OAKTOWN RIOTS --- AGAIN
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OAKTOWN RIOTS -- AGAIN
Sadly and unsurprisingly, Oakland, California erupted in violence following the involuntary manslaughter verdict in the Mehserle case (the accidental killing of an unruly BART passenger, Oscar Grant, a parolee by transit authority officer who drew a firearm instead of his TASER).
The Oakland Police, led by Chief Batts (a highly competent African American cop) were assisted by seventeen of the Bay Area police agencies. The destruction affected 100 businesses (windows smashed in a variety of businesses from a pawn shop to the high end Whole Foods grocery), but the riot was confined to a nine block area near City Hall. Police arrested more than six dozen rioters, and seized Molotov cocktails and gasoline containers among other weapons. Chief Batts called the rioters ‘anarchists”.
Oakland’s hapless mayor is a 60’s leftist and the former congressman who is credited (if that’s the word) with driving almost all of the naval and military bases out of the Bay Area (he served as the chair of the Hours Armed Services Committee). This, in part, is what he had to say about the riots:
“I am incredibly, extraordinarily, unwaveringly proud of the character displayed by this community.”To be fair, Mr. Dellums was referring to the subset of the ‘protesters’ who were just exercising their
First Amendment rights. But the echo of the 60’s is unmistakable, particularly in the light of Mr. Dellums earlier positions in which anti-war demonstrators were also protected by the First Amendment while running amok in Berkeley. Among the left, mere ‘property damage’ is an acceptable price to pay for dissent. Sadly, Oakland is deep in depression and the affected businesses – as well as the larger business community – have suffered a grievous blow by this exercise.
Like so many urban centers, still enthralled with the victim rhetoric of the 60’s, Oakland suffers from recurring eruptile dysfunction.
Jay B Gaskill
Attorney at Law
These comments were based on a excellent report in today’s San Francisco Chronicle written by Henry Lee (whose just released book about the Han Raiser Trial, “Presumed Dead” - http://calendar.insidebayarea.com/san-francisco-ca/events/show/124751985-sf-chron-crime-reporter-henry-lee-presumed-dead-a-true-life-murder-mystery ) is highly recommended...and not just because he mentions me.
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