Oscar Grant: Oakland Responds

Oakland responds Please note that at least 50 people, maybe many more, were arrested during the rebellion last night. From a capitalist news source:

A group of people angry with the BART verdict clashed with police in riot gear in downtown Oakland late Thursday, throwing rocks and bottles at officers, starting small fires in the street and breaking into downtown businesses. Police were making numerous arrests.

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts said at a news conference that about 8 p.m., a group of people dressed completely in black and wearing black face masks moved south on Broadway, taking an aggressive posture. Batts described the group as “anarchists.”

Gettin rowdy“It was clear that they were taking an aggressive posture…. We started taking a number of rocks and bottles,” Batts said. “We then made a dispersal order” about 8:30 p.m.

Most protesters left, but those dressed in black did not.

A group of protesters shattered windows along Broadway, breaking into a Foot Locker and taking bags of athletic gear and shoes and throwing some into the street. Fresh graffiti was spray-painted on walls along Broadway; one outside Telly’s Coffee read: “You can’t shoot us all.”
Sure looks like a bunch of white anarchists, huh?
People broke windows at a Rite-Aid drugstore and entered Far East National Bank. Small fires were started in trash cans.

A California Highway Patrol car window was smashed.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums urged the crowd to “end it on a note that is dignified and respectful.”

2 Responses

  1. […] Oakland, CA: Rebellion sweeps the streets of downtown, widespread property destruction, looting, and streetfighti… […]

  2. About 90 folks were arrested, some facing felony charges and being held over the weekend on some serious bail.

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