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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  Sep 27, 2022

Caltrans begins sweeps of Vallejo homeless encampments

Caltrans said it alerted residents of these camps to the impending sweeps on Sept. 21....

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  Sep 15, 2022

Behind the scenes: One year of the Vallejo Sun

It’s been a year since veteran journalists John Glidden, Scott Morris and Brian Krans launched the Vallejo Sun....

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  Aug 17, 2022

Extremism in the North Bay: Three Percenters in Solano and Napa counties

A radical right wing ideology has been gathering power for years and evidence suggests it may even be present in Solano County law enforcement....

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  Jul 13, 2022

Records show Vallejo police paid for repaired or replacement badges for officers in shootings

Officers may have obtained refurbished or replacement badges to obscure a tradition of bending the tips of their badges to mark on-duty shootings....

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  Jun 30, 2022

Witnesses say fatal Father’s Day shooting by Solano deputies in Vallejo was ‘overkill’

Two witnesses said sheriff’s deputies did not try to de-escalate a situation where Jason Thompson appeared to be harming himself with a knife-like instrument before gesturing it towards authorities....

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  Jun 02, 2022

The Vallejo police killing of Sean Monterrosa, two years later

Vallejo Police Det. Jarrett Tonn shot Sean Monterrosa in the back of the head on June 2, 2020....

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  May 20, 2022

Commander criticized Vallejo cops who skipped ‘any type’ of investigation into domestic violence call

Vallejo police officers Bryan Glick and Joseph Coelho were criticized by their commanding officer for not adequately investigating an alleged case of domestic violence in 2018....

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  May 12, 2022

The Vallejo police war on rap music

Policing and protests have helped shape the rich music scene in Vallejo. But rap musicians are frequent targets of police....

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  Mar 31, 2022

How badge bending became a ritual among Vallejo police

For the last two decades, some members of the Vallejo Police Department have bent the tips of badges belonging to officers after they were involved in an on-duty shooting....

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  Mar 23, 2022

Judge says outside investigation into Vallejo police badge-bending tradition has ‘no value’

The judge said retired Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano's investigation into Vallejo police's tradition of badge-bending after shooting someone on duty is "not designed to bring some light" into the practice....

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  Mar 16, 2022

Why did Cherie Nicoletta and others die in Vallejo’s Project RoomKey?

At least four people died in hotels in Vallejo under a statewide initiative to keep people experiencing homelessness safe during the COVID-19 pandemic....

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  Feb 09, 2022

The Willie McCoy tapes: inside the Vallejo police investigation

Never before heard interviews with the officers involved in the Vallejo police killing of Willie McCoy....

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