Friday, July 09, 2010

Crazed Teabaggers Riot in Oakland

It's a raucous mob or something. I'm sure MSNBC will soon have a two-hour special highlighting the dangers of folks who've overdosed on lessons from community organizers.

Don't worry though. I'm sure Obama's Justice Department will be on the case. Not to punish the rioters, of course, but the cop.
Angry mobs smashed windows and set small fires in downtown Oakland Thursday night, their rage sparked by a white transit cop's conviction of a lesser charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a subway station New Year's Day 2009.

The rioting and looting started hours after former police officer Johannes Mehersle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Oscar Grant was shot in the back while laying face-down on a subway platform. Mehersle dodged the more severe charge of second degree murder.

Mehersle faces a prison sentence of two to four years.

The protesters, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a racially diverse group, faced off with police, threw rocks and bottles, smashed storefronts and sprayed graffiti on walls that read "Riot for Oscar."

Several trash cans along the streets were set on fire.

"This city is not the wild, wild west," said Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts. "This city will not tolerate this sort of activity."

Earlier in the evening, demonstrations after the verdict had been peaceful as community leaders urged calm.

"I'm angry as hell, but he was found guilty of something," Tony Coleman, a community organizer who started a movement on Grant's behalf, said of the convicted ex-cop.
Zombie has been all over this story in the days leading up to the riot.

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