Oakland mourns slain officers

March 23, 2009 2:06:50 PM PDT
Several investigations were underway Monday into the shootings of several Oakland police officers. Also underway are events to honor the officers gunned down Saturday by parolee Lovelle Mixon.

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People have been leaving flowers and cards, inside and outside the Oakland Police Department.

Officer John Hege is still on life support. Sergeants Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Dan Sakai all lost their lives in the deadliest incident ever for Oakland police.

People were already waiting when a condolence book was placed inside the lobby of Oakland's City Hall around 10:30 Monday morning. There has been a line to sign the book ever since then as sympathy has been pouring in from all corners of the City.

But, not everybody feels that way.

Robin Parkers was among the first to sign the condolence book in the lobby at Oakland's City Hall. At the Oakland Police Department one woman stopped by to light one of the candles, part of an impromptu tribute to the fallen officers.

Inside was a more organized tribute to the men whose names will soon be added to the wall of officers killed in the line of duty.

But, there has been some taunting of the Oakland Police Department as well, from people who say they are glad the officers were gunned down.

"There's a small group of people out there in Oakland, that are taking advantage of the situation to make negative comments. But, the overwhelming majority of the people in Oakland and California, and the United States, are sharing in our sorrow," said Oakland's Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan.

People from both camps can be found on the streets of Oakland. At 74th and MacArthur, where the two motorcycle cops were shot during a routine traffic stop, an homage can be found.

A half-block away, at the apartment building where two SWAT team sergeants were killed and an officer wounded, a cousin of Lovelle Mixon stopped by to honor him.

"There's two sides to every story," said Dolores Darnell. "You can't just look at one side. And, we're going to put up a candlelight up for him because we really need justice to be served."

Separate investigations are underway by Oakland Police Department homicide. Another investigation is being carried out by internal affairs. A third investigation is being carried out by the District Attorney's office.

Results from these are still some time off.

"We still have a lot of witnesses to interview. A lot of officers cannot provide interviews at this point because they are pretty upset about what happened. And, we have evidence to review. This is going to take a while to complete," Chief Jordan told ABC7.

Chief Jordan said a memorial for the fallen officers was still in the planning stages. Plans for the donation of Officer Hege's organs are still underway.

The Chief said people who want to show their support for the Oakland Police Department can simply stop and say "Thank you," to any officer on the street, to acknowledge what they are going through.

Trust funds have been established for the fallen officers. People who wish to make contributions to the funds have two options:

1. Individual Checks made out to families and mailed to c/o OPOA:
Attn: Rennee Hassna
555 5th Street
Oakland Ca, 94607

Checks should be made out to the following:
a. Dunakin Children's Family Trust
b. Romans Children's Family Trust
c. Sakai Family Trust

2. Wire transfers directly to Merrill Lynch Accounts:
a. Dunakin Children's Family Trust a/c #204-04065
b. Romans Children's Family Trust a/c #204-04066
c. Sakai Family Trust a/c #204-04064

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