Family Of Missing Black Teen Says Police Are More Concerned About A Missing Dog

Jonathan Bandabaila, missing Black teen from Oakland

Oakland, CA — Jonathan Bandabaila, a 19-year old Black teen from Oakland, has been miss­ing since May, and his fam­i­ly is express­ing their dis­ap­point­ment with the Oakland Police Department. They alleged­ly man­aged to send out a search notice about a miss­ing dog with­in 2 days, but it took almost 4 months to issue a sim­i­lar search notice for their loved one.

Jonathan was report­ed­ly last seen on May 3rd after he left his home to attend a soc­cer tour­na­ment. His car was found the next day parked in the west­bound direc­tion of the San Mateo Bridge.

Police also recov­ered some of his belong­ings inside the car, such as his soc­cer uni­form, gears, and clothes he planned to wear to an upcom­ing for­mal event.

His broth­er, Harrison Bandabaila, described Jonathan as an “amaz­ing per­son” and said they had no idea why he would just dis­ap­pear.

I don’t think he ran away. There were no signs of depres­sion or men­tal ill­ness. He was hap­py,” he told East Bay Times.

Meanwhile, Harrison claimed the police seemed not to show con­cern about his brother’s van­ish­ing.

One of my family’s com­plaints was that the Oakland Police Department put out a memo that there’s a dog miss­ing — two days after it went miss­ing — yet it took them 149 days to put out that Jonathan was miss­ing,” Harrison said in a recent inter­view on Sirius XM’s The Clay Cane Show. “Like, it’s very frus­trat­ing.”

He added that they couldn’t help but be dis­ap­point­ed with the fact that Jonathan’s dis­ap­pear­ance appar­ent­ly did not have enough news cov­er­age. He said his moth­er watch­es cable news every night, hop­ing to see a sto­ry about it, but to no avail.

There are oth­er situation’s going on in our soci­ety, in our com­mu­ni­ty and they (the media) are report­ing about stuff that, you know — it’s some­thing to report on, there are impor­tant things. But there are oth­er things more impor­tant than that.”

Moreover, his fam­i­ly is offer­ing a $2,500 reward to any­one who has infor­ma­tion lead­ing to Jonathan’s where­abouts.