An NBC News Bay Area crew was conducting an interview with Oakland’s violence prevention czar when two men approached the group and attempted to rob them.
Midway through NBC Bay Area’s interview with Oakland’s head of violence prevention, Guillermo Cespedes, two robbers interrupted, holding up the crew and Cespedes. A “scuffle” took place, an Oakland police spokesperson told SFGATE, before a security officer with the news crew pulled out his own firearm and commanded the robbers to leave.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch; a leftist news crew, and a man who wants to defund the police.
The incident took place Monday afternoon, shortly after Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong decried a city budget that reallocated an extra $18 million away from police out of a proposed police budget of $674 million. Those funds will be put into the city’s Department of Violence Prevention, helmed by Cespedes, who joined the department in 2020.
Well it certainly looks like the violence prevention program is paying off in spades. Bravo!