by Anneli Rufus
Sad news comes from the Oakland Police Department in an email just received from Officer Roland Holmgren announcing that OPD Lt. Derrick Norfleet committed suicide yesterday:
"On July 30, 2008, the Oakland Police Department along with many friends and family members suffered an extreme loss with the passing of 45-year-old Derrick Norfleet. Norfleet was a Lieutenant assigned to the Patrol Division and had been with the Department for over 22 years, when on Wednesday morning he committed suicide at his Vallejo home. Lieutenant Norfleet's ever-present smile will be missed by many, especially his family left behind. Family members have arrived from as far as Texas to attend funeral services that will take place next Thursday, August 7, 2008 at a location yet to be determined.
"Lieutenant Norfleet had honorably risen to the rank of Lieutenant within the Department. His positive approach to problem solving was admired by all as he respectfully worked in assignments such as Patrol and the Criminal Investigations Division. A valued member of the Department and President of the Oakland Black Police Officerís Association (OBOA), Lieutenant Norfleet was steadfast in his efforts to bring peace to the citizens of Oakland and rid the City of crime and violence."