From You Tube:
"Oscar Grant Protest: OPD no dispersal order."
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 culd-e-sac type neighborhood.
By Randy Economy
Nov. 6, 2010
Oakland, California --
It is just plain ugly in Oakland tonight. Yep. No Justice No Peace. People are beginning to hit the streets. Arrests are being made. Some are calling it a "riot ready to explode." Oakland is a tender box on edge. This could be a very long weekend for law enforcement in the Bay area.
Here is the scoop.
On Friday authorities in Oakland said unruly marchers were "tearing up the city" as they protested a two-year sentence for a former transit police officer convicted for killing an unarmed man.CNN is reporting that protesters were throwing rocks, bottles trash, and ripping up fences late Friday.
Oakland Chief of Police Anthony Batts, the ex-husband of Long Beach Rep. Laura Richardson Batts, said the city is "out of control." Batts became the Chief of Police in Oakland earlier this year when he left his post as Chief here in Long Beach.
So, here is what is taking place up in the Bay Area.
- A peaceful and organized expression of grief has turned into a "small number of people" acting out in a violent manner, Batts told reporters.
- Somoeone ripped a gun from a police officer's holster, and another officer was hit by a car, according to Batts. "I want to be clear that people have a right to assemble, a right to protest and a right to free speech," the police chief said. "But people do not have a right to tear this city up. Oakland already has a lot of pain, and it's not fair. This city has been torn up too many times."
- 150 people will be arrested by the end of the night and charged with everything from "unlawful assembly and failure to disperse" to much more serious crimes.
Like many of my readers, I use to live in the heart of Los Angeles during the "Rodney King Riots" and it took the people of Los Angeles more than a decade to recover from that week long series of riots that turned deadly. I hope the People of Oakland will remain calm. Remember, the world is watching.
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OUTRAGEOUS!!! "When a criminal justice system fails to act justly, it kills hope; When hope dies, violence is born."--Manuel Scott Praying for OAKLAND
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