Former Oakland police chief Anthony Batts out in Baltimore

Anthony Batts has worn out welcomes in bothOakland and now Baltimore.Report details criticisms that followed him in Oakland OAKLAND | A scathing investigation into Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts' handling of the protests that followed the death of Freddie Gray, an incident which captured national headlines for yet another alleged case of police brutality, has led … Continue reading Former Oakland police chief Anthony Batts out in Baltimore

Former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown says D.A. Nancy O’Malley is racist

Alameda County D.A. Nancy O'Malley andformer Black Panther leader Elaine Brown.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland Civil Rights icon Elaine Brown called Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley a racist at a special session of the Oakland City Council last Saturday.The meeting's sole agenda item was a lengthy discussion on the strained relationship between law enforcement and … Continue reading Former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown says D.A. Nancy O’Malley is racist

Desley Brooks’ amazing speech on race in Oakland; need for civil disobedience

Desley Brooks: "Our city has been torn upby angry, young white people, but that’s not the perception that goes out."OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Councilmember Desley Brooks can sometimes confound even her strongest supporters with a propensity toward inflammatory and in-your-face remarks, but when she is on, few in Oakland speak with more passion and clarity … Continue reading Desley Brooks’ amazing speech on race in Oakland; need for civil disobedience

Oakland, Alameda County To Pay $1 Million To Oscar Grant Protesters Arrested Nov. 2010

Just two weeks away from the opening of Fruitvale Station, the highly-acclaimed feature film about the last days of Hayward-resident Oscar Grant and the city of Oakland and Alameda County can't help but unwittingly promoting the film.On Monday morning, the East Bay Express reported protesters arrested during one of the Grant protest Nov. 5, 2010 … Continue reading Oakland, Alameda County To Pay $1 Million To Oscar Grant Protesters Arrested Nov. 2010

Supervisor Denounces Mehserle Sentencing

CARSON SAYS SENTENCE IS 'EVERYTHING WRONG WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM'By Steven TavaresAlameda County Supervisor Keith Carson along with other local groups denounced late Friday the sentencing of Johannes Mehserle, the former BART cop convicted of killing Oscar Grant two years ago.Alameda County SupervisorKeith Carson"The sentence of two years minus time served is far more lenient … Continue reading Supervisor Denounces Mehserle Sentencing

Mehserle Rally and Counter Protest in Walnut Creek

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Grant Prostesters Outnumber Pro-Mehserle Rally in Walnut Creek

RALLY REMAINED PEACEFUL, BUT NOT WITHOUT ANGRY WAR OF WORDSBy Steven TavaresWALNUT CREEK - Pro-Oscar Grant prostesters over-shouted and overwhelmed with numbers a rally Monday afternoon in Walnut Creek meant to support convicted former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle.A brick retaining wall in front of the courthouse on Ygnacio Valley Road acted as the only barrier between a mob of … Continue reading Grant Prostesters Outnumber Pro-Mehserle Rally in Walnut Creek

Group to Hold Protest in Favor of Mehserle Next Week

As far as bad ideas go, planning a rally in support of former BART cop Johannes Mehserle seems to be high on the list. Especially after general unrest followed last Thursday's verdict of involuntary manslaughter.A Facebook page planning a demonstration in support of Mehserle and law enforcement was reported earlier today by the blog Claycord. According to … Continue reading Group to Hold Protest in Favor of Mehserle Next Week

Oakland Police Arrested An Eclectic Group of Protesters

COPS ARRESTED PREGNANT WOMAN DURING OSCAR GRANT PROTESTBy Steven TavaresThey got a prominent civil rights attorney, a beat poet, a Berkeley activist, a pregnant woman, a Starbucks barista, a guy riding his bike home carrying a bag of groceries and a political blogger (that would be me). The band of usual suspects reeled in by … Continue reading Oakland Police Arrested An Eclectic Group of Protesters

Police As Agent Provocateurs: Oakland Cops Set Violent Tone at Grant Protest

FIRST PERSON FROM THE OSCAR GRANT PROTESTBy Steven TavaresOver the course of two hours Thursday night a line of Oakland police clad in riot gear creeped towards the vast majority of people protesting the involuntary manslaughter verdict against BART cop Johannes Mehserle in the death of Oscar Grant as the sun began to fall on Downtown Oakland.Around … Continue reading Police As Agent Provocateurs: Oakland Cops Set Violent Tone at Grant Protest

Oscar Grant Protest

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Oakland On Edge

AROUND THE EAST BAY BLOGOSPHEREWhen it comes to next week's likely verdict in the Johannes Mehersle trial invariably the knee-jerk local reaction will be devoid of contemplation. Images of protesters will be splashed on television screens focusing squarely on unknown out-of-town anarchists and minorities and make this brew of possible civil disturbance its the main talking point. But is it? … Continue reading Oakland On Edge