Oakland: Riot Worries, Out-of-Town Agitators, and Sonic Cannons
July 7, 2010 8:58 PM Subscribe
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Oakland, California, is bracing
for a possible repeat of the 2009 riot
] once a verdict
in the trial of former BART
cop Johannes Mehserle for the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant
] comes in.
The early morning New Year's Day shooting was captured on multiple camphones
(viewer discretion advised
) and uploaded immediately to the web.
Many downtown businesses (especially on 17th Street, which was hit hard in the 2009 riots
) are boarding up their windows
in anticipation. Many have pictures of Oscar hung in their windows
like lamb's blood
. Meanwhile, the City is urging calm
, and local Oaktown activists
are warning Oakland youth "Don't get pimped!"
by out-of-town agitators (who made up ~75% of the 2009 arrests)
Protest leader Evan Shamar, whose lack of organization in 2009 many blame for allowing the peaceful protest to spiral out of control
, is organizing another protest. He's also not returning calls from the OPD trying to coordinate to keep things peaceful
. Oaklanders are making videos to spread the message "Violence is not justice".
There's already an Oaklandriots Twitter stream
. And some are wondering, in the age of paramilitary policing
, is the OPD itching to bring out its new sonic cannon?
As of July 7, they say they've decided not to use it