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The ambivalent silences of the left: Lovelle Mixon, police and the politics of race and rape

April 21, 2009

by Raider Nation Collective

Oscar Grant’s mother and family weep as they lead over a hundred people on a march through Hayward Feb. 27, on what would have been Oscar’s 23rd birthday. A rally in front of the Hayward City Hall followed, but no officials came out to show support – only the police, who severely harassed the marchers. Is Oscar’s life worth less than the four police officers killed March 21? – Photo: Bill Hackwell
Oscar Grant’s mother and family weep as they lead over a hundred people on a march through Hayward Feb. 27, on what would have been Oscar’s 23rd birthday. A rally in front of the Hayward City Hall followed, but no officials came out to show support – only the police, who severely harassed the marchers. Is Oscar’s life worth less than the four police officers killed March 21? – Photo: Bill Hackwell
Oakland – We began discussing this on a day dripping with hypocrisy. Local Fox affiliate KTVU is among many television channels broadcasting live and in its entirety the funeral for four Oakland police officers who were killed in a pair of shooting incidents March 21. News anchors speak at length and with little regard to journalistic objectivity – a commodity which, dubious in general, disintegrates entirely in times such as these – about the lives of these “heroes,” these “angels,” and the families they leave behind. Trust funds for fatherless children are established, their existence trumpeted loudly at 6 and 11; one can only assume with such publicity that donations are rolling in. There is not a dry eye in the house, it would appear: The “community” has rallied around its fallen saviors.

Or so initial press coverage would have us believe. But while the press was on the streets pushing the message of unity in mourning, live shots from the scene found somber and serious reporters disrupted by words and gestures suggesting little sympathy for the police, and reports emerged – notably in the New York Times – that bystanders had been mocking and taunting police after the shooting.

When the local Uhuru House hosted a vigil not for the fallen police but for the other victims, Lovelle Mixon and his family, the press was forced to abandon its tune of unity, deploying instead outrage and shocked disbelief – especially by Bill O’Reilly – only to later realize that such sympathy was rather widespread and worthy of discussion.

Liberal hypocrisy

The hypocrisy should be clear, but for some reason it has gone largely unmentioned, with those suggesting anything of the sort booed and hissed into anguished silence. Any and all mentioning, however quietly, the name “Oscar Grant,” with reference to the young Black man murdered in cold blood by BART police in the first hours of the New Year, have been made to regret it, but it is Grant above all others whose case shows this hypocrisy in all its clarity.

Jack Bryson, father of two of Oscar Grant’s closest friends, who were with him on the BART platform when he was executed, spoke March 4 at the Independent Public Tribunal to Investigate the Killing of Oscar Grant held by BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland. Speaking passionately on a recent Block Report to Minister of Information JR, he said regarding the official response to Oscar’s execution: “They act like Oscar didn’t matter. But Oscar does matter.” – Photo: Dave Id, Indybay
Jack Bryson, father of two of Oscar Grant’s closest friends, who were with him on the BART platform when he was executed, spoke March 4 at the Independent Public Tribunal to Investigate the Killing of Oscar Grant held by BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland. Speaking passionately on a recent Block Report to Minister of Information JR, he said regarding the official response to Oscar’s execution: “They act like Oscar didn’t matter. But Oscar does matter.” – Photo: Dave Id, Indybay
After all, Grant was not deemed a “hero” or an “angel” by the mainstream press when he was gunned down by BART Officer Johannes Mehserle, and despite all of the outrage at the shooting, liberal or otherwise, we have seen how the press and local officials were bending over backwards to justify or at least understand Mehserle’s actions. Oscar Grant’s funeral was not carried live on local television, and what meager trust fund was established for Grant’s daughter exists thanks to a small group of sympathizers, most in the local Black religious community, and not thanks to the state, the media or BART.

This hypocrisy began with Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, whose rapid reaction to the deaths of the four police speaks volumes in and of itself, since Dellums’ own week-long silence following Oscar Grant’s killing played a role in sparking the Jan. 7 rebellion. In this case, however, Dellums was on television within a few hours preaching the inherent equality of all human life.

But this was a magnificent display of liberal doublespeak, as Dellums’ declaration was meant to silence, not encourage, comparisons to Oscar Grant. But even this would not be enough to earn Dellums the support of the police union or the families, and the mayor was even refused permission to speak at the police funeral that had become the year’s must-attend political event, featuring such state political powerhouses as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Attorney General Jerry Brown, and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

The reason remains unclear, but it is possible that even Dellums’ tepid sympathy for the life of Oscar Grant was too much for the families of the police, and it has even been suggested that Dellums’ equally tepid opposition to Blackwater-style privatized policing in East Oakland is to blame. However, since no other Black elected official was allowed to speak either, it seems that race was the deciding factor.

Kristian Williams, author of “Our Enemies in Blue” and “American Methods,” who was recently invited to give a public talk on the subject at the historic Continental Club in West Oakland, insisted that police funerals “have less to do with the grieving process of individual families and everything to do with legitimizing past and future police violence.” According to Williams, policing is the only occupation which regularly exaggerates its own dangerousness – which statistically comes in just below garbage collectors. But constant reference to the danger and heroism of policing has the effect of stifling any and all criticism: Police funerals as a public spectacle, according to Williams, “tell the public to shut up.” And shut up they have.

Farewell to the spineless left

Historically speaking, there is always a point at which the liberal and white left loses its nerve. As Ward Churchill demonstrates in his “Pacifism as Pathology,” it was a moment such as this one at which the white left abandoned the Black Panthers: “When [Black Panther] party cadres responded (as promised) by meeting the violence of repression with armed resistance, the bulk of their ‘principled’ white support evaporated. This horrifying retreat … left its members nakedly exposed to ‘surgical termination’ by special police units.”

Under the cover of pacifism, the spineless left paradoxically cleared the way for the violent extermination campaign that the Panthers would face. Certainly, the case of Lovelle Mixon and OPD is not the same as that of the Panthers, but the response on much of the left has been the same: silence. And this at a time when speaking and acting and questioning are more necessary than ever, when the police have been granted a political carte blanche to step-up attacks on the Black and Brown community in Oakland.

Friends and family expressed their love – remembering the good times – and their grief and anger at the rally for Lovelle Mixon on March 25, four days after his death. – Photo: Dave Id, Indybay
Friends and family expressed their love – remembering the good times – and their grief and anger at the rally for Lovelle Mixon on March 25, four days after his death. – Photo: Dave Id, Indybay
Fearing association with a “cop killer” – a phrase which itself betrays the unequal value placed on different lives – or a “rapist” – an allegation the OPD’s PR machine was quick to deploy – fearing being inevitably painted as supporting Mixon’s actions, much of the local left has refused to even ask the most basic of questions. In what follows, we will address the most pressing of these.

A ‘routine stop’?

We recently had the opportunity to see some of OPD’s so-called “routine stops” alongside members of Oakland’s nascent Copwatch organization. We spoke with two young Black men on the 9800 block of MacArthur Boulevard who had been cuffed and detained for “matching the description” of subjects suspected to be in possession of a firearm. That is to say, they were young and Black and wearing black hoodies and jeans, just like everyone else around that night. Five minutes after Copwatchers arrived to document the stop, they were released.

We also observed more “routine stops” in the guise of illegal DUI checkpoints by California Highway Patrol running the full length of International Boulevard and targeting largely Latino men. Several tow trucks were lined up to line their pockets with another’s misfortune, as CHP officers would stop vehicles, run their licenses and registration, perform on-the-spot DUI tests and impound vehicles.

We spoke with a young woman who was abandoned on the street at 2 a.m. after officers arrested her sister-in-law, towed their car – with the keys to her apartment inside – and sped off after telling her they would get her a ride home.

Such are the status of “routine stops,” and in a country where racial profiling is all but accepted practice among police, we should be wary of any claim to “routine-ness.” The only thing “routine” about such stops is the harassment that the Black and Brown community suffers at the hands of the police every day.

What happened? Who was Mixon?

What little we know is this: It was at a “routine stop” that Mixon allegedly shot Officers Mark Dunakin and John Hege, before taking refuge in his sister’s nearby apartment. We also know that it was when the OPD SWAT team stormed into said apartment that Mixon, now allegedly armed with an AK-47, killed Daniel Sakai and Ervin Romans, wounding as well Patrick Gonzalez.

We also know, thanks to interviews with Mixon’s family, the circumstances he was facing at the time: released from prison after serving time for a felony and previous parole violation, unemployed and unable to find work as a felon and increasingly frustrated with his slim prospects for the future. According to his grandmother, equally frustrating was the shabby treatment Mixon received from his parole officer, who she claims had missed several appointments. Mixon, she says, had even volunteered to return briefly to prison if it would mean he could change parole officers.

In the face of such frustration, according to his grandmother, Mixon had himself missed a parole appointment, and so was facing a no-bail warrant and some jail time. Also, if it is true that he was carrying a gun, he would have been facing even more. These are the circumstances that Mixon faced when stopped, circumstances common to all too many under the regime of “Three Strikes” and the structure of policing in general. As Prisoners of Conscience Committee Minister of Information JR puts it: “To all the Three Strikes supporters, police sympathizers and prison industry businessmen, how does it feel when the rabbit has the gun? Welcome to East Oakland.”

Fast forward to his sister’s Enjoli’s apartment, where there is an additional question that needs to be asked: What was the SWAT team thinking when they stormed in, tossing stun grenades which injured 16-year-old Reynete Mixon in the process? What seems to have clearly been a bad decision in retrospect brings us back to where we started: Their fury at the news of dead police led them to risk the lives of many others rather than attempting to de-escalate. In all likelihood, the SWAT team expected to meet Mixon with the same handgun that had been used against Dunakin and Hege; in all likelihood, they expected to be at a tactical advantage in firepower terms, and to have an excuse to kill Mixon in response.

An occupying army?

On April 4, Oscar Grant’s Uncle Bobby Johnson told the crowd that gathers at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland every Saturday to strategize and fight for justice for Oscar Grant: “What I saw on television how the media up-played all of us Black folks, white folks supporting the officers who were killed – in a sense that was OK. But where I kind of twinged was, I didn’t feel Oscar got the same support.” Listen to his entire testimony here. – Photo and recording: Dave Id, Indybay
On April 4, Oscar Grant’s Uncle Bobby Johnson told the crowd that gathers at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland every Saturday to strategize and fight for justice for Oscar Grant: “What I saw on television how the media up-played all of us Black folks, white folks supporting the officers who were killed – in a sense that was OK. But where I kind of twinged was, I didn’t feel Oscar got the same support.” Listen to his entire testimony here. – Photo and recording: Dave Id, Indybay
Despite the efforts by the mainstream media, in close alliance with OPD, to paint a picture of a community unified in mourning four cops and equally unified in its hatred for Lovelle Mixon, this image of unity has been inevitably cracked, forcing a discussion of the very real divisions that exist in Oakland and the central position of the police as an instrument of that division. This position is best summarized in two words, drawn from the logic of colonialism: “occupying army.”

This certainly is the perception of many who were at the scene, telling police to “get the fuck out of East Oakland.” What is most striking is the fact that such spontaneous reactions by young Black men in East Oakland are, in point of fact, quite true, because here is something else the press isn’t saying: Not one of the officers killed lived in Oakland; all were residents of the suburbs.

It’s difficult to find out exactly what percentage of OPD actually live in the city – the Uhuru House puts the number at only 18 percent – but with salaries beginning at $87,000 and often exceeding $200,000 with overtime, we could assume that the percentage is very low. It’s difficult to argue with the claim that OPD functions as an occupying army, since even the younger members of the Black and Brown community know full well that they are, as Fanon defined the colonizer, “from elsewhere.”

If this recognition of the role played by OPD was clear in the “taunting” at the scene, it has also played out in the more generalized racial breakdown of responses to the deaths of the four officers. A friend who works in the Eastmont area, but a block or two from the shootings, recently told us:

“I have seen white co-workers speaking about it as if they were heroes. Even ones who were pissed and annoyed by cops were suddenly sympathetic. Social workers of color, on the other hand, were talking about the 40-ish Black youth killed in the last few years and how suddenly a few cops die – none of whom live here – and people act like their grandpa got shot.”

Rape and race?

As the press discourse of community outrage began to disintegrate, it now appears as though OPD found it necessary to reinforce its waning sympathy. To do so, the police turned to the most traditional of means: accusing a Black man of rape. These rape accusations have provided liberals and even so-called radicals a convenient excuse to distance themselves from the case of Lovelle Mixon, and the irony of the “discovery” of a “probable” (read: inconclusive) DNA link the day before the shootings provides a fulfilling belief that the shooting was tragically unnecessary as, supposedly, Mixon would have soon been arrested and taken off the streets. But it is here that we find the most disturbing of maneuvers by the police and the most infuriating silences on the left.

This is because few have felt the need to wonder aloud about this alleged “DNA evidence,” which has miraculously circumvented indictments and jury trials. This begs a clear question: was Lovelle Mixon guilty until proven innocent? Even if there was “DNA evidence,” most in our society at least pretend to believe that the job of evaluating evidence belongs to the district attorney, judge and jury and not to the police and media. And it begs a further question: If OPD was so devoted to the safety of women in East Oakland, why were neighbors never notified that a serial rapist was possibly on the loose? Quite simply because OPD does not protect poor and marginalized women: The record speaks for itself.

One woman who attended the Uhuru vigil and rally last week describes her outrage and disgust at how white reporters treated the many women present at the march, essentially insinuating they were there in support of a rapist:

“The fact that many people were at the vigil to show support for Mixon’s family and community – who are largely women – did not cross any of the reporter’s minds … The serious issue of rape does not nullify the issue of a failed prison system. If we think historically, protection against sexual violence is a key reason often given to escalate the most racist and oppressive policing practices, yet violence against women continues unabated.

“We need to stand against violence against women and a racist police system equally and not let one get used as an excuse to justify the other. The Mixon hysteria is going to be used to put East Oakland, women and men, on police lockdown, and justice for the most vulnerable women who live there is NOT going to be a priority.”

On April 9, No Justice No BART took control of the BART board meeting, with speakers expressing strong opposition and anger at BART’s attempts to cover up the murder of Oscar Grant. Speaking here is Sophina Mesa, grandmother of Oscar’s 4-year-old daughter. – Photo: Dave Id, Indybay
On April 9, No Justice No BART took control of the BART board meeting, with speakers expressing strong opposition and anger at BART’s attempts to cover up the murder of Oscar Grant. Speaking here is Sophina Mesa, grandmother of Oscar’s 4-year-old daughter. – Photo: Dave Id, Indybay
As Angela Davis reminds us, “In the history of the United States, the fraudulent rape charge stands out as one of the most formidable artifices invented by racism. The myth of the Black rapist has been methodically conjured up whenever recurrent waves of violence and terror against the Black community have required convincing justifications … [Black women] have also understood that they could not adequately resist the sexual abuses they suffered without simultaneously attacking the fraudulent rape charge as a pretext for lynching …

“In a society where male supremacy was all pervasive, men who were motivated by their duty to defend their women could be excused of any excesses they might commit.”

‘We need to stand against violence against women and a racist police system equally and not let one get used as an excuse to justify the other. The Mixon hysteria is going to be used to put East Oakland, women and men, on police lockdown, and justice for the most vulnerable women who live there is NOT going to be a priority.’

Painting Black men as inevitable rapists represents a historical response to the sublimated guilt of white society, a society which for more than a century participated in the systematic rape of enslaved women. This much was recognized in a chant at the Uhuru rally:

“Thomas Jefferson was a rapist! George Washington was a rapist! Let’s get that shit straight!”

Who were the officers?

This question certainly feels taboo in a context in which the press refers openly to the “angels” that protect the community, who were in the words of a San Francisco Chronicle cover story – words cited verbatim from acting OPD Chief Howard Jordan – “Men of Peace.” But here again hypocrisy is palpable: We are told it is disrespectful to wonder aloud who the involved officers were, and yet racist slander directed at a dead man is somehow acceptable and expected. And while a couple of weeks ago, anyone would have told you that the OPD was a corrupt, inefficient force that routinely broke the law and brutalized city residents, such sentiment has faded into the background.

As (very limited) records from Oakland’s Citizens’ Police Review Board and the grassroots organization PUEBLO indicate, the officers involved are not the “angels” and “men of peace” that many have been suggesting. Officer Hege, for example, was listed in a 1995 CRPB complaint that involved breaking down a door less than 10 blocks from where Mixon was killed and assaulting a resident who was kneeling on the ground, leaving him with a detached retina, broken ribs, a concussion and missing teeth.

Officer Romans is among those named in a pending lawsuit (Docket No. C 00-004197 MJJ) for assault and battery, civil rights violations and conspiracy. Further, as JR puts it, Dunakin “long patrolled North Oakland, wreaking hell on young Black males,” and records indicate that he was implicated in a 1999 false arrest lawsuit which the city settled, and was more recently involved in the shady practice of towing cars under the city’s “sideshow ordinance.”

But perhaps even more interesting than the records of those officers who died is the record of the one who survived and who has been only communicating with the press through his lawyer – with good reason: Patrick Gonzalez. Those paying attention will recognize the name instantly, since his rap sheet is far longer than was Lovelle Mixon’s:

It was Gonzalez who murdered Gary King in 2007, shooting him in the back as he fled after being assaulted and repeatedly tased. King was suspected of being a “person of interest” in a case, nothing more, and his father suspects that the tasing would have killed him if the bullets didn’t. It was Gonzalez as well who shot another young Black man dead and left another paralyzed and in a wheelchair – all of these victims being under the age of 20.

But as a local community activist told me, “Everyone focuses on the shootings, but he did some messed up shit with his gun holstered, too.” Specifically, Gonzalez has had a long list of complaints against him, and in one notable incident he was accused of assaulting 18-year-old Andre Piazza in 2001. As the San Francisco Bay Guardian described the incident at the time:

“Piazza said that Officer Gonzales next turned to the front of Piazza’s body and ‘lifted and was looking under my sacks and stuff.’ Piazza confirmed that what he meant was that the officer lifted and felt around under his testicles … During the search, Piazza asked the officer if he was ‘fruity.’ Shortly thereafter, Gonzales reportedly smacked him in the face, dislocating his jaw. Docs in Highland Hospital had to put it back in place. The photos of Piazza taken in the ER aren’t pretty. Despite the photographic proof, charges against the cop were eventually dropped because of a lack of corroborating witnesses – it was Piazza’s word versus that of the cops.”

These are the men paraded as “angels” in times such as these.

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At this year’s observance of Lil Bobby Hutton Day, the connection between Lil Bobby and Oscar Grant, two unarmed young Black men executed in cold blood by police in Oakland – one in 1968 and the other in 2009 – was clearly drawn by the selection of commemorative items placed on this table. – Photo: Dave Id, Indybay
At this year’s observance of Lil Bobby Hutton Day, the connection between Lil Bobby and Oscar Grant, two unarmed young Black men executed in cold blood by police in Oakland – one in 1968 and the other in 2009 – was clearly drawn by the selection of commemorative items placed on this table. – Photo: Dave Id, Indybay
In short, there are those who are automatically guilty and those who are automatically innocent, those who are automatically heroes and, to use a term frequently applied to Lovelle Mixon in recent days, those who are automatically “monsters.” If the mainstream press was unwilling to make Oscar Grant a monster, it certainly did its part in digging up his police record and cultivating sympathy for Mehserle.

The rest is left to the public, and as a recent commenter on the San Francisco Chronicle website puts it: “Mixon and Grant could interchange lives and there would be no difference. The only difference in their end is that Grant was taken out (however accidental) before he got a chance to murder someone.” And this comment, which has since been removed, was more than the ranting of an individual: By the time I saw it, it had received 250 votes from readers, more than any other response to the article.

As Krea Gomez has shown,  even the Columbine shooters, who engaged in a premeditated massacre of fellow students, garnered more sympathy than has Lovelle Mixon, with a host of commentators struggling to grapple with what went wrong with these poor boys and to blame prescription drugs and bullying, while the very simple desire of someone like Lovelle Mixon to not spend one’s life in prison makes someone a “monster.” Interestingly, a similar effort to explain the inexplicable is currently being deployed to explain the massacre of immigrants in Binghamton, whose deaths have not led to their killer being labeled a “monster.”

To the inevitable accusation of disrespecting the dead, we must respond with a simple question: Where were you when Oscar Grant was murdered? There are some who are automatically respected in their death; there are others who are automatically disrespected and, in the case of Lovelle Mixon, demonized by a racist police department and press complicity. While some see moral equivalence, there was a difference between Grant and Mixon: The latter was able to foresee his impending death and fight back, so as to not meet Grant’s fate of catching a bullet in the back.

Raider Nation is a collective located in Oakland, California, and the Bay Area more generally. We can be reached at raidernationcollective@gmail.com.

14 thoughts on “The ambivalent silences of the left: Lovelle Mixon, police and the politics of race and rape

  1. James

    Act like you got some sense when you deal with the police, this is not some kind of new thing, it’s always been this way!

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  2. leroy

    Oakland is a victim of itself – of it’s own citizenry.
    Oakland blacks, like most blacks, just want one thing – a free, good time. An for that you just gotsta have sharp cloths, jewelry, a fine car, and BBQ, Uh-huh!.

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  3. Brother from another planet L.A.

    I walked out to my car a week ago to grab some art supplies out the back of my volvo. I closed the back of the volvo stopped for a second and talked to a neighbor then casually walked into my house and into the bathroom.
    A few minutes later my room mate came into my room flustered and surprised, she asked me where was I and what did I do. I said I’d been there in the bathroom but was outside just before. She informed me that two “white L.A.P.D. cops” trespassed into our backyard looking for a black man wearing a black jacket walking suspiciously. I supposed that was me, I did not see them. They continued to interrogate her about the house and who was in it and who mowed the lawn recently. I can’t even walk outside my house without being profiled and almost detained by cops. I wonder what they would have done to me had they stopped me, would they have detained me there and questioned me? I have no love for the police, never have and never will. They are weak and scared, they prey on those weaker and less armed than them. Mixon just gave them a little taste of their own medicine. GooD job!

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  4. Sto Per

    What a sad, pathetic piece of bumbling propaganda. I wonder how you would view Lovelle if he had raped your twelve year old sister or daughter… the raped the other two women we now know he raped for sure. So all cops are bad, huh? You’ll beg for one to come and protect you when your being car-jacked by Lovelle’s apprentices, or when your homies “home invade” your family and rape your wife as four local “ganstas” did in my neighborhood two years ago(an initiation in which they forced the woman’s parents to watch her being anally raped by all four men). Hey, peace bro!

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  5. James

    Now that you know for a fact that Mixon is nothing but the lowest form of life a rapist, and a murderer, when are you going to admit you backed the wrong horse in this race?

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  6. Wallace

    The police in America are exercising social control of blacks through terror. We are being forced to accept rates of unemployment as high as during the depression and think it is normal. We are being forced to accept conditions of life which would not be tolerated by any group of real citizens! Black labor is being systematically replaced by foreign workers and we are being left to rot in forced idleness. Unfortunately we have not figured out how to employ and use our energies.

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  7. Carole Ann

    On the politics of rape and race, I am still blown away by the 1997 Sherrice Iverson case. Sherrice, a 7-year old Black girl, was raped and killed in the women’s bathroom of a Las Vegas casino in the wee hours of the morning. Unbelievably, the “accomplice/lookout” was in the next bathroom stall while his friend raped and strangled this little Black girl. This “monster” chose to turn a deaf ear to her screams and ignore them. Due to the fact that Nevada did not have a “good samaritan law,” the “accomplice” look-out person, was set free by a Nevada grand jury….and allowed to return to California and continue his education. Talk about a monster, he put the definition in the word. (for more information on Sherrice Iverson, search under her name to read this harrowing story.) She did not live to reach 18.

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  8. Jack Johnson

    A Poor attempt to manipulate our view of mixon by holding up grant in our face. They are two totally different (outrageous) cases. Eyewitnesses tell us Mixon is a killer, DNA tells us he’s a rapist. Case closed there folks. He had his chance to be a productive member of society. But he chose to die young and leave a handsome corpse.
    Oscar’s murderer will be dealt with–or Oakland will burn.
    Readers, don’t let this article blur the clear line between these two cases. Why defend a mad dog like Mixon, when he didn’t defend his own honor? (Oh yeah, h-o-n-o-r ever heard of it?)
    The “left” doesn’t owe Mixon anything but silence. Stay tuned on Grant.
    If you don’t move beyond this panther/cop paradigm you may not be dead, but you will be irrelevant. The southern cracker is dead, the urban hater is dead. It’s Obama time. Lighten up, tighten up, get it on!
    Give up the hate, give intelligence and peace a chance. Give your kids a chance.
    All killed in the Mixon case deserve our sympathy because they were all human beings. That said, Mixon decided to kill rather than preserve life. Police are sworn to arrest or eliminate people like him. Regardless of race.
    Stop hating on basis of zip code! So what if a cop lives in Danville or whatever….everybody commutes somewhere. You hate the cops because they don’t live here and then call them ‘occupiers’ when they’re here.
    This is not Gaza and nobody is using depleted uranium on you. Parts of this article sound as if they were written by a provocateur who would inflame the historically ignorant to harden their hearts toward the very people (cops) who very well might be called to save them at some time.

    People of Oakland recognize that your solidarity is not served by tolerating violent people in your midst who would bring danger to your neighborhoods and hold you virtually hostage.

    Oscar Grant’s white murderer-with-a-BART-cop-badge will go down…
    But That doesn’t have a thing to do with Mixon. Aside from the human tragedy, don’t equate the two.
    Between worrying about ‘killer cops’ black muslim baker hitmen and lax city governance, the forces of chaos and darkness are looking smug. What’re you gonna do Oaktown?
    (I’m talking to you too Berkeley?)

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  9. Otis

    Unfortunately the author of this article is too ignorant to provide acurate information. Throughout the article he makes statements, and then only provides obvious bias supporting information. Lets not forget about false complaints against police (very very common) and ridiculous lawsuits. Stating that Mixon’s actions were in his actions because of the “three strikes” rule, causing him to be scared, is any excuse is an absolutely absurd comment. Three strikes…even someone with common sense would have learned after two. To finish, lets talk some real talk……..In a city with demographics like Oakland, of course more people of color will be stopped/contacted. It’s a simple ration. More black citizens, more black contacts. It’s hypocritical to say Oakland PD are constantly harrassing the citizens of Oakland at every turn. It’s just a completely untrue statement. Think about it, isn’t the very next complaint usually heard about how the police are never around……? Oakland is violent, and it’s violent because of it’s citizens….take some responsiblity for your own actions, PERIOD.

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  10. Ophelia

    Death at the hand of violence is always tragic. Whether it is a Black civilian or a White police officer, no one should die due to hatred and violence.

    Instead of generalizing all police officers are bad and oppressive or all civilian males of color are thugs, let’s remember we’re all people first.

    People, let’s stop hurting, raping, oppressing, killing and hating one another. Doesn’t matter what color your skin or what position in society you have – it’s wrong.

    People of color, let’s stop hurting one another. People of authority, reach out to the community and get to know us as individuals. Then you won’t react out of fear and mistrust and we will trust you to protect us.

    Please, dear Lord, dear spirit of compassion, let us learn to listen and care for one another. Our survival, our lives, our enjoyment of this world depends on it.

    Peace,

    A sister

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  11. Carl

    everyone has suffered some degree of brain washing making people haters so I think that most people are victims if you study each case in depth. So I try not hate groups( black, white, jewish, muslim etc)
    while every body is preoccupied with hating each other. The new world order roles on.( Divide and conquer.)

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