Brian Krans

Brian Krans

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Brian Krans is a reporter in the East Bay who covers public health, from cops to COVID. He has written for the Oaklandside, Healthline, California Healthline and the Appeal.

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Mar 25, 2024

After record year of car chases, Vallejo police seek to reduce crashes

Vallejo police engaged in 197 pursuits in 2023, up 33% from the year before....

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Jan 31, 2024

What happened to Mat Mustard, the lead Vallejo detective in ‘American Nightmare’?

‘How do I make it so you look like a monster?’ Detective Mat Mustard asks the boyfriend of a kidnapping victim in the Netflix docuseries. Mustard, who was never disciplined for his role in accusing the couple of a hoax, continued to have other controversies....

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Jan 25, 2024

Attorney for fired Vallejo cop seeks to restrain Miller Walks from reporting client’s disciplinary record

Attorney tells Sun to "not do a story" on records publicly posted to the federal court's website....

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Dec 19, 2023

No charges for Vallejo detective who killed Sean Monterrosa in 2020

Attorney for Monterrosa family says they’re relieved to finally know what state DOJ would do, even if they didn’t like the outcome....

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Dec 05, 2023

Vallejo police officer shot at teen’s back in November, video shows

Video played in court Monday contradicts officer’s statement, but the city has refused to release it....

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Oct 26, 2023

Recent Vallejo police chases leave people injured or dead

Vallejo officers initiate more vehicle chases than most other California law enforcement agencies, according to CHP data....

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Oct 04, 2023

Under VPOA control, Vallejo police had no hiring guidelines

Newly released records show how the Vallejo Police Officers Association worked to maintain their grip on hiring, contributing to the department’s staffing crisis....

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Jul 25, 2023

Authorities 'sent a cellmate' to get man shot by Vallejo police to talk about court case, attorney alleges

A public defender alleged in court that a cellmate was sent to get Jamazea Kittell to talk about his legal proceedings while he was healing from a gunshot wound to the face....

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Jul 21, 2023

Vallejo police gunshot detection tech still not installed seven months after approval

Vallejo police did not provide surveillance technology usage data Thursday to the board charged with advising its use....

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Jul 11, 2023

Hearing delayed for man Vallejo police shot in June

Jamazea Deyon Kittell appeared in a Solano County Courtroom in Fairfield Tuesday afternoon....

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Jun 02, 2023

Three years after Vallejo police killed Sean Monterrosa, his family still awaits updates

The California Department of Justice took up the criminal investigation into Sean Monterrosa’s death two years ago, but Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office has provided no update on the case, including to the Monterrosa family....

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Apr 10, 2023

Federal case law protects Vallejo police’s pattern of violence, legal scholar argues

Joanna Schwartz, a professor of law at UCLA, wrote in her new book Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable that a federal judge “had firsthand knowledge of a pattern of substantial claims of constitutional violations by Vallejo police.”...

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