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Danville man among slain Oakland officers

Original post made on Mar 22, 2009

Ervin Romans of Danville was one of the three Oakland police officers shot and killed yesterday by a man on parole. Romans, 43, was hired by the Oakland Police Department in January 1996. He was a member of the SWAT team that entered the Oakland apartment where the suspect of an earlier police officer killing was hiding.

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Comments (24)

Posted by mare
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2009 at 12:50 pm

who ever paroled lovell mixon killed four police officers.

Posted by Jan
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2009 at 1:01 pm

We need to return to indeterminate sentencing, so that people who are obviously very dangerous can be locked up until they are old. His prior conviction tells you all you need to know about him, that he is a predator and should remain incarcerated until he is too old and frail to harm anyone. Get rid of the drug crimes and divert the property crimes, and we could afford to do this. It isn't that many people, just a small percentage of the population who are truly dangerous. Officers should not have to worry that THIS is what they are going to face when making a routine traffic stop. Once identified, he should be removed from the general population, period.

Posted by Shannea
a resident of Danville
on Mar 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Here is a man trying to better the Oakland community and a piece of crap that has no business out on the streets takes some of the finest men working to protect from people like that! I am very mad & sad that we have lost some respected men. Please pray for all of the families involved. RIP & God Bless all law enforcement!!!

Posted by sad
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm

this is very tragic. RIP Officer Romans. you died too young.

Posted by Harold Reimann
a resident of another community
on Mar 23, 2009 at 6:59 am

The Pope could have also talked about the clouds of evil over Oakland and other big cities in the US.

Posted by Judith
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 23, 2009 at 7:41 am

I am absolutely sick over this. To think of four fine men who are trying to keep our communities safe being cut down is horrible. I hurt for the City of Oakland and all the good people there. But especially for the families of these officers. Something must be done about the amount of guns, the types of guns that citizens are allowed to have. It is a State and National tragedy.

Posted by Emily
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Mar 23, 2009 at 8:22 am


And to think Channel 3 News had a huge picture of Mixon's family as the cover page on its website. The family was so upset because it wasn't Lovelle's fault. Lovelle was really a good person, not a monster. He probably killed those police officers because he was depressed and no one would hire him. Oh, I forgot when people lose their jobs the kill police.

Everyone needs to read the comments on the Channel 3 website and the Chronicle website. Many think the killings were justified and the Lovell was a hero. Everyone should be outraged by this!!!! Call Chanel 3 and its sponsors and complain. Write and call the Chronicle and ask them why we should feel sorry for Lovelle and his (comment deleted) family. Lovelle was allowed to marry his girlfriend while in prison. Wonder how many children he's fathered and how much it's costing the taxpayers to support them.

Are the police and all the outraged citizens going to rally in Oakland and break widows and burn buildings? Is Lovelle's family going to hire John Burris and sue the city for a wrongful death? Maybe the police should leave Oakland to the drug dealers and paroles or let their major and John Burris patrol the streets.

Posted by Tom
a resident of Diablo
on Mar 23, 2009 at 9:01 am

I feel the same way as Emily. Where, during another Oakland tragedy, is the community outrage over the fact that a dirtball murdered four fine men who were doing a very risky job in a city where few seem to care about the police. It's hard for me to understand how, when the tables are turned, the reactions are so different.

Posted by Bob
a resident of Danville
on Mar 23, 2009 at 9:22 am

All you NRA types who love people to have the right to own assault weapons should look into your souls and ask if you still want these weapons on the streets with the ability to fire thru closet walls into our swat policemen.

Posted by Sue K
a resident of Danville
on Mar 23, 2009 at 11:19 am

Dolores: WHAT COMMENT WAS RACIST? Is it racist to say that a scumbag killed a fellow citizen? And you're the editor of our local paper. What about the racist comments made on TV by Lavelle's family? Listen to KGO or read the Chron,hundreds of people are posting comments and calling in to say that the police are at fault, not the guy who killed the four officers. Wonder who's racist!

Posted by Emily
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Mar 23, 2009 at 11:22 am

Guess my comment about welfare that Dolores deleted was racist!

Posted by Jerry F
a resident of Blackhawk
on Mar 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm

How do we prevent criminals from killing innocent people and police officers? It's society’s problem, but society cannot change or help those who don't take any responsibility for their lives and blame everyone but themselves when things go wrong. Society cannot make parents raise their children to be good citizens. Perhaps you could move to East Oakland and see if you like living where the gangs and criminals have all the rights and the police and the honest citizens are in constant danger of being killed. Believe me it isn't Danville.

Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Mar 23, 2009 at 3:12 pm

All you anti-gun types please note that as a felon Lovelle was barred by law from owning and even touching any firearm. He did it anyway because that is what criminals do. Murder is illegal and he did that too. A hundred more laws against guns and murder will not stop people like Lovelle. What will stop them is keeping them in prison for their full term. Outlaw parole, not guns! RIP Officers; condolences to the families, friends, and co-workers.

Posted by James
a resident of another community
on Mar 23, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Oh please. You can dress it up in any justifications you want, but if you denounce a person based on their race you are a racist. And since you seem to be missing some crucial american history, the Indians or Native Americans were here long before the settlers at plymouth rock. I would be interested in whatever proof you have to offer that the majority of the pilgrims were jewish. (Editor's Note: This refers to a comment that was removed due to offensive language.) Besides which, just because a couple hundred people settle in one little corner of a massive continent that doesn't mean they own it. There were spanish settlements, mexican settlements, french settlements.

American history is filled with different races and nationalities all coming to this land where supposedly everyone has a chance to make a life for themselves.

And people can justify any ridiculous hatreds and actions by using the bible or whatever holy book you happen to believe in.

Posted by Mary L.
a resident of Danville
on Mar 23, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I feel the same as many of you here, sick about this and so sorry for the families of these true hero's. They were doing their job, trying to protect civilians as best they could in a climate that will no longer let law enforcement agents do what needs to be done. They are now held back by those that blame them for even touching a criminal. Hungry lawyers are chomping at the bit to file anything they can against those there to protect us. News media glorifies the criminals and downplays the "good guys", how has this come to be? I wonder how the men and women of law enforcement can put on their uniforms each day to head out protecting a community when they know they could be the ones prosecuted at the end of a shift?
And I so agree with statements here about our prison system, we let out animals like this "nice, not a monster" jerk to carry assault weapons and use them at his whim. I bet his family ends up suing the City of Oakland for unjust killing... that will come next. What's happening here? I'm praying this week for the families of these four hero's, I'll pray next week for all of us.

Posted by Harold Reimann
a resident of another community
on Mar 23, 2009 at 11:25 pm

The Canaanites were in the land before the Israelites took it. Did you know the Mayans believed they came from the East? All the indians of North and South America were Canaanites. You see, the Israelites didn't obey God and kill every man, woman and child. So we have had to deal with them for 300 years before we conquered them and they are on the rise again in the form of hispanics.

God owns the land not the indians. He gave us this land from sea to shining sea. Didn't you read that I mentioned our basic stock was Anglo-Saxon? So why ask about Jews? Jews were only 1/13 of all Israelites. The two sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, received the blessing and birthright from God. They got a double portion, an extra tribe for Joseph. Ephraim was to be a great multitude of nations. Manasseh was to be a great nation. And they are brothers. Only the UK and US fit. See that Jan and I have been deleted. But truth will win and Delores will go into the Tribulation!

Posted by Janet
a resident of another community
on Mar 24, 2009 at 10:33 am

I, too, agree with Emily and Tom. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!!! These men deserve honor and respect. They are heroes! The media once again shows its blatant arrogance and complete absense of morality. God bless these men and their families and keep them in your heart.

Posted by Terrified by angry, self-righteous, pontificating Christians
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Don't worry Dolores, you are safe from Harold's imprecations.

Good heavens Harold, do you really think it is helpful to use biblical stories, meant to teach metaphoric lessons, to fuel and justify your bigoted fears and hatred?

Have you forgotten the message of Jesus, a message of peace, love and forgiveness?

Posted by Todd
a resident of Danville
on Mar 24, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Everyone should say a prayer and send in a donation to the families. I will. Cops in areas like Oakland risk their lives everyday dealing with the scum of the earth. That guy got what was coming to him, I am just sorry it didnt happen sooner.

Posted by Harold Reimann
a resident of another community
on Mar 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Make a copy of my letter Delores. Save it for when it comes true.

Lots of people TALK love. I will show you love with the truth! Course Delores you could look into the truth and save yourself. But you deleted my ad. Well, check my name in Google, should find my page.

Posted by Joanie
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2009 at 7:48 am

I attended the inspiring celebration for our hometown hero, Sully. I hope Danville puts on a similar celebration for our fallen officer Rowens from Danville and I hope the satellite trucks lineup in front of the library for that event as well. A very sad loss for his wife and children.

Posted by Jayne Schnittker
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 25, 2009 at 7:57 am

This is for the catagory, of the slain officer from Danville.

We are so saddened by the loss of more dedicated men, in the police forces of our communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families. Such tragedies; shouldn't be happening to people; that are giving their lives, to trying to protect all of us.

Posted by Judith B.
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Mar 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

I am sick and saddened by the loss of four brave policemen, all the ages of my own children. It is sickening that the residents (also know as a mob) of that neighborhood were claiming that Mixon was a victim. He was a predator, rapist, thug.

Now four families have lost their sons, husbands, and fathers. there are no words to express how angry and upset I am over this. Please lets close down the gun shops. Why would anyone need an AK-47? Look at what is happening in Mexico and know that this is moving up here. It is only because of our wonderful police that we are safe.

If we release the non-violent offenders from prisons, then there will be plenty of room for the predators, etc. We need to have better programs for children when they start to go astray. We need to support programs in the inner-city schools to help these children. We need to insure that we and our children are not buying, using drugs also.

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a resident of San Ramon

on Jun 2, 2017 at 1:57 am

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