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Rioting Envelops Oakland Over Oscar Grant BART Slaying

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/07/MN2N155CN1.DTL
http://cbs5.com/local/oscar.grant.funeral.2.902090.html
http://www.kron.com/News/ArticleView/tabid/298/smid/1126/ArticleID/107/reftab/36/t/Oakland-Mayor-Calls-for-Peace-as-Angry-Crowds-Swarm-City-Streets/Default.aspx

(01-07) 21:13 PST Oakland — A protest over the fatal shooting by a BART police officer of an unarmed man mushroomed into several hours of violence Wednesday night as demonstrators smashed storefronts and cars, set several cars ablaze and blocked streets in downtown Oakland. The roving mob smashed a McDonald’s, a hair salon, a pharmacy and several restaurants. As police in riot gear tried to control the crowd, some people retreated along 14th Street and smashed cars along the way. “This is our business,” shouted Leemu Topka, the owner of the business she started four years ago. “This is our shop. This is what you call a protest?” Wednesday night’s vandalism victims had nothing to do with the shooting death by a BART police officer of Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day – but that did little to sway the mob. “I feel like the night is going great,” said Nia Sykes, 24, of San Francisco, one of the demonstrators. “I feel like Oakland should make some noise. This is how we need to fight back. It’s for the murder of a black male.”

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January 8, 2009 - Posted by | Police State Brutality, Riot Watch

1 Comment »

  1. […] There have been reports of civil unrest in Oakland in the wake of the Oscar Grant murder.  Read here and here for more […]

    Pingback by On Oscar Grant: Murder and Aftermath « Problem Chylde | January 8, 2009 | Reply


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