Former Student Arrested After College Shooting
One Goh, a 43-year-old former Oikos University student, was charged with
murder and attempted murder following a Monday, April 2 shooting spree at the
Oakland, Calif. college left seven dead and three wounded. The wounded victims
were released from the hospital the next day.
Witnesses report that Goh forced a woman from her office and into a classroom at
gunpoint, then started shooting; he then took the victim’s keys and fled in her car.
Later, Goh told investigators that he went to the school with a .45-caliber handgun
and four fully loaded magazines of ammunition. Goh surrendered to police at a
grocery store several miles from the college a short time later.
At this time, there is no known motive for the shootings, although police say
Goh had anger management issues. Goh’s friends note that both his brother and
mother died within the last year, and he was recently evicted from his apartment
Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said Goh had gone to the school intending
to find an administrator and classmates who had treated him unfairly; however,
the administrator was not present.
“The enormity and devastation of these crimes in unprecedented in Alameda
County,” said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.
Oikos University is a small college that caters to the Korean-American Christian
community. Due to these circumstances, the city will work to find multi-linguistic
counselors for survivors.
International Pressure Builds in Mali
Pressure has been escalating in Mali over the past
few weeks, after rebel groups seized power from a
democratically elected president, relinquished it and
returned Mali to its former state of civilian rule.
In response, the African Union and Economic
Community of Western African States have imposed
sanctions to cut off trade and transportation to the country,
as well as cripple its economy. The coup leaders pledge to begin
talks to establish a traditional and peaceful government.
However, the country currently faces supply problems,
due to being blocked off from the sea and reliant on the
imports it gets from shipping.
Amnesty International has raised concerns for the
safety of civilians, following mass reports of violence and
looting. The United States has also warned against
traveling to the county.
Supreme Court Allows Strip Searches for Any Arrest
On Monday, April 2, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that officials
may strip search arrested people before admitting them to jail. The
ruling applies to any offense, regardless of how major or minor, and
it allows searches even when there is no probable cause of the person
Despite debate among federal appeals courts, most courts at this
level agree that there must be probable cause to conduct strip searches.
The Supreme Court ruling does not require searches, and only states
that the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and
seizures does not prohibit searches among those admitted to jail.
This ruling contradicts statute in 10 states and federal policy.
According to the American Bar Association, this type of procedure is
banned by international human rights treaties.