Pamela Price, the Soros-backed, soft-on-crime District Attorney of Alameda County, California recently became a crime victim herself in crime-infested Oakland.
Price’s work-laptop was reportedly stolen from her Chevy Tahoe in a smash and grab burglary Friday afternoon while she was attending a domestic violence event.
According to ABC7 reporter Dan Noyes, “Price’s bodyguard parked the $90,000 county Tahoe SUV outside the Family Justice Center, and returned to see the window broken and her work laptop gone.”
An Oakland Police Department source told Noyes “she waited an hour for police to arrive, gave up, and made report online.”
ALCO DA Pamela Price got bipped. Her bodyguard parked $90k county Tahoe SUV outside a domestic violence event at Family Justice Center, and returned to see the window broken and her work laptop gone. OPD source says she waited an hour for police to arrive, gave up, and made…
— Dan Noyes (@dannoyes) October 28, 2023
Oakland PD confirmed the burglary on Saturday, saying in a statement “officers learned that multiple individuals broke into a vehicle, took several items and then fled the area in a vehicle with the loss.”
A recall campaign was launched against Price in July of 2023—only six months after she took office—over her lenient charging decisions for serious crimes, including the murders of a toddler and a Home Depot loss prevention employee, CBS News Bay Area reported.
Price campaigned on left-wing criminal justice reforms that included alternatives to incarceration.
According to CBS Bay Area East Bay residents, public safety advocates and families of victims argued that “she pursues sentences that are excessively lenient—that favor perpetrators over victims.”
Official paperwork to launch a recall has been filed by a group called “Save Alameda for Everyone” or S.A.F.E. The move signals the committee’s intent to formally begin fundraising and collect signatures.
Community organizer and president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Foundation Carl Chan and Brenda Grisham, whose son was killed in Oakland in 2010, are part of the recall effort.
“I was elected because the people in this community didn’t feel safe, unfortunately. We know that crime under my predecessor was pretty much exploding,” Price said.
“The DA’s role has really no impact on crime. To create a safe community, we need to invest in alternatives to incarceration,” she said.
Oakland police warned residents in July about an uptick in home invasion robberies, which had shot up at least seven percent compared to the same period last year.
Despite this, Price told CBS Bay Area reporter Betty Yu that she felt safe in the crime-ridden city.
“I live in East Oakland even and I know a lot of people say, ‘Oh that’s terrible!’ I feel safe,” she insisted.
Soros-backed DA Pamela Price was just the victim of a car burglary in her own district of Oakland. The thugs stole her laptop and smashed her windows.
The DA called the cops and waited an hour. They didn’t come. She was forced to file a report online like everyone else.
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) October 30, 2023
According to Yu, the district attorney’s “public relations person” pressed her to “ask about Price’s accomplishments” less than halfway into the 15-minute interview.
“I’m sorry to interrupt. I don’t think you asked about the achievements of the first six months,” Lee said.
When Yu asked Price what metrics were being used to gauge her success, the district attorney replied that the office still needs to establish them.
“I think the metrics are that we’re beginning to create a baseline for the data that we have,” Price said. “Unfortunately, we got here and the technology is pretty much outdated and underutilized.”
Crime victims complain that Price has pushed for the shortest possible sentences of violent offenders.
“There’s a lot of families that are victims of Pamela Price and the system that she’s trying to create and it will be three months on Tuesday of my son’s death,” said Lori Mohs.
Pleasanton police said Mohs’ son Blake was shot to death by a shoplifter who stole a charger for a power tool at a Pleasanton Home Depot on April 18, 2023. Mohs said the prosecutor on the case told her Benicia Knapps — the accused killer — will face a murder charge and an enhancement that carries the least amount of prison time.
A KPIX report featuring the Mohs family caught the attention of lawmakers in the United States Capitol, where Lori Mohs recently testified before the House Judiciary Committee.
“Can you also tell us — you have this public forum, a forum that you never wanted — but to the prosecutors in this case, I hope they’re listening to this, what do you want to see as an outcome?” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Ca.) asked in that meeting.
“We should be charging this case appropriately and we should be charging the case based on facts and not personal opinion or personal agenda,” Mohs said. “We should be using the judicial system as it should be used, not for personal gain but for the safety of our communities and our children. By not charging the proper ‘gun’ which is discharge and death, Benicia Knapps will serve much less of a sentence and the DA’s office is refusing to do so. It’s not fair that we have to be victimized again.”
When asked to respond to Moh’s statement, Price had no comment.
“Since I haven’t had any conversation with her, reading me some statement that she made — I think that’s not fair,” she said.
Price told Yu that she was “a visual person and would have to watch the statement.” However, when asked if she’d like to view the testimony on YouTube, the district attorney reportedly responded “no.”
Meanwhile, Moh’s family members told CBS they have not been able to meet with Price even after repeated attempts to reach her directly.
According to Yu, Price refused to address any specific cases, but she did argue that adding enhancements to charges disproportionately affects blacks.
“Any time that we can divert someone from the criminal justice system, that is a goal because the criminal justice system has shown to be racially biased,” Price said. “Often what studies have shown — and it’s true in Alameda County — many times people who are perpetrators or labeled as perpetrators were actually victims.”
San Jose Mercury News reported that Price hired her boyfriend Antwon Cloird for a six-figure position in her office at the beginning of her administration. Cloird was hired as a “senior program specialist” with a $115,502 per year salary despite allegations that “he extorted Richmond business owners for tens of thousands of dollars — a claim that drew the attention of the FBI.” Price reportedly brought him onto her team without disclosing their relationship, although it was an “open secret” in the office.
By July of 2023, according to CBS Bay Area, several seasoned prosecutors had resigned, saying they could not legally and ethically fulfill their duties to represent the rights of victims.
“Seasoned prosecutor to me is not someone with 7 or 10 years. I’ve been a lawyer for 40 years so if someone says they’re seasoned to me, they need to show me where they’ve been practicing law for 40 years at the highest level,” Price said.
Yu said Price’s PR staffer pushed her to wrap up the interview before the allotted time was up.
“I hope that, moving forward, we will have more access to you,” Yu said. Price reportedly responded “I doubt it, quite frankly” and laughed.