Transgender Jeopardy champion robbed in police-defunded city, says ‘I also got sick’ after

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OAKLAND, CA – The person who has won the most wins on “Jeopardy!” for a transgender woman has been robbed in her hometown of Oakland, California.

The game show champion was not injured during the robbery.

On January 2nd, the current champion of the game show, Amy Schneider, was approached by two people around 3:30 p.m. who demanded his money and property. The Oakland Police Department reported that at least one of the suspects was armed with a gun. The Oakland Police reported:

“Two unknown individuals, one with a firearm, approached the victim and demanded the victim’s property. The victim complied, and the individuals ran off with the victim’s personal belongings.”

The day after the robbery, Schneider took to social media to tell his fans what had occurred.

On Twitter, he wrote:

“Hi all! So, first off: I’m fine. But I got robbed yesterday, lost my ID, credit cards, and phone. I then couldn’t really sleep last night, and have been dragging myself around all day trying to replace everything.”

“Jeopardy!” reported that they had reached out to Schneider to check on his well-being after the terrifying incident. The show released a statement regarding the robbery:

“We were deeply saddened to hear about this incident, and we reached out to Amy privately to offer our help in any capacity.”

Schneider’s success on the game show has led to him accumulating $897,600 which puts him in fourth place for the highest during regular season play and fifth all-time in winnings.

He was won 24 games in total which puts him as the fourth highest out of all Jeopardy! contestants. Currently, the closest woman to Schneider’s success, Julia Collins, set the record for most wins by a woman in 2014.

Members of the LGBTQ community have been thrilled with the number of wins Schneider has racked up on the game show. This is because they believe that Schneider’s success is bringing attention, in a good way, to those who are transgender.

Nick Adams, the Director of Transgender Representation, released a statement month on Schneider’s success:

“Amy Schneider’s incredible run on Jeopardy! Allows families all over the county to get to know her as someone who is great at word puzzles, has in-depth knowledge on a range of topics, and who also happens to be a transgender woman.

“Amy is using her history-making appearances and new platform to raise awareness of transgender issues and share a bit of her personal story, too.”

Sadly, Schneider’s robbery is one of many that have been occurring during a violent uptick in crime throughout San Francisco and Oakland.

Another recent robbery in the Oakland area occurred on November 28th when the victim and his wife were walking in the area of 9th Street and Jackson.

In this case, the older couple was approached by an unknown male who pulled up his shirt to show the pair that he had a gun on him and demanded his watch. The victim said:

“Immediately he pulled up his shirt and showed me his 9 mm tucked inside his shirt. At that moment I panicked, I screamed for help and I ran onto the street. My wife tried to save me by pulling on his pants.”

The suspect, in this case, was apparently angered that the victim did not give up his watch immediately and chased him down. The suspect pistol-whipped the victim and took off with his $300,000 Rolex and then fled the area.

The victim survived his injuries and has been released from the hospital. He said:

“We’re extremely blessed we didn’t get shot, we didn’t get hospitalized, we didn’t get killed.”

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Council member of police-defunded Oakland now wants $50k bonuses to hire officers as crime explodes

OAKLAND, CA – A year ago, Democrats, liberals, Antifa and the like were all calling for the defunding of police nationwide.

Oakland was one of those cities, and is now clamoring to hire more cops, including offering a bonus.

 

After the fallout following the death of George Floyd, there was a nationwide call to defund police departments across the nation.

Those calling for defunding thought that taking the funds that were dedicated to police departments and funneling that money into social service funds would somehow make the world a safer place.

Now that the cities that did some form of defunding have seen violent crime increases in these large metropolitan areas, like Oakland, they are realizing that they need more officers, not less.

Oakland City Council Member and current mayoral candidate Sheng Thao is one of those people now calling for more police to help curb the violence that is seemingly spinning out of control.

One of the issues that cities like Oakland have experienced is recruiting and training qualified police officers.

One of the reasons why it is difficult is that Oakland, like other large metropolitan cities, have all had some form of defunding which can be disheartening and lead to resignations.

Thao is trying to come up with anyway to entice police officers into their defunded agency.

Thao said:

“We are in a public safety emergency right now. It feels like everyday; we experience a new, senseless tragedy.”

To entice experienced officers to come to work in the city of Oakland, Thao is proposing a $50,000 signing bonus to any officer who wants to come to Oakland.

Currently, the city is looking to fill the 60 vacancies they have in their ranks which notes the lowest manpower the agency has had in six years.

 

Recruits who are given the bonus would be required to maintain employment with the Oakland Police Department for a minimum of five years if the bonus is approved by council.

If an officer chooses to leave the agency prior to 18 months being completed, they would be required to pay the entire $50,000 back to the city. The amount of money an officer would have to repay would be contingent on the number of years they complete.

Additionally, Thao also wants to see additional police academy trainings completed over the course of the next few years but realizes that those academies will be for the long haul and is not a way for immediate relief. Thao said:

“A traditional police academy approved today wouldn’t get new officers on the ground until 2023, and Oakland is facing the highest homicide rate in almost a decade.”

Another Oakland City Council member, Loren Taylor, also notes that the city is seemingly in a state of emergency due to the increase in violent crime. Taylor said:

“I think it’s important to acknowledge that we are in a state of emergency. We have excessive gun violence that we haven’t seen for four or five years and it’s important that we respond commensurately.”

The City of Oakland is experiencing not only an increase in violent crimes in general, but also their homicide rate is up by roughly 40 percent from the same time frame from last year according to the Police Officers Association in the city.

Barry Donelan, the President of the Police Officers Association for the Oakland Police Department spoke about the number of officers that have left the agency – three just in the last four days. Donelan said:

“Officers are leaving in droves, they don’t feel valued, their vacations aren’t preserved by the city council, they’re derided and vilified at every turn.”

Whether the money being offered by the city, if approved by council, is enough to attract new officers remains to be seen. But Oakland is not the only city in the nation that

Many agencies throughout the nation are trying to utilize hiring bonuses to attract seasoned officers into their ranks. Defunded cities like Portland and Seattle are hoping that the amount of money being offered is enough to fill their ranks.

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