I think the reason is a mixture of a dangerous neighbourhood, bad school, dangerous city, mob mentality and coward/sick on-lookers. These guys might be “gang” members and even popular in the neighborhood.

I can assume two kinds of passer-bys –

  • Some who were too scared to call probably due to the “suspected” reputation of these “guys”
  • Others probably even found it in a “sick-sense” titillating for a girl of a minority (here white) getting raped?

In both cases, they were “sick”, “coward” and “criminal”. They should be put in jail for life for being an observer to the crime or even enjoying the scene. The rapists should be all given death penalties!

I also miss the fact that how come the women at the dance didn’t do anything? Were there only men there? and no one was told about it?

On a different note, I also think it was bad judgement for the girl to go to the dark parking lot and consume a lot of alcohol with these guys.

Richmond High School is a relatively bad school in a “dangerous” city. The school seems to have a majority Hispanic/Latino crowd. 


Richmond High School –

  • According to Richmond High’s School Accountability Report Card (SARC), which is required to be published annually, the school has a predominantly “Hispanic or Latinostudent base, accounting for 76.43% of their total enrollment.
  • The SARC report also cites that 75% of the student base is “Socioeconomically Disadvantaged”, with 54% designated as “English Learners”.

Check some stats from SARC score card

Richmond High School Report Card

Richmond High School Report Card 2

Richmond High School Report Card 3

Richmond High School Report Card 4


Crime in Oakland, California

Rates are based on cases per 100,000 for all of calendar 2007 (Data from FBI Table)

Population – 396,541   
Violent crime –    1918
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter     30
Forcible rape –    75
Robbery – 875
Aggravated assault – 937   
Property crime     – 5,968
Burglary – 1,196
Larceny-theft –    2,258
Motor vehicle theft – 2,514   
Arson – 72

From wikipedia

In 2003, 109 murders in a city of 407,000 set Oakland 3.5 times higher than the national average. That same year, all violent crimes in Oakland were 2.31 times more numerous than the national average, and property crimes were 1.26 times more numerous.[92] In 2004, there were 88 murders, and in 2005, there were 94. Police estimated that drugs played a part in 80% of the murders. Then-mayor Jerry Brown said that it was harder to deal with specific crime issues with fewer police officers than in previous years.[93]

Historically, most murders have occurred in West Oakland and the flatlands of East Oakland between I-580 and I-880.[83][94] Montclair, Rockridge and some areas in North Oakland have fewer problems with violent crime.[95] Property crime is widespread throughout the city. In 2007, Oakland had by far the highest robbery and motor vehicle theft rates of all significant cities in California, with one robbery per 114 citizens and one car theft per 40 citizens, three to four times the state average.[82] A rash of high-profile restaurant takeover robberies in 2008 has led to sharp criticism.[96] Since the beginning of 2007 however, street crimes in Oakland have dropped substantially enough to bring overall crime down by a small percentage.[97]

The five-year average for homicide victims in Oakland breaks down as follows: 77% Black, 15.4% Hispanic, 3.2% White, 2.8% Asian and 1.6% Unknown. The five-year average for homicide suspects in Oakland breaks down as follows: 64.7% Black, 8.6% Hispanic, 0.2% White, 2.0% Asian and 24.4% Unknown. In 2006, homicide victims under the age of 18 tripled compared to previous years. Five year averages compiled for 2001-2006 showed that 30% of murder victims were between the ages of 18 to 24 and another 33% were between 25 and 34 years old. Males made up 96% of suspects and 88% of victims.

African Americans comprise about one-third of Oakland’s residents, yet they are over-represented in crime statistics, and most homicides occur in African-American neighborhoods.[98] Journalist Earl Ofari Hutchinson mentions crime in Oakland as an example of a rising problem of “black-on-black” crime, which Oakland shares with other major cities in the US. Bill Cosby mentions Oakland as one of the many American cities where crime is “endemic” and young African-American men are being murdered and incarcerated in disproportionate numbers. Cosby opines that the parents of such youths and young men, and “the Black community in general,” have failed to inculcate proper standards of moral behavior.

In a November 2008 Congressional Quarterly Press publication, the city of Oakland was rated 5th worst in a nationwide ranking of violent crime. The ranking counted six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. CQ Press has used these categories for determining city crime rankings since 1999. By comparison, other Bay Area cities ranked as follows: Richmond was 9th worst, Vallejo 67th, San Francisco 102nd, Hayward 125th and Berkeley 132nd. Oakland finished 2008 with 124 homicides, three less than the 2007 total.

An increase in the number of police officers helped reduce the crime rate toward the end of 2008, a trend that continued through the first half of 2009. Other serious crimes have dropped since January 1, 2009, compared to the same time period during 2008. However, in the wake of several high profile officer-involved shootings and other violence in 2009, a spokesman for the Oakland Police Department has remarked that Oakland is “still a dangerous city.