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Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

Mr Davidzon said: "The bottom line is that American police kill far more people than police in any other civilized nation. The use of force guidelines, according to Amnesty International, do not meet international norms and standards. Whats even worse is that while delivering this carnage, they are failing to reduce crime to rates on-par with other civilized nations."

That statement ignores the fact that, unlike any other country in the world, the USA has hundreds of millions of firearms in the hands of millions of citizens. The threat level to police officers, and therefore the statistics on police killings -- justfied and unjustified -- cannot be compared with any other country.

Posted by Mansour Kilibria on 08/17/2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

@Mansour Kilibria - the issue you're missing is that police officers are hired help. The employers - ie the taxpayers - have every right to say "you must accept far higher risk of injury and death in exchange for this paycheck".

That is how capitalism works. Some jobs come with risks, and those risks are managed by the employers. In the case of police officers, there is no reason we cannot demand that they radically reduce the number of people they injure and kill, even if doing so implies that we will have more officer injuries and deaths. It is a job and job risks are dictated by employers.

The bottom line is that American police kill far more people than police in any other civilized nation. The use of force guidelines, according to Amnesty International, do not meet international norms and standards. Whats even worse is that while delivering this carnage, they are failing to reduce crime to rates on-par with other civilized nations.

Don't want to accept risk of injury or death? Cannot deliver lower crime? Don't take the job. Someone else will. This is America. We do capitalism here.

Posted by Vladislav Davidzon on 08/17/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black

I saw this remark posted on r/oakland in response to this article. Not my words but they do cast a useful perspective on the article.

From /r/oakland:
Let's examine the incidents & people cited in the EBE article.


[Yuvette Henderson] (http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_27461977/oakland-woman-killed-by-emeryville-police-tried-carjack)

Police shot Ms. Henderson while she was aiming a loaded revolver at them, after she had attempted to *car jack 3 different cars.* Picture yourself as Ms. Henderson in this scene, whatever your age, race, or gender. How would you expect to be treated if you pointed a gun at a police officer? How else could this have played out? She could have dropped the weapon & surrendered.

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[Richard Linyard] (http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Man-who-died-during-Oakland-police-chase-mourned-6398121.php)

He was asphyxiated. When he trapped *himself* in a narrow space between buildings while trying to escape from police. "Linyard was the only person in the car and allegedly fled on foot and into a nearby yard. Officers waited for backup to arrive before searching the neighborhood, Watson said... ...There was *no active pursuit, no fight, no use of force,*” Watson said. “We were in the process of conducting a search when the officers located this individual.”


How else could this have played out? He could have sat there in his car, hands on the steering wheel, like average citizens do, instead of trying to run.

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[Demouria Hogg]
(http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_29822027/da-oakland-officer-cleared-fatal-shooting)


Having a weapon in plain view inside a car and reaching for it when a police officer taps at the window is not a good idea for a person of *any* description or race. If the fellow was groggy from sleep or drugs, that is unfortunate but also not something the police officer can know or account for in the moment. When someone raises a weapon there is no time for a "hey how ya doin" check-in or a therapy session. How else could this have played out? He could have put his hands up and waited for instructions. With a weapon in plain view, even if he'd put his hands up he still may have gotten shot due to the officer's nerves & bad judgment but chances would have been lower.


[Alan Blueford]
(https://oaklandnorth.net/2012/10/09/district-attorneys-report-officer-justified-in-alan-blueford-shooting/)


Shot while fleeing from police. After being seen directly involved in drug dealing. The details of this incident aren't as clear as in the previous examples but the interpretation "officer felt his life was threatened" seems much better-supported by the evidence than "racist cop kills punk from spite/anger". The youth had a weapon on him and attempted to flee after the police asked him to submit to a search. Pulled out said weapon (i.e. brandishing) while being chased. How else could this have played out? Mr. Blueford could've sat down on the curb, been searched, arrested for illegal firearms possession, booked, and processed.

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Without question, a certain number of suspect deaths at the hands of police are unjustified, and police depts. nationwide need to continue to revise & refine their use-of-force policies. But what articles like this EBE piece and thousands like it often ignore are the how the actions of the "victims" were instrumental in bringing about the killings. It's fair to put "victim" in quotes because the word connotes bad intention from one party toward another -- but so often when police blow somebody away, they are just doing their job because *the suspect or perp* raised the stakes to life-or-death by their own actions, forcing the police toward lethal self-defense or defense of the public at large.

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The EBE's closing quote for the 3-page article:


"Alan Blueford's mother says *its incumbent on police to change.* [Emphasis mine.] "Sadly it's been in our culture for a very long time," Jeralynn said. "The outrage of today is that it's still going on. Decades of killings. ... That's not the way it should be.


"It's up to them to change that. It's too late for Alan."


Really? It's up to the *police* to do the changing? Changing to what, tolerating young men (or anyone) possessing and carrying illegal firearms? Tolerating them ignoring police orders to stop and be searched with (in the Blueford and the Linyard cases ) *obvious* probable cause? Allowing them to run while brandishing a firearm?

Posted by Mansour Kilibria on 08/17/2016 at 10:12 AM

Re: “About the Data: What Our Reporters Analyzed to Learn About Officer-Involved Killings in Oakland

I get the point, but intentionally reporting in a vacuum (as is normal at EBX) is just wrong. There have been over 11,500,000 violent crimes in the United States since 2000, 250,000 of which were homicides. We live in an extremely violent society. The whole damn thing needs examination.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 08/16/2016 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Hate Man

I'm one of the faces of the crowd that defied the 'authorities', clashed with police, stood up to the Natal Guard army and helped build that park in 1969. Just a few years later, I moved on and spent decades living elsewhere around the country, with occasional visits to Berkeley. I noted some of the changes in the park, and claims about it variously, like acetate overlays atop the original.

I wasn't aware of Hate until some years into my move returning me to East Bay and, off and on, Berkeley again. I only ventured 'Hate Camp' some time later and for some years, Hate and I maintained something of an arm's length, unspoken acknowledgement of one another with especially brief exchanges of pertinent pragmatic information/advisories once in awhile.

Two winters ago, both the University and City police Dept's launched a relatively strict 'enforcement' program, which was routinely conducted nightly. First UPD officers 'swept' the park (formally "closed" at 10pm) hassling and removing people from the park, either to the surrounding curbs or across the streets. Later, BPD officers showed up to drive them out of the neighborhood entirely. This continued for months - until crews showed up early one morn, setting barriers up with police in the background, and began cutting trees down, then shredding those into a 'sawdust/woodchip' which was strewn around.

Finally, there would be nights when only Hate and would be around there. But I had a vehicle. During that spell, I included his camp in my regular round and e increased our interacting quite a bit. However, I wasn't interested nor amenable to what I regarded as essentially a quirky self-styled 'etiquette' and I avoid or resist demands for social performance.

I, too, have a professional career background n print media, including newspapers (starting with the Berkeley Barb in '69), although my emphasis was the visual design/production. I've also authored magazine articles and was a blogger for a well-known 'social justice' website, etc. Hate and I have never discussed these things.

There is more to the guy than I usually see covered in articles like this. For instance, probably most people (including locals) aren't aware of how much picking up of messes and things caused by others that he's doing again and again. Then there are realms of what I may consider more esoteric or metaphysical, but I'll leave it to him to elucidate if and as he pleases. I can't credit that 'camp' as a 'peace keeping' function, since a probable majority of boisterous (or worse) confrontations take place there.

But, of course, he's become an iconic fixture. Personally, I have found that despite the reported refusal of 'handouts' he eagerly accepts certain proffered gifts, which include cups of black coffee, mayonnaise and baked sweets. And he reciprocates in his own ways.

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 08/12/2016 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Hate Man

I don't miss you hate man. Fuck you, AND LEAVE ZIZI ALONE.LOVE BIRDMAN

Posted by birdmanofberkeley on 08/09/2016 at 6:11 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

Thank you for the article! We featured it in our podcast episode. If anyone wants to hear our thoughts on this. Please visit, http://www.360bayarea.com/episode-9!

Posted by 360BayArea on 08/08/2016 at 2:38 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

I write about the Hayward Fault a lot, and from the geologist's professional viewpoint the signs of creep are indeed "marvelous." See a few examples from Oakland at https://oaklandgeology.wordpress.com/2016/…

Posted by Andrew Alden on 08/01/2016 at 5:41 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

Here is a source page where you may get accurate fault trace files (KML), etc.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/1868virtualtour/

Posted by hudnut on 07/31/2016 at 11:39 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

Lot's of really dangerous structures around town. It is scary to think about Earthquakes, but we can't stick our heads in the sand and do nothing when some simple steps could save many lives.

Posted by Clive Scullion on 07/29/2016 at 5:10 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

Man I'm glad my efforts led the University of California Berkeley to evacuate the grounds department from the Edwards Stadium on campus because the building will probably fall down in the big one.

Dolly Fine is character in my historical novel, my real name is Hank Chapot.

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/07/14/campus-…

Posted by Dolly Fine on 07/27/2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

The map does not show the fault running through the UC Berkeley stadium. It appears further west than I've seen on other maps. Is this an accurate depiction of the fault location.

Posted by jvla2 on 07/27/2016 at 3:00 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

The map of the Hayward Fault doesn't seem to be loading properly or is inaccurate. The fault generally follows Highway 13 and then along the backside of the Berkeley Campus, including, as mentioned, through Memorial Stadium. But the fault is pictured several miles away from all that.

Posted by Gregory 'gar' Russell on 07/27/2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

IT'S TOO BAD YOU CAN'T TELL WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE IS GOING TO HAPPEN

Posted by Jean Blake Fleming on 07/27/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Hunting With a Rat

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Posted by Mushahid Hussain on 07/21/2016 at 2:58 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Lose Its Artistic Soul?

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Posted by sussanedavis on 07/19/2016 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Today a customer called to state she'd left a review on Yelp for us
July 19, 2016
Ugggnnn!!!! No more bing/yelp for me.
When I search for the problem with their apparent suppression of reviews, I see they recently were drawn into court and have complaints by the thousands in a class action lawsuit
FOR SUPPRESSING REVIEWS!
I googled to find out what to do about it and see what others are encountering (since there's no way to contact the bing/yelp monopoly...I did however leave this message on a few OTHER websites where people are all up in arms about the manipulation (apparently they are all saying the same thing....if you advertise with yelp/bing your reviews MIGHT be able to be seen (!!!)

This was the note I wanted to send to Yelp....but they don't have a means of contacting them....what a joke, anonymous terrorists.
"I was called earlier by a woman customer that stated she left us a review on Bing. When searching my company name with the terms " Troy Road Computers Springfield Ohio " I see the company page come up and it states only 1 review, after clicking to see the 1 review I see it states we have 3 reviews, when I click to see what was said, the yelp page states that 'these reviews are not recommended " (!?!) Are you kidding me? I am not one to be extorted or manipulated but AM the type to inform each and every one of our customers that if they are finding that we serviced them appropriately to please use google to do so (to avoid loss). We have our own server and will be updating our notices page to reflect this recent finding with the bing/yelp monopoly asap. http://www.yelp.com/biz/springfield-computers-springfield?utm_campaign=yelp_feed&utm_medium=feed_v2&utm_source=bing
Searching a bit deeper I see there's been others with the same problem with the yelp manipulation."

And to think that I've gone through the extra work of putting bing as one of the links available to a great deal of my customers favorites bar....phhhhttt......just goes to show you, our nation is overrun by capitalizing and it's at all levels.
Capitalists don't appear to be doing such a good job of managing our nation as evidenced by our very real debt/looting (pick your word): http://usdebtclock.org

Posted by Kenny Hendrick on 07/19/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “An East Bay Pimp Trafficked Her Daughter. And the Man that She Turned to For Help Exploited Her For Sex.

After reading the article Betrayal of Trust I was left wondering who I should feel sorry for. Is it Ms. Pendergrass who was taken advantage of? She blames Mr. Mims the ex-con turned public servant. Certainly the young lady who was forced into prostitution is a victim…of poor parenting. Now that she’s pregnant it leaves me to wonder what sort of parenting skills she learned from her mother and what will she be able to pass along to her child. Mom’s a victim. She’s a victim. Clearly this new baby will be the next victim. Who is to blame for this lack of personal responsibility? The timing of this story is unfortunate and I am afraid it only serves to reinforce the racial divide by perpetuating the stereotype of black people as helpless victims who have children out of wedlock and then wind up on welfare. The fact that this whole thing began at a public agency doesn’t bode well for social programs either. Will more social programs alleviate problems like this? Is this story some sort of right wing propaganda? It sure fits the conservative agenda.

Posted by Sigh Coexboifrend on 07/18/2016 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Black Lives Matter Now: Short Essays by Express Readers on Racial Injustice in America

We can't hide from the headlines anymore and people from all over the world are now waking up. The European power structure with their religious jargon is now falling on deaf ears. Minorities all over the world are now being awakened.

From my first visits to Cuba, Central America, and Africa, you could feel the change and global revolution among the people worldwide within the air. That's why it's so imperative for people of color to learn their history and to be properly educated on who they are and their history of greatness.

And now I can compare the Black lives matter movement to the civil rights movement of the late 50s and early 60s. Both movements are equally powerful. Whenever I would compare their struggles, I've always thought the civil rights movement was more dangerous because of the lynching.

But now I can sadly say we are still witnessing lynching in 2016 by the same crooked cops, which has sparked the Black lives matter movement all over the world and equally placing both organization's struggles on the same page.

Pretty much we've been treading in shallow waters and nothing has changed. But it's just something special about this generation. I remain hopeful and optimistic that this generation will be victorious in our struggles.
#Blacklivesmatter

Derrick Newton

Posted by Derrick Newton on 07/16/2016 at 4:52 AM

Re: “Black Lives Matter Now: Short Essays by Express Readers on Racial Injustice in America

While I am honored to have had my piece selected, I'm quite disturbed that it was edited down. The call out was for up to 500 word essays and what I submitted was under that amount...yet the following was edited out. WHY? You asked for perspective, why would you limit mine when the lives of our brothers and sisters of color are on the line? Engage, especially if it makes us uncomfortable. PARTICULARLY if it makes us uncomfortable.

"I say that this impacts OUR community because these are our brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews who are dying, being locked up, and terrorized by people unwilling to interrupt and examine our personal bias as well as laws and policies that disproportionately harm our family of color.
When my black sister is curled up in a ball for days on end after seeing another video of an unarmed black man murdered by police.
When my black brother is numb and hides out in his house to avoid having to talk to anyone after another white man walks free after murdering a black person.
When my black niece makes videos about the pain of black girls not fitting in and it resonates with millions of cis and trans black women.
When my black nephew rehearses with his parents EVERY DAY before he leaves the house what to do if he encounters a police officer knowing that it may very well be an exercise in futility…#PhilandoCastille.
When any of my black family and friends have to weather a breaking point again and again and again….and then be expected to show up in service of curious white people (their boss, the person buying coffee in front of them, their landlord) who want to talk about these horrific events from a voyeuristic curiosity and be re-traumatized again and again and again.

I will NOT be silent while this country does this to my family. YOUR life matters, black family.
White family, if you see, you are EXPECTED to raise your voice and be in action with us. If you don’t see, you are EXPECTED to open your eyes. The atrocities we see (when we choose to look) on our own soil by far outweigh the smoke and mirrors our government and media will have you believe about "outside terrorism" coming in. Scared of ISIS? Try being black in any city in America. ISIS is not the priority. The liberation of our family being terrorized right in front of our closed eyes is the priority. Look, listen, learn, engage, stand up…..you know full well you’d burn the courthouse down if this was your brother or sister. Well, it is. Light the match, family.

#blacklivesmatter #noneofusarefreeuntilweareallfree"

Maureen Benson,
Oakland, CA

Posted by shakingmyheadindisbelief on 07/14/2016 at 10:28 PM

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