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Stores Looted In Protest Of Grant Verdict

From a colorblind Associated Press:

Officer convicted in Calif. train station killing


July 9, 2010

LOS ANGELES — A white former transit officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Thursday in the videotaped shooting death of an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform, a verdict that touched off violent protests in Oakland that damaged businesses and led to at least 50 arrests.

Somehow every report from our news media that we have read on this verdict managed to get “white” into the first three words of its lead paragraph.

Prosecutors had wanted Johannes Mehserle convicted of murdering 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was shot once in the back as he lay face-down.

The jury’s conviction on the lesser charge raised concerns of a repeat of the days of rioting that followed the shooting on New Year’s Day in 2009. The incident is among the most racially polarizing cases in California since four Los Angeles officers were acquitted in 1992 in the beating of Rodney King.

You can practically hear the AP salivating.

Near Oakland City Hall, a crowd moaned and cursed Thursday when they heard the verdict, decrying what they called a lack of justice.

At least a dozen business were damaged after 9 p.m., including a Foot Locker store that was looted and a jewelry store that was ransacked.

What better way to show your displeasure with the criminal justice system than to help yourself to some nice new shoes and some jewelry?

According to Reuters, these disconsolate ‘protestors’ also looted beauty supply shops and spray-painted “Riot for Oscar” on a bank building.

Windows were also smashed at several other businesses. Firefighters put out fires in several trash bins and at least one dumpster.

One person suffered a leg injury when some protesters started throwing rocks and bottles, officials said.

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts said that at least 50 people had been arrested and expected the number to double.

"We deserve better than this," he said. "This city is not the Wild Wild West. We will allow people to protest and we will allow them to do it peacefully." …

Before the incidents, Batts had described a mostly peaceful protest, although a small incendiary device had been set off near his department’s downtown station

Well, except for the throwing of rocks and bottles and the bombs and the smashing of windows and the setting of fires and the looting – it was “peaceful.”

Some streets in Oakland had been deserted after workers went home early in anticipation of possible riots…

We suspect this happens just about every night. At least every night when there’s an important sports event.

Grant has become a martyr of sorts in a city where more than a third of residents are black. His omnipresent image on buildings and storefront windows arguably rivals that of slain hometown rapper Tupac Shakur.

The trial was moved from Alameda County to Los Angeles because of racial tension and extensive media coverage in Oakland.

Alameda County District Attorney Nance E. O’Malley said in a statement that while the jury did not agree with the prosecution’s belief that it was murder, the panel also rejected the defense contention that Mehserle had no criminal liability

The jury had a choice between murder and lesser charges of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. The jury found that Mehserle didn’t mean to kill Grant, but that his behavior was still so negligent that it was criminal…

Legal experts said the verdict shows the jury sympathized with Mehserle’s version of events.

Prosecutors had a huge hurdle to overcome in convincing a jury that an officer with a spotless record meant to kill, even with video of the killing, said University of California, Berkeley, law school professor Erin Murphy.

"I think it’s a lesson that video can only get us so far," Murphy said.

What a bizarre thing to say, even for a Berkeley law school professor.

Defense attorney Michael Rains contended the shooting was a tragic accident. Mehserle had no motive to shoot Grant, even though he was resisting arrest, the lawyer argued.

Rains also said Mehserle told a colleague before the shooting: "Tony, Tony, Tony, I can’t get his hands. I’m going to Tase him." …

Grant had recently been released from jail after being sentenced to 16 months for a gun possession charge filed after he ran from police and was subdued by an officer with a stun gun.

A detail saved for the penultimate paragraph of the article.

The jury included eight women and four men. None listed their race as black. Seven said they were white, three were Latino, and one was Asian-Pacific. One declined to state their race.

In other words, the jury was made up of a bunch of racists.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Stores Looted In Protest Of Grant Verdict”

  1. Georgfelis says:

    Pajamas media blogger Zombie did an excellent couple of articles on Oakland and the “We All Know Its Coming” riot. Last part posted yesterday is Here .

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    If you don’t get what you want……….torch the city!
    (black rule) History proves this out.

  3. Right of the People says:

    “We deserve better than this,” he said. “This city is not the Wild Wild West.”

    Has he ever been to Oakland? I know it says he’s the Police Chief but really, that’s a perfect way to describe a place that is rapidly becoming a third world s—hole like Chicago and Detroit where normal people are afraid to tread.

  4. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Don’t worry folks, enjoy your new Nikes and watches. The colorblind DOJ is on top of it:

    Feds to investigate shooting of unarmed black man in Oakland by transit officer


    Federal officials say they will investigate the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer on an Oakland train platform to determine whether the case warrants federal prosecution.

    …The U.S. Department of Justice say the review will be conducted by its Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco and the FBI.


    That is the very same Civil Rights Division that refuses to investigate black on white crime. You know, like a bunch of idiots, of homogenous ethnic make up, breaking into a Foot Locker.

    How much do you want to bet the Fed will file charges? Never mind they are woefully out of their jurisdiction, and the whole double jeopardy clause, but who cares about some moldy old piece of paper when there is social justice to be had.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Holder is an ambitious and faithful zealot that probably had the paperwork for this order written faster than he had the Black Panther case dropped.

      But this case is just mm-mm, served to order for Obama’s current political strategy. Let’s review the history of escalating racial tensions so that we can remember why this administration never had any interest in abating them:

      – Roots in Black Liberation Theology, Muslim Brotherhood, & violent extremism
      – The destruction of Black families and reenslavement of communities by Democrat bureaucratic design. The Black caucus is conquered and assimilated, rogue individuals like Clarence Thomas are minimized.
      – Evolution of various Civil Rights groups, continued culutural despondency, and perversion of the law further stirs racial divide.
      – “White Republican racists,” which from my research really took hold as a talking point in response to Reagan’s policies.
      – The race business and emergence of career agitators & political puppets, aided publicly by mass media from news and culture while corruption between race-based non-profits and government is masked from the public.

      Then came Obama and the fringe became the norm:

      – The instantaneous demagoguery of the Tea Parties and Conservatives as racists.
      – The snubbing of all our Western allied (colonial) leaders – political and symbolic – including those of identical ideological lineage, in a fashion that is almost so meticulous in its subtlty that you nearly miss it underneath the stench of arrogance (e.g. the Queen’s Ipod).
      – The charge that Republicans are racist for opposing ObamaCare, unpaid for Extended Unemploment bills, or really any elemet of the statist-green-facist agenda.
      – The charge that all Arizonans (and anyone in agreement) are racist for reinforcing Federal law when Obama won’t.

      So of course that Oakland jury was tainted. Of course the cop got a reduced sentence because he’s a white man who shot a black man. And of course Holder is going to do something about it if it’ll grab headlines from here until November.

      Know what this is like?
      Lindsay Lohan writing @#^% you on her fingernails for a judge as he tells her she’s going to jail. Except Lindsay is Barack and the judge is America.

    • proreason says:

      Well said TN and BT.

      The Lindey Lohan analogy is apt. To complete it, take a look at the frequent and artful use the Moron has for his middle finger scratching his cheek.

      Of course, we all scratch our cheek with our middle finger extended from the rest, all the time, don’t we?

  5. untrainable says:

    Burning… looting… rioting… What else are fine upstanding people of conscience to do when they don’t like something. Those poor people couldn’t even afford real torches and pitchforks so they did the best they could.

    But those pesky tea partiers are the real threat. Them and the Ron Paul bumper sticker crowd. And war vets. And those crazy people with the “don’t tread on me” flags.

    Bizarro world is a crappy place to visit, but I don’t want to live here anymore.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, my hurricane survival kit now includes some pretty “fly” sneakers and a widescreen plasma TV set. It pays to be prepared.

  6. NoNeoCommies says:

    Meanwhile, no one marches in the streets for the shopkeepers or those whose cars were vandalized.
    When one black kid murders another out of spite, no one riots and demands that black parents and the school system “train” kids to behave properly,
    No one demands that the residents of Oakland attend training to improve their sensitivity to the mainstream culture that the cops belong to.
    The cops should just state clearly that they will be on strike after such court decisions and anyone defending their property with deadly force will get a pass.

  7. hushpuppy says:

    In all seriousness – sometimes I feel like I’m in some parallel universe where good is bad, evil is good, lawlessness is rewarded and lawfulness is persecuted…

    • proreason says:

      The only people who could have imagined it 30 years ago were the communists who designed it.

      And it is certainly far far beyond what they envisioned in their best case scenarios.

  8. beautyofreason says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I find no better way to share my message than to break into a random person’s store and steal their bling-bling. It will surely set a great example for the black community and convince the rest of the country that this case is more than thugs and criminals agitating against the death of their own.

    • canary says:

      beautyofreason, tsk tsk. Better to dress as the Oakland bandits skull caps & scarves, robes hiding underneath pork chops, bibles, crosses, American flags, but……on the outside of the robes, show & holding moderate building tools, electrical wire, hammers, chainsaws… then, peacefully, with little notice, enter the Mosques being built at ground zero to honor their 9/11 martyrs, and go to work with these chainsaws & tools aiding them with their construction, and say
      “oops. sorry I meant to carve out the left wall. ”
      “oops. sorry I meant to blow up the ceiling to where the giant mushroom was to be, not basement floor ”
      Teach them American’s lessons on diversity & tolerance, something they don’t believe in.

  9. Chuckk says:

    Any excuse is good enough to do a little looting.

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