Friday, July 9, 2010

Nothing Says ‘Justice’ Like a New Pair of Sneakers

By Robert Gammon
Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Updated: Gangs of roving white anarchists dressed in black rioted in Oakland last night, looting stores, setting trash bins on fire, and vandalizing numerous Oakland businesses. The anarchists’ first target in their campaign to exact “justice” for Oscar Grant was looting the Foot Locker store on Broadway, near City Hall. Because, you know, if you’re a young white hooligan, why not grab yourself some Nikes to prove that the US justice system is unfair?

According to the Trib and Chron, police arrested 83 78 people last night. Most of them appear to have been young whites from out of town who began rioting after dark. For much of the evening, the demonstrations were mostly peaceful — until the young anarchists dressed in black, with black paint on their faces or bandanas, arrived.

Update 10 a.m.: Video of the looting at Foot Locker shows that stealing sneakers is a multicultural-demonstration sport. Plenty of young black men and some Latinos were looting the store in the name of 'justice' as well.

Update 1:40 p.m.: Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts said that about 75 percent of the 78 people arrested last night were not from Oakland.

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