s going to be the new San Francisco, here ya go:

 

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