The Verdict

Jul. 8th, 2010 11:23 pm
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Well, overall Oakland is still in one piece. I'm very disappointed with the verdict in the Meserle case. Involuntary manslaughter, amazing. I feel so bad for the family of Oscar Grant.

Luckily there hasn't been too much damage and the protests were overall peaceful. Right now the police are arresting people who refuse to leave the downtown area.

I know that this will result in a rash of Oakland bashing. Now, we've not lived here for very long and we don't live in what is considered to be a great area and lots of people in the Bay Area think that Oakland should just be dumped off the face of the planet. In general, I'm very comfortable walking around my neighborhood which in primarily African American and Mexican. Not too many white people around here. We have a quiet group of streets where we just look out for each other. M and I are the block captains for the neighborhood watch (by default, we kept being the only one's on our street who showed up to the meetings). We have very nice neighbors and a lot of retired people around.

In other news, I'm playing flute for Mass this weekend. I'm so nervous, but I think everything will be okay. Of course it's making me practice a lot more. My teacher would be so proud.

We start "Joseph" rehearsals on Sunday...Yay, can't wait! Okay, enough babbling for now.
Peace

on 2010-07-09 11:14 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] bluemeanybeany.livejournal.com
This is the shooting on the BART right? It got some coverage over here because it's very similar to an incident over here of an unarmed civilian getting shot - they got away with it too, though I suppose it was slightly different.

It wasnt the regular cops [cause they obviously they dont carry guns here] it was the security services. It was the week after the Suicide Bombings and they'd been trailing a suspect. But they got there tailing muddled up and switched to following the wrong man. He got on an underground train, the security services reasoned they couldnt take the risk of him being a terrorist with a bomb so they shot him without any warning. [policy at the time being to do so in case he detonates] They cant use a taser cause if he's wearing a bomb the electric current could make it go off. Unfortunately the man was entirely innocent. They cant be doing stuff like that. You cant have authority shooting people, or ordering even guilty people to be killed.

on 2010-07-09 06:31 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kanders07.livejournal.com
Yes, this was the BART shooting. Meserle was a BART cop, but even they carry guns and are trained police officers (or they're supposed to be). My fear and I think the fear of a lot of others is that this could open the flood gates for bad cops to just abuse minorities. It happens anyway but this is not good.

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