The attack occurred right outside City Hall
According to the LA Times, “Newscasters from the KNTV were filming the interview with Guillermo Cespedes, the director of the Department of Violence Prevention, when the robbers attempted to steal the TV crew’s camera and equipment. A scuffle ensued, and a private security guard pulled out a gun and ordered the suspects to leave. The two fled without the camera, and no injuries were reported.”
“Hours before the attempted robbery, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong held a news conference, slamming the City Council for passing a budget that will cut the police force’s funding by $18 million. He warned of the recent spike in violent crime throughout the city, urging that more department funding was necessary,” the Times reported.