San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll has been writing about Oakland's crime woes, and our former dean, David Ratner, wrote an interesting response to one of Carroll's columns, discussing past alliances between organized crime and law enforcement in Las Vegas to control crime. Here is an excerpt from Dean Ratner's response -- you can read the entire column here:
As a former Dean of USF Law School, I was intrigued by your 'modest proposal' for reform of Oakland law enforcement. Are you aware that a scheme very similar to the one you propose, in which law enforcement duties would be shared by the city and the leaders of organized crime, was developed and operated successfully for many years in the city of Las Vegas? This occurred during the period when most of the large casinos were run by the 'Jewish Mafia' and before they were taken over by large publicly-held corporations (our new form of 'organized crime').