Eric Westervelt

Eric Westervelt appears in the following:

Communities are dealing with an increase in homicides. What's behind the rise?

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Two consecutive years of escalating gun violence and homicides leave big cities and small towns reeling as they search for ways to regain control of a problem with many causes.


Mario Gonzalez died after police pinned him down for 5 minutes. Now his autopsy is in

Friday, December 10, 2021

The autopsy of a California man who was restrained by police calls his death a homicide but says the leading cause was methamphetamine toxicity. His family's attorneys are filing a civil rights suit.


Her daughter was killed and now this mom is calling on Oakland to step up and help

Monday, December 06, 2021

The surge in gun violence and homicide mirrors in Oakland, Calif., mirrors an uptick in killings nationally as many cities are on track to match or surpass last year's terrible murder toll.


As Oakland's murders rise, the mayor wants planned cuts to the police reversed

Friday, December 03, 2021

Homicides in many U.S. cities are up again this year after rising nearly 30% last year. We look at the impact of the spike in homicides and shootings on one family in Oakland, Calif.


Behind the loud pushback against progressive district attorneys across the country

Friday, November 26, 2021

An effort to remove San Francisco's progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin from office is gaining momentum. It's part of a wider (so far unsuccessful) backlash against reformist DAs nationally.


San Francisco's new rapid response teams race to save lives as ODs dramatically rise

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

The city's per capita overdose death rate is among the highest in the U.S. To help address the crisis, city officials launched Street Overdose Response Teams, part of a broader public health effort.


Halloween may return to some normalcy for trick-or-treaters

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Halloween is back! At least for one pre-K class in Oakland, California. They had a "trunk or treat" in their first semi-normal event in more than 18 months.


Heat stress likely caused the deaths of a California family while they were hiking

Thursday, October 21, 2021

The case of the family found dead on a hiking trail in August had perplexed investigators and the public. On Thursday, Sheriff-Coroner Jeremy Briese confirmed the cause of death.


After 25 Years In The Dark, The CDC Wants To Study The True Toll Of Guns In America

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

We don't know the full impact of nonfatal firearms-related injuries. Unreliable data and political pressure have obscured the picture for researchers, the media and the public. That may soon change.


Fire Crews Are Strained As Climate Change Sparks More Extreme Weather Events

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Extreme weather fueled by climate change is straining the financial and human resources of emergency agencies and first responders, especially wildland firefighters across much of the West.


Massive Caldor Fire Continues To Threaten Biggest City On California's Lake Tahoe

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Firefighters in northern California are facing another tough day of strong winds as they race to try to stop the massive Caldor wildfire from reaching the southern end of iconic Lake Tahoe.


Can Rage Hotlines Prevent Some Mass Shootings? Researchers Study The Idea

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Extreme anger and rage are common traits among perpetrators of most mass shootings. Researchers are studying how they might preemptively manage that anger. One idea is creation of anger helplines.


Cops Say Low Morale And Department Scrutiny Are Driving Them Away From The Job

Thursday, June 24, 2021

The mass exodus comes at a delicate time for many communities large and small as violent crime is on the rise and recruitment remains difficult.


The Record Temperatures Enveloping The West Are Not Your Average Heat Wave

Saturday, June 19, 2021

From the Great Plains to the California coast, a powerful "heat dome" is setting records. This one is stronger and bigger and is appearing earlier than normal.


Oregon's Pioneering Drug Decriminalization Experiment Is Now Facing The Hard Test

Friday, June 18, 2021

Oregon's bold move to decriminalize small amounts of all hard drugs and expand treatment is now meeting the reality of implementation as the treatment community is divided over the way forward.


Oakland Becomes Latest City Looking To Take Police Out Of Some Nonviolent 911 Calls

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The city's fire department will oversee the pilot project that aims to pair an EMT with someone with lived experience in the mental health, addiction, criminal justice or homeless services systems.


Deepening Drought Holds 'Ominous' Signs For Wildfire Threat In The West

Thursday, May 06, 2021

After one of the most destructive and extreme wildfire seasons in modern history, Californians are bracing again. Widening drought is creating conditions even worse than last year.


Lawyer Says Police Didn't Need To Arrest Man Who Died After Being Pinned To Ground

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Mario Gonzalez, 26, died in police custody on April 19. Body camera footage showed police pinning him to the ground for several minutes.


Police Bodycam Footage Released After Man Died During Arrest In Alameda, Calif.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Body camera footage released of a northern California man who died after officers pinned him to the ground for five minutes has sparked outrage. His family wants the officers involved prosecuted.


Cities Looking To Reform Police Traffic Stops To Combat 'Fishing Expeditions'

Friday, April 16, 2021

A handful of states and cities are rethinking police traffic stops. They want to reduce or eliminate what critics have long called "fishing expeditions" that disproportionately affect people of color.