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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

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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] (

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.


[Richard Linyard] (

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.


[Demouria Hogg]

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]

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.


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.


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: “Getting Schooled: An Overview of this Year's Oakland Unified School Board Races

Rosie is being dishonest here. She was elected with pro-charter money, and for 3.5 years, she compliantly advanced a pro-charter agenda on the School Board. A few months ago, she came out as questioning the pro-charter agenda, and so GO is running two candidates against her. 6 months of pandering to the local community should not outweigh the 42 months that she devoted to helping out of town billionaires get their hands on our public money at the expense of our children.

Posted by Anthony Daquipa on 08/17/2016 at 9:53 AM

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Re: “9th Circuit Smacks Down Rogue Pot Prosecutors: Dispensaries’ Legal Shield Holds Up in Federal Appeals Court

Okay folks, let me bring you ALL up to speed in these matters! If I told you that 99% of all the entities currently operating marijuana businesses in California are illegal for-profit corporations known as "dispensaries" holding themselves out to be lawful "collectives" or "cooperatives" you'd probably be shocked. Yes, that means NOT one of those unlawful entities is following current state law as its NOT protected by the spending amendment! The SBOE would have a list of these "sales" tax exempt entities on file and on record because you simply cannot "sell" or "profit" from a controlled substance or the transactions. Nowhere in current state law does it say that you can specifically "sell" or "profit" from marijuana and our state government has misguided us into unlawful activities simply so they could tax the illegal business operations. Furthermore, the spending amendment does NOT address or effect the long arm of the federal government known as the IRS and they're ability to enforce federal laws like the CSA, RICO and their own Rule 280E. The "paper shield" amendment only has four corners and only says what it says inside those corners and nothing outside or beyond that is protected from federal prosecution. Rejoice if you are one of the rare handful of lawful entities operating today and be very wary if your NOT because the federal government knows California mislead you from the get go so they could "Cash in on Our Use" if you're not smart enough to understand and follow the "Compassionate Use Act" the way its supposed to be followed in conjunction with federal law! The fact you paid "sales" tax is the very evidence that will be used by the federal government to prove you weren't following state law and will also be the evidence used to prosecute you and or your organization. I wish the best of luck to ALL those that believed the "dispensary" business model used by even the largest of operators is exactly what comes back to haunt you and shame on California for leading you down the unlawful path and the potential prosecution simply for the "taxation" of illegal business activities of "selling" and "profiting" from pot!

Sincerely Concerned,

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Founder & Managing Member of MediMarts
A Closed-Loop California Collective

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 08/17/2016 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Six Ways to Fried Chicken in the East Bay

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Posted by Darryl Sladden on 08/16/2016 at 11:10 PM

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: “Alameda Superior Court Judge: Landlord Acting "Unbelievably Callous" in Chinatown SRO Harassment Case

Judge Seligman totally rocks. And the investors are vermin.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 08/16/2016 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Homelessness, Caltrans, and the East Bay's Forgotten People

Got to say there's a bunch of truth in Ms, Kittell's rant. "Let It Be" is not good policy - just ask City of Albany and how it ignored its waterfront "bulb" property which turned into a giant 200+ homeless camp (with no sanitation, security etc).

What I don't get is that the tent camps are often boarding fenced parking lots which probably belong to Caltrans (since they are within the right of way) and so why not, at least as a stop-gap, open up those lots, add some portable toilets and showers, trash cans, etc. and let them camp with a bit more dignity? How much could that cost? The Express should ask the City why it can't do something like that since it's happened in other cities like Portland and now SF.

Last year I noticed one guy who started living in his car along at a metered parking spot on Lake Merritt. He lived in his car for at least two months before (somehow) the City forced him to move. Not a single parking ticket! How long would my car last parked out there like that?

Posted by Tom Gan on 08/16/2016 at 5:24 PM

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Re: “Big Soda Is Spending Big Money Against Oakland Sugary Beverage Tax Proposal

The PHI study did not confirm a total pass through of the tax to consumers. What it did show is that some retailers were passing through the tax to consumers, to greater or lesser degrees, and some were not. The small grocers were generally not. They are a competitive disadvantage if they have to sell higher priced soda than neighboring stores in Albany etc. that do not have the tax, and have fewer resources to absorb it.…

Posted by MarleenLee on 08/15/2016 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Big Soda Is Spending Big Money Against Oakland Sugary Beverage Tax Proposal

I watched a consumer grab a $1.79 16 oz soda from a refrigerator at a cash register and buy it without asking or caring about the price, which was higher than the food they were buying. If consumers who will be impacted are not price sensitive, the tax is irrelevant.

The people against soda need to work on having a substitute that is acceptable by consumers. Otherwise, they will just be paying more...and will buy cheaper, less good food.

Posted by OaktownGirl 1 on 08/15/2016 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Best Marijuana Strains of Summer 2016

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Posted by Artemis2318 on 08/14/2016 at 11:14 PM

Re: “"Quiet Storm" Brand May Dissolve in Wake of KBLX Sale

when the genre smooth jazz hit the scene, and replaced modern jazz. That's when the Quiet Storm got a little to quiet for me. I bailed on this station years ago.

Posted by Kenny Reigh on 08/14/2016 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Big Soda Is Spending Big Money Against Oakland Sugary Beverage Tax Proposal

MarLeenLee et al: The Contra Costa Times (now East Bay Times) article is based on 1 person checking soda prices in 4 stores over a year ago in May 2015. Since then, researchers at UC Berkeley have confirmed that "Approximately 3 months after the tax was implemented, SSB [sugar-sweetened beverage] retail prices increased more in Berkeley than in nearby cities." []

That conclusion was confirmed later in 2015 when Public Health Institute presented preliminary findings from their BEST (Berkeley Evaluation of Soda Tax) study to the American Public Health Association. PHI concluded that "the one cent per ounce tax has been fully passed on to the retail pricing of sugar sweetened beverages in large and small chain supermarkets and chain gas stations." In fact, that study - the most thorough evaluation of Berkeley’s SSB excise tax at the time - revealed that the price of SSBs increased by MORE than the 1 cent per ounce anyone hoped a pass-through of the tax would achieve! []

The evidence collected so far reveals that anyone who claims the tax is A) not increasing the cost of SSBs, B) increasing the cost of untaxed beverages, or C) both, is either misinformed or lying. Of course, the beverage industry will cite out-of-date and poorly-researched articles as part of their propaganda, so we must remain vigilant to catch their deceptive practices.

Posted by B Safrutord on 08/14/2016 at 2:59 PM

Re: “East Bay Homeless Campers Accuse Caltrans of Illegally Confiscating and Destroying Valuable Property — and Even Family Heirlooms

I posted this comment on another article, but I'm reposting it here. Lies, lies, lies. I've been in these encampments, several times. I've interacted with the people in these photographs. They see an opportunity to gouge the State for money, and they're taking it. Attorney's are loving this. Anyway, here's my reposted comment:

No, no, no, no, no!!! Now this is where I draw the line. I hate articles like this because they're completely one sided. "Harassment from government agencies...," GTFOH!!!!!! I have a pretty in-depth knowledge of how these CalTrans clean-up days work. Yes, homelessness is a problem. I'm not debating that fact, but to expect or imply CalTrans, the State of California, or any police agency should turn a blind eye to these encampments, is ridiculous. Due to the B.S. bureaucracy, CalTrans is required to "post" their clean-up intentions DAYS in advance. Their posting schedule gives people several days notice to move their belongings. Sure as hell, when they come back, the people are STILL there (acting like it's the first time they've heard CalTrans was coming). COME ON!!! CalTrans not only has a pretty regular schedule, but they take photos when they post notices. Not CalTrans' fault the people in the encampments remove the notices. Additionally, when CalTrans arrives, due to the fact they've already posted a notice, they're not REQUIRED to afford the encampment residents with additional time to clean their crap up. They do, but they're not required to. No one wants to be heartless meanie. Due to the ridiculous missing property claims, and lawsuits, CalTrans is now required to videotape (as opposed to simply photographing), the property they discard. They receive claims of jeans worth hundreds of dollars getting thrown away, valuable jewelry going missing...YEAH RIGHT!!! These places are filthy and full of rummaged and/or stolen property!! Don't insult my intelligence.

The people who work for CalTrans and go out and clean these encampments DO NOT have the power to disregard the order of their bosses. They have a job to do. And as a tax paying, home in West Oakland owning (an epicenter for this filth), and resident of California, I expect CalTrans to do their job!! I've been in these encampments (and stepped in "dookie bombs" the homeless left behind), and I've interacted with the hopeless HOMEOWNER who also feels like they're being punished/victimized. I belong to the latter group. So I have to suffer because people feel sorry for the homeless? I have to deal with the filth, trash, noise, and vermin, because people feel sorry for the homeless? What about me, the HOME OWNER, THE TAX PAYER, THE PERSON THAT GOES TO WORK EVERY DAY? What about the tax paying, home owning (or renting) residents who call in or go to the police begging for help with the encampment problem in their neighborhood, and they get brushed off, or their complaints get discarded, because the City and the State's hands are tied? How do you tell a person who does EVERYTHING RIGHT, and "PAYS THEIR DUES", that their complaints are invalid. "Sorry my friend, you're successful and own your home and pay your taxes, but because you're not homeless, we don't care you feel victimized too."

I spoke to one defeated home owner who lived next to an encampment. He said, "I don't understand how these people are not being arrested for the least! If i cut the lock and drove onto State property and started vandalizing stuff, or doing donuts, i would get arrested!!! Why are they not getting arrested ?!!!!" My response was, "Because they're homeless and you're not." But he's absolutely right. This is asinine!!!

And to go back to that line about "harassment." When CalTrans goes into these encampments to DO THEIR JOB, they're threatened, assaulted, and harassed themselves. Sometimes, they're not even CalTrans employees...they're contracted out to some work program. Men and women just trying to earn a living and/or fulfill the terms and conditions of their probation. If some of these homeless people weren't so hostile, perhaps CalTrans wouldn't need the police's assistance. I tell you what, this liberal Oakland City Council and spineless OPD (and their moratorium on the homeless) have made it difficult for other agencies to do their job. Because the City of Oakland and OPD refuse to address the problem, let people live in their cars (illegally parked or not), and let people pitch tents and block the sidewalks (out of compliance with ADA laws and regulations), then the homeless and activist think all other agencies are supposed to do the same. The City of Oakland's and OPD's LACK OF ACTION, is counter productive to the problem. They don't want to victimize the homeless, but they're victimizing the homeowner. oh but wait, NOT IN THE "NICE" NEIGHBORHOODS THOUGH!! Let a homeless person pitch a tent or live in their car on College Avenue, Piedmont Avenue, or Lasalle Avenue. OPD would be on their butt REAL QUICK!!! Hypocrites.

This whole problem gets me worked up, as you can see. I'll get off my soapbox now.

Posted by Melissa Kittell on 08/13/2016 at 6:14 PM

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