Support SF BayView
Donate or Subscribe to SF Bay View
Follow Us Twitter Facebook

‘We come out to protest police brutality and what happens? We get a police state!’

November 7, 2010

We demand the immediate release of all those arrested on Nov. 5 and that all charges are dismissed

by the Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant

Protesters face a police blockade. – Photo: Felix Barrett, Indybay & revcom.us
The Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant (ONYX Organizing Committee, The New Years Movement, The General Assembly for Justice for Oscar Grant) condemns the activity of the Oakland Police Department leading up to, during and following the rally held on Nov. 5, 2010, in response to the sentencing of Johannes Mehserle for the murder of Oscar Grant III.

While the city publicly claimed it had learned lessons from July 8 and would not militarize downtown Oakland or create a climate of fear and intimidation on Nov. 5, they privately constructed an all-out military strategy to intimidate and control the people.

Police agencies from at least nine different counties, along with Homeland Security, the FBI, CIA and DOJ descended upon Oakland. As people gathered to peacefully assemble, they had to wade through rows of police just to get to the City Hall Plaza. This in itself set a tone of anger for the people as they had just learned that Johannes Mehserle would only serve about seven months in prison for the cold-blooded murder of Oscar Grant.

Police agencies from at least nine different counties, along with Homeland Security, the FBI, CIA and DOJ descended upon Oakland.

Following almost five hours of peaceful protesting, about 300 people decided to march to the Fruitvale BART Station, the location of the murder of Grant on Jan. 1, 2009. Instead of facilitating the march in a productive and peaceful manner, the police chose to immediately respond with tactical and strategic repression of the people’s will and rights. The encroachment of the police on to the marchers further fueled the flame of an ignited community and led to an unnecessary confrontation on the streets of Oakland.

Shortly after the march started, about 200 protestors were cornered on the block of East 17th Street and Sixth Avenue. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) attempted to contact city officials and negotiate with the police to release the people with no arrests.

And even though word came that Police Chief Batts had agreed to give an order to release the crowd, moments later the arrests began.

As caught on video (posted below) by Youth Radio, Rachel Jackson stood before a line of militarized police and shouted: “We come out to protest police brutality and what happens? We get a police state!” Rachel is with the New Year’s Movement, part of the Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant that organized the protest.

Police officers refused to talk to representatives from the NLG and indeed were hostile. Negotiating with these representatives from the rally could have further diffused activity on the streets of Oakland, but the police were intent on creating a situation that would then allow them to demonize the people and remove the focus from the unjust, unfair and outright farce of a sentence received by Johannes Mehserle.

The police were intent on creating a situation that would then allow them to demonize the people and remove the focus from the unjust, unfair and outright farce of a sentence received by Johannes Mehserle.

Additionally, Chief Batts has been quoted as saying that the police expected protesters to march to Li’l Bobby Hutton (DeFremery) Park but organizers were told explicitly that roads to the park would be blocked by police barricades. The police in effect set the stage for their repressive activity to make a point to any other community members intent on making their voices heard in dissent to the system.

The Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant stands in solidarity with the people arrested on Nov. 5 and we stand firm in our belief that the people have a right to assemble, a right to demonstrate, a right to march and a right to take a stand against a system that continuously oppresses, brutalizes and murders them.

We demand the immediate release of all those arrested on Nov. 5 and that all charges are dismissed.

The Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant can be reached at artisticintentions@yahoo.com. Bay View staff contributed to this report.

youthradio | Nov. 5, 2010

After the peaceful rally in Frank Ogawa Plaza, a march headed to the Fruitvale BART station gets interrupted on International Boulevard as police block off the streets. Police and protesters then began a game of cat and mouse in East Oakland where police finally surround protesters on Sixth Avenue and East 17th Street. An estimated 150 protesters were then arrested.

hellagetto | Nov. 5, 2010

Protest stemming from the Mehserle sentencing that took place in Los Angeles earlier today, Nov. 5, 2010. In Oakland, the community response was to rally, but then also to march to Fruitvale BART station, the station where Oscar Grant was killed.

Rachel Jackson speaks to the few official press people left just before police began making arrests. At this moment, no one knew where they could go, how to get out nor what was going to happen.

Loud speaker announcements were made that the area was declared a crime scene. There was never any indication to disperse, no dispersal order given, no declaration of martial law or anything like that at all. No one was allowed to leave once the police penned people in. Prior to that, people were marching toward Fruitvale BART peacefully on city streets. They were met with riot gear police every few blocks until they were trapped in a cul de sac type neighborhood.

- Oriana Bolden

CNN producer note

anascanon happened to be in Oakland when he heard helicopters and rushed outside to see what was happening. “It wasn’t really unruly,” he said of the protest. “The crowd was trapped between the city blocks, so it wouldn’t make sense for them to resist. And [the police] had guns that looked like they were from Star Wars or something.” As a member of the media (he was just shooting the protest, not participating), he was able to leave just before the police began arresting protesters.

- rachel8, CNN iReport producer

iReport

Tonight I was trapped and held by police – the Oakland Police Department – during a peaceful protest for Oscar Grant. Right before they arrested everyone, they said that members of the press could leave. I raised my camera in the air and was then rushed through the police blockade. I ran home to post this for the pubic to see.

40 thoughts on “‘We come out to protest police brutality and what happens? We get a police state!’

  1. Janimal

    What I saw on live TV from overhead helicopter camera was cops following a few blocks behind while people were kicking cars, smashing car and bus windows, jumping up on top of cars and smashing roofs and hoods, etc.. It was after that that the cops surrounded and then arrested people. Unfortunately, those who were peacefully protesting and had honorable intent with the way they were going to protest and express their anger, were sullied by the thugs who started messing with and destroying peoples' property. Why don't we turn our anger towards the thugs that destroy peoples' property, or steal from stores with bashed windows, etc., instead of blaming everything on the cops. My friends live in the neighborhood and they were watching the same live TV I was and they were saying to me on the phone, "Where are the cops? These guys are headed right towards our house, and our cars are parked right on that street – Where are the F^&*^ing cops?! Unfortunately , this type of biased article just perpetuates the BS that it's OK to destroy, often times poor, people's property as part of a peaceful protest, and it is some sort of expression of rights of free speech. The apologists and spinmeisters like the article above are just as bad as the thugs. it's why i don't go out to protests anymore. i am sick of the strident hypocracy. Wake up and take responsibility!

    Reply
    1. Antinazi Plato

      Well I didn't see it nor know who started what nor can know if those property destroying protesters were civilians or cops in civilian clothing. Either way, the same thing happen in Greece in 2008. Cops killed a 15 years old kid in cold blood. After that part of Athens was burning. The main thing is that when cops kill they get of with a hand-slap. Perhaps a broken bus window is worth more than a human life? So long it's the life of a civilian.
      In my country 10.000 were murdered between 67-74 Only a few people were convicted. The murderers were mostly cops. http://www.flickr.com/photos/10859929@N07/

      Reply
    2. blanggley

      I agree with all of the comments that were posted here and with the article in that "the people have a right to assemble, a right to demonstrate, a right to march and a right to take a stand." However, the article blames everyone else, and does not examine the contribution of the protestors. Mehserle may not have had a just sentence, but that does not justify destroying property. Peaceful demonstration is a right of all people, but breaking the law is not. I live in the Bay Area, and I see the tension in the minority community and police. And although some police may be racist, we cannot blame all of them for everything. Some are police because they believe in a stronger community. [cont...]

      Reply
      1. Freedom_Fighter

        It's called agent provocetuers. The police go in wearing plain clothes and push a few people and smash a few things and then the police in gear use that as a "reason" to go in and take the whole group down. The police have done it over and over and over and have been caught doing it, but people forget and think, oh the police didn't do that this time, oh no, they learned their lesson. I say to that, guess again folks. Most everytime they want to make a big takedown and unlawfully silence the people, they use agent provocetuers.

        Reply
    3. blanggley

      [cont...]Why is it that the African-American community feels that their only recourse is to riot? Similar injustices occur in the hispanic and asian communities, but we don't see mass riots. What I see in these communities is an effort to change the larger system by becoming more involved in the political and community process. Witness the midterm election with a large increase in hispanic and asian politicians looking to effect change. I agree with a previous post about the Tea Party, and although I don't agree with their politics, you can't deny their effectiveness in being angry and effecting change at a national level. You have to ask, "What are these protestors going to do when all this hoopla dies down?" Probably go back home and wait for the next opportunity to riot again. Why not use the energy to make a movement, run for office, establish community organizations? Quit complaining and blaming everyone. Stand up and make a real change. Or else, you have no one else to blame, but yourselves.

      Reply
      1. Tim

        What's with all these reductive assumptions about who is and isn't rioting/looting/demonstrating?
        Is it fair to say that Blanggley's second comment qualifies as just plain racist?

        Reply
        1. Jon

          Umm, I don't see racist comments. Just comments on using the energy on creating real change at a community and national level, and examples from other communities working on change. I agree with another comment that mentioned when white cops kill white victims and no one comes out to protest for an unjust death. Why the rioting when it just happens to be of 2 different races? An unjust death is an unjust death and yes, Meserhle deserves more time, but it clearly does not justify breaking laws.

          Reply
      1. Jon

        We are all angry, he deserves more time. But look at all the peaceful protests that have effected change. Rioting and breaking laws (what if it is your property) brings no one to your cause, and only creates animosity. Look at all the peaceful gatherings to highlight the bad actions of the police in the weeks prior to the sentencing. That deserves attention. The lawlessness does not.

        Reply
  2. Jaheem

    This article is absolute garbage and perversion of truth. While I support peaceful protesting, I cannot condone smashing cars and personal property. To justify that kind of behavior by so called police repression is absolutely ridiculous to say at least. People who wrote this article cannot be called journalists. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Reply
  3. antwan

    you have the right to demonstrate peacefully.you do not have the right to vandalize and loot and use grant's death as an excuse for being stupid and causing pain to other people. then when you get busted you bitch about it with this bullshit.

    Reply
  4. Paulio

    Why resort to hyperbole? Everyone who watched the news saw that the police made arrests, but when you say the police used "an all-out military strategy to intimidate and control the people", you lose credibility. What else are police for but to control people, including the use of detentions and arrests? Had it been a military strategy, we'd be talking about dead protestors, not a few people thrown in jail on suspicion of damaging property. This is not meant to defend the police, but suggesting that they secretly conspired to brutalize protesters is an allegation that needs evidence and not mere assertions.

    I agree with you when you defend "[y]our belief that the people have a right to assemble, a right to demonstrate, [and] a right to march" but I cannot support you when you say that people also have "a right to take a stand against a system" by rioting, damaging property, and failing to heed orders given by police. We live in a civil society and the place for taking a stand is in the courtroom, not in the streets. You only sully the name of the innocent Oscar Grant by defending unlawful behavior in his name. Oscar Grant may not have received the justice that was due him, but this article will not do anything to advance your cause.

    Reply
  5. donovan

    My sympathies remain with the Grant family and friends. I live not too far from the protest but not directly affected by it. Destruction of property in neighborhoods where hard working people live and earn everything they get has nothing to do with Oscar G. or Mehserle. It's just thug behavior or mob mentality. To do this in the name of another is cowardly at a minimum. Try and do this in Walnut Creek or even Piedmont and see what happens. I don't want to see 200 people or more walking down my street because I know mixed in with those with honorable intentions are those who just want to destroy something or even cause someone harm. Sorry to say to the organizers but take it elsewhere or find a more effective mode to get your message out there. Those arrested should be given due process and procecuted appropriately. Keep in mind the damage done in previous protests in downtown Oakland, so I support police efforts to hold people accountable. If the organizers want to put out a truely positive and lasting message then start a scholarship in O.G. name or similar act.

    Reply
  6. Marcus

    "We come out to protest and we get a police state"? What the woman meant to say was 'we came to riot, damage public and private businesses but were frustrated that the police were prepared for this'. I guess she thought this was some kind of "right"??

    Reply
    1. Antinazi Plato

      How do we know those who broke cars and windows were not police themselves? Peaceful demonstrators should not be arrested only those who destroy property who might be civilians or police dressed as civilians.
      On Youtube I am LockupSean and have a link to forgeries made by the police. My father was a cop all his life and according to him half of the police force is corrupt. http://www.flickr.com/photos/10859929@N07/

      Reply
    2. Alice

      Amen! Why is it that these people think they can get away with anything and there are no repercussions? Every time a black man is shot by the police, there's a riot and all we hear from his family, friends and the media is what a wonderful person he was. My sympathies for the Grants, but Oscar was out at night involved in causing trouble and resisting the police. . A trial jury found that Mehserle shot him accidentally, and a judge has sentenced him according to law. Get over it, people, there are consequences. Whites who get themselves into these situations get shot by law enforcement on a regular basis. You don't see a crowd of whites out smashing windows and burning cars and threatening people do you? Why do so many blacks think they are immune from the law.

      Reply
      1. freedom_fighter

        Watch the video again, he was not resisting. And guess what, people have a right to be out after dark. The Government is prohibited by the constitution from infringing upon the rights of the people that are not granted by government, but by God, thus they can not take them away. Their attempts to do so is an act of war and they lose any protections or immunities. It's high time the government start fearing what the people will do if they even think about stepping on the toes of liberty. They should be AFRAID, they should fear us, as they are public servants and it's high time the public start treating them as such and put them in their place when they step out of bounds from the publics will.

        Reply
  7. Mesha Monge-Irizarry

    As an antiwar protester, I often saw kids wearing a black bandana on their faces, and fleeing from our own security contingent when asked to show their faces for our own safety.

    These are the kids who start the mess, throwing trash cans into police cars, bricks into store windows, etc.
    They get arrested as we do, but rushed to separate police waggons, and nowhere in sight when we are in custody.
    At a SF Police Commission hearing, I once asked Commander Chin:
    "Please confirm that the agitators were within our rtanks".
    Chin got on the mike "No, I can't confirm it":

    My own take is that a number of these "looters" and "rioters" are on police payroll;.

    I have noticed that police presence is commensurate to the presumed, anticipated size of our ranks. We are heavily infiltrated.

    Let;s face it. Oaktown and the Nation will rage on until when any cop does the crime, he does the appropriate time.

    Reply
    1. Try Harder

      If that's the case, then why bother with your protests when you're almost guaranteed a negative outcome. All you do is make noise with your protests anyways, but nothing gets done. Want to stop the war, get yourself in Congress and stop it from within the system. That's what I don't get about you protesters. You whine and moan but don't actually do anything. As much as I frown upon the Tea Party, they get things done. Period.

      Reply
  8. jack

    people didn't leave downtown early, board up their businesses, and stop taking bart through Oakland because they were afraid of the police.

    Maybe the police were not perfect, but the protesters need to take some ownership of why the police acted the way they did.

    The most racist thing the police could have done would have allowed Oakland and it's reputation to be destroyed.

    Reply
  9. sol

    Believe me, you have no idea what a police state is.. thus stop talking about it. In this case the public was more intimidated by the so called "protesters" rather than the police. The police did the right thing, in any county of law you do not let anarchist rule a city in the name of protest..
    By the way, I am African american, before you jump to the conclusion that I do not get it!

    Reply
  10. Shaw Killip

    i was one of the 152 arrested on Nov 5 i peacefully marched from Oakland city center to 6th ave holding the justice for oscar grant banner signed by the community i was not involved in any way in the destruction and mayhem that occured on the way to the bart station i was very peaceful when OPD gave the shout out on the intercom to disperse they only said "if your with the press get out or you will be arrested" 30 seconds later they said "this has been declared a crime scene and everyone will be arrested" i did not hear no disperse signal given to the protesters but when people tried to leave the police would not let them in all that i realized i would be getting arrested i grabbed the banner that we Carried and sat peacefully on the ground until police detained me with tons of questions and seeking out help on my part i was able to convince an officer to roll up the banner and bring it back to me taking it with me to the north county jail Closing I am 23 years old and have never been arrested in my life you could just say i was in the right place at the right time this was to me a peaceful march there were some that destroyed property but that is i guess to be expected i wish people got the real message Oakland along with the country is fed up with police brutality and some dont know how to express there anger in a positive way but keep in mind we are also killing each other we have to value life it dont matter whos life i grew up in the church when i was young so i feel strong about this you have to be able to forgive someone who has done wrong pray for me pray for Oscars family pray for Merhserle and his family maybe in time Oscars family will forgive Merserhle for what he has done 2 years with time served to me thats not justice.

    Reply
  11. Lauren

    I agree with most of what has been said – destruction of personal property usually ends up effecting fellow working class members of our Oakland community and it needs to be avoided. What I would like to add is the very probable case that these acts were carried out by agent provocateurs – FBI / OPD agents sent to smear the protest. The agents are paid to make a protest violent and in doing so, conjure the exact sentiments expressed in the previous four comments. In essence, they were successful in turning potential supporters of the protests into critics, fragmenting the larger movement, shifting the focus to inconsequential shards of glass and leaving us begging for more police.

    There is no question in my mind that protesters get rowdy and not all of the 'thugs' are agents, but lets not forget the insidious tactics that brought down the Black Panthers. If this is hard to swallow, check out the local documentary "Operation Small Axe" where they catch an agent provocateur (starting a fight / jumping on a bus) back in the first few Oscar Grant protests.

    Lets not forget the issue at heart.

    Reply
    1. Freedom_fighter

      That is the only way they can silence people who speak out against their illegal actions. Well, it's high time the public start treating public servants just like what they are. PUBLIC SERVANTS. There to serve the public, and they damn well start being afraid of what the people, their masters will do when they step out of line.I'm sure everyone has heard the phrase, when people fear the government you have tyranny, when the government fears the people you have liberty. It's so true. They need to be scared out of their wits at the thought of what we the people will do if they even think about opressing us. They need to be made to answer to us.

      Reply
  12. oaklandite

    Who gives you the right to come into my city and create fear and violence? I live here. I don't appreciate it. If you want to do some good, why don't you all start looking at your own hypocritical, irrational, bigoted views? I notice none of you protested and busted up the city of San Jose after a cop fell asleep and killed 2 innocent bystanders. They were truly innocent. Neither of them had kneed a cop in the groin or had been involved in an unruly ruckus that put peoples safety in jeopardy. Yet this cop's sentencing was a joke compared to Mehserle's. Where were all of you to protest that tragedy??? Oh, wait, the cop in that instance was white and so were the victims. i guess it's only significant when the people involved are of differing races. Forget finding evidence that the alleged perp acted out of racism. The only evidence you need to tear up a city and make a thug into a martyr is that the person making the fatal mistake was white and the person on the losing end of this mistake was black. Case closed! Leave your critical thinking caps at the door folks 'cause it's a lot more fun to tear up a city when you can use such an easy, tried and true reason: racism!
    Want to make a change??? As Michael Jackson put it so eloquently, "Look in the mirror!"

    Reply
  13. Reginald James

    For those who want to malign all the protesters arrested, here are a few quotes from people who marched in response to vandalism:
    "Why the f*ck they doing that?" – "Stop that shit. This is a working class neighborhood." – "If I wasn't anti-violence I'd whoop yo ass. Don't hop on them cars like that."

    Reply
  14. Superior European

    It's most amusing and delightfully entertaining to see how deep the interracial hatred runs in California of all places. :-D

    Goddess willing, we'll soon be stacking on beer and calling in sick to watch a race war in the USofA broadcast live on our TV in Europe and cheer as America's shallow foundations disintegrate in flames! Hip, hip, hooray!

    Reply
    1. Tim

      Yeah, man. Pat yourself on the back—Europe has a totally clear history when it comes to race/nationality politics….
      I mean, that is if you excuse those pesky World Wars, and contemporary immigration/border politics.

      Reply
      1. Malaika H Kambon

        Right on to Tim … and oh by the way, so-called 'superior European' – London is currently burning to the ground because some of your so called superior cops just shot an unarmed Black Man, 29 year old Mark Duggan and beat up a 16 year old child…

        The pigs were NOT under attack when Duggan was shot and killed. They were also NOT under attack when a 16 year old female child was beaten…. these are confirmed reports…

        so hey, superior, what's your spin on this? And how is this different from Kenneth Harding, a 19 yr old Black Man being shot numerous times by pigs and being allowed to bleed to death in a pool of his own blood in broad daylight after being chased down for not having a $2 train fare?

        superior, hey mr/ms euro- superio – are u listening? huh?

        can u hear me now????

        which shallow foundations are now burning to the ground?

        Reply
  15. Ann_Garrison

    Huge injustice, but at least Mesherle was convicted and sentenced to some time. Unjust as the sentence was, and it was very very unjust, I don't know of that happening before and I think the Police Officers Association is frightened by the precedent. I hope the Grant family's appeal, and even the retrial re the "with a gun" provision results in a better ruling.

    But, in the meantime, I'd like to hear the Mayor of Oakland, the City Council, and the Oakland Police condemn the racist murder, the barely trained BART cops armed to the teeth, and the sentence, and say that they will not tolerate anything like the Oscar Grant shooting in Oakland. (Now maybe someone's going to tell me they've arleady said that? Or, that they already tolerate that? Or both? Please do let me know what I don't know. And that's still what I'd like to hear, and see for real.)

    I'm also hoping that some of the Oscar Grant Movement got involved in the BART Board of Directors elections. In San Francisco, I don't think so and the best candidate, Bert Hill, who was most likely to challenge the idea that these cops are fighting the War on Terror in our transit system, lost to undesirable incumbent James Fang.

    I wrote some Facebook Notes urging involvement in the East Bay BART elections back in July, but don't yet know what the outcome of those races was in the East Bay. I understand the street protest, and the need to get together and speak out, but the heavy police presence and arrests–is predictable and not likely to change much.

    I'm guessing that Oakland had that many police present for fear that Mehserle might have gotten parole, which could have put the whole City in danger of burning down and not done anybody much good.

    Did the Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant participate in the BART Board District elections in the East Bay?

    Reply
    1. Ann_Garrison

      The East Bay Bike Coalition's candidate, Robert Rayburn, who was favored by progressives, won in District #4 in Alameda. A statement on his Facebook page says simply, "I urge all people of our community to make their voices heard in a peaceful and constructive manner in response to the Johannes Mehserle sentencing. On my part, as the newest BART Board Member, I will work to ensure that BART Police are properly trained and deployed to protect BART riders."

      But, he made BART's violation of civil rights an issue in the campaign:

      "BART had violated the civil rights of minority bus riders in the East Bay when it decided to replace a $3 shuttle to Oakland airport with an elevated guideway that will cost commuters at least $6 each way — and didn’t conduct a study of the impact on minority riders." http://goo.gl/YWdWG

      Reply
  16. Felix

    John Burris, an attorney for Grant's family, said at a news conference after the sentencing that the message to African Americans in the Mehserle case is that life "can be taken from you with no just cause and no price to pay."

    People took to the streets on Friday to say that this was intolerable! The courageously faced an army of brutal cops in riot gear armed with shotguns, helicopters and more. To those who would condemn the protest ask yourself — what are you more upset at — that a few windows were broken or that this society says that the life of a young Black man is not worth very much.

    Reply
  17. Nov. 5th Arrestee

    I was one of the 150 or so arrested on Friday. I was acting in my capacity as a street medic in case the police used violent tactics on the march.

    As someone watching the march very closely for possible physical conflict, I saw the the vandalism that folks are up in arms about, and it was not representative of the march in general. Also, I believe that any characterization of the people as "thugs," "outside agitators," "undercovers," or any other label should be questioned. Anger takes many forms, but despite the obvious anger in the crowd, many people were trying to keep vandalism from becoming too widespread. (I can second the comment by Reginald James.) At the same time, people were trying not to put themselves and others in danger by physically confronting the people breaking things or alerting the police.

    As for the comments questioning the "military" status of the police, I would argue that the police action Friday was much like a military operation, including some of the equipment used (riot tanks, etc.) and tactics (multiple attempts to surround marchers or cut them off at key points toward Fruitvale BART.) Were the police not acting as a military-like force, the march would have made it to Fruitvale and folks would have been able to speak out about police brutality at the very place where Oscar Grant was murdered. Had the police been attempting to serve and protect that night, perhaps they would have followed the march to Fruitvale, closing off streets on either side to avoid confrontations between cars and marchers, which happens oftentimes when people take the streets in protest.

    I believe that the marchers in general should be commended for their discipline considering the spontaneity of the action, overwhelming and provocative police presence and the anger we all felt at the sentencing.

    Reply
  18. Frank

    Why no protests for all the blacks that get killed on a regular basis in Oakland? I guess when it is not white versus black, it doesn't matter at all. Seems strange. And why blame everyone else? Doesn't Oscar Grant, who has had run-ins with the law, and was breaking the law when this went down, deserve some blame. Yes Meserhle is a fool for doing what he did and he is serving time, but remember, he wouldn't have been called out if there wasn't a ruckus on the BART in the first place. Right?

    Reply
    1. Frank

      See SF chronicle, but 62 people were murdered in Oakland this past year. 3 more murders just this last weekend. No rallies or marching for these people. I say, put your energy into a bigger cause. This rally was just an excuse to cause mayhem. Yes Meserhle should pay and he is a fool, but why march in the name of Oscar Grant? He was a criminal breaking the law and resisting arrest causing BART police to be called out there in the first place. I wouldn't march for him. I would march for the truly innocent who die all the time on the Oakland streets.

      Reply
  19. Marlon Crump

    Frank, that is why my comrades of POOR Magazine/PNN have adopted our own community model, "No Po-lice Calls……..Ever!". I wrote an article in reference to that: http://poormagazine.org/node/3386

    Regardless of how people and media have demonized Oscar Grant, he did NOT deserve to die, especially in such a cruel, depraved, and heinous manner. When police responded to a robbery call five years ago, guess who's home they broke into? ME! It didn't matter that I was and still is a peaceful person with no criminal or even an arrest history. My ethnicity was the only thing that mattered.

    I always wonder what would have happened as I lay spreadeagled on my bed (like Oscar Grant) if one of the cops got overzealous (JUST LIKE MEHSERLE!) how I would've gotten written up by the department and the media, hmmmm?

    Yes, we are all Oscar Grant!

    Marlon Crump
    POOR Magazine/PNN.

    Reply
  20. Latino

    Robocop33 is the profile name of a policelink.com member that makes the following comments in reference to an article on the website entitled
    'White Ex-transit Officer’s Sentence Sparks Protest'
    It is a story about the people in Oakland who are protesting the ridiculous 2 year sentence Mehersle recieved for killing Oscar Grant.

    "These bastards, (sorry PL but that is what they are), would not be satisfied unless he was given the death penalty! This Officer should never have been charged, much less tried and convicted. It was a tragic accident that never would have happened if the POST that was shot had simply submitted to arrest, or better yet, had not been involved in the illegal activity in the first place. This has already destroyed the life of a fine young man who put his a$ on the line to help the very people that convicted him. FOR SHAME! I say declare Marshal Law and stop this immediately!”
    http://policelink.monster.com/news/articles/14742….

    Reply
  21. @gsosbee

    See reports on the illegal activities and programs used by USA intel to identify, track, threaten, force suicide, or kill Targets ( & political dissidents).

    The Gaslighting Phenomenon: revealing a menacing cloud hovering over all the world's people.

    http://www.indymedia.org.nz/articles/2032

    http://lissakr11humane.com/i-defended-an-e-v-i-l-

    Inhumane fbi Counterintelligence Program:

    http://barbarahartwellvscia.blogspot.com/2012/05/

    http://lissakr11humane.com/i-defended-an-e-v-i-l-

    Reply

Leave a Reply

BayView Classifieds - ads, opportunities, announcements
TOP STORES
RingCentral
Rebtel
Phone.com