Sideshow crackdown in Oakland every weekend throughout the summer

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Friday, June 21, 2019
Crackdown on sideshows in Oakland every weekend this summer
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Officers will be issuing citations, making arrests, and towing vehicles during a summer-long weekend crackdown on illegal sideshows in Oakland.

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- You will see an increase in marked patrol cars throughout the city of Oakland this weekend due to a crackdown on illegal sideshows.

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The Oakland Police Department and the California Highway Patrol will have a team of officers dedicated to issuing tickets, making arrests, and towing vehicles.

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"Violent, disruptive, illegal behavior will not be tolerated in the city of Oakland. Our investigators will be working to identify those responsible for committing crimes and participating in illegal sideshow activity," said Oakland Police Department in a statement.

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Police say sideshows can be extremely dangerous.

"Illegal sideshow activity has led to serious injury or death of spectators and or participants," said police.

Police say the crackdown will continue every weekend throughout the summer. They will also have air support and regional law enforcement partners helping out.