Homicide Rate Overwhelming Oakland Police http://www.ktvu.com/news/15280322/detail.html POSTED: 7:54 am PST February 12, 2008 UPDATED: 8:12 am PST February 12, 2008 OAKLAND, Calif. -- A man was gunned down on the streets of Oakland late Monday, the 21st person killed in the East Bay city over the first 43 days of 2008 -- nearly double the 12 homicides at this time last year. The deadly surge has forced Oakland police chief Wayne Tucker to take several drastic steps. He reportedly was ready to ask city officials for $7.7 million to fund 60 additional officers to patrol the streets. Over the weekend, the police also staged a gun buy-back program. Officials believed they may get some 300 weapons turned in for cash. Instead more than 1,000 weapons were turned in as lines stretched for several blocks. The size of the crowd drained the police coffers and IOUs had to be handed out. Now the cash-strapped department is reportedly on the hook for $170,000. Oakland police spokesman Roland Holmgren said many in the crowd were not even from Oakland. There were some people who took advantage of the system," Holmgren told the Oakland Tribune. "We didn't expect to have people come from Reno. Some were gun dealers who couldn't get rid of them any other way. They came in with 30 or 50 guns, and some still had price tags on them, like $35. Who else has that many guns?"