She also said gunshots are a common occurrence in East Oakland, where many of the year’s homicides have taken place.
“We hear gunshots almost every day,” Espinoza said. “It’s been going on so much in the community, it’s becoming normalized. It should never have come to this point.”
Meanwhile, the police chief and other community members gathered at City Hall on Tuesday to condemn ongoing violence in Oakland that included six homicides since last Thursday. Most were shot.
“Give us a break. Give this community a break,” Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said. He was joined by peace advocates and mothers of people who were killed, all of them urging people to become more involved in reducing violence.