"Today, we find ourselves in a crisis," Chief Armstrong said. "We find ourselves reeling from a weekend of violence where we've seen four homicides over a three-day period. It now has us currently at 65 homicides for the year — that's a 90% increase compared to last year. Our shootings are up over 70% this year. Our robberies are up 11% this year — there's been 1,300 robberies in this city already this year. Our carjackings are up nearly 88%. So we see clearly that crime is out of control in the city of Oakland and our response was for less police resources."