B. Traven 
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Re: “Is Oakland Now a Safer Place to Break the Law?

I agree with CHPine, too. Just this morning I read about an elderly Asian woman who may have suffered a broken shoulder when two men with a gun tried to grab her purse in the Laurel District.

You'd think Ms. Quan would empathize, but you'd be wrong.

Posted by B. Traven on 12/23/2010 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Cops Kill Rape Suspect

The police may or may not have known if this wanted parolee had dropped a weapon. Even if they had seen him drop one gun that does not mean that he might not have another or that he was not armed with another kind of lethal weapon. I would not expect OPD to risk their lives on an assumption after losing four officers in one day to a wanted parolee.

The media reported that this offender carried a cane "for style." It's also a lethal weapon. If he was suffering from a "basketball injury" (as his friend has written below) it certainly did not seem to impede him in his flight from OPD officers on the day of his death. Had he thrown the gun down and put his hands up instead of pointing it at police officers and evading arrest he would be alive to tell us why he carried that cane.

I, too, live in Oakland, and I have heard every excuse in the book made for people who point guns at the police. If someone had to die that day I am only grateful that we did not have to bury any more of our police officers.

Posted by Berwick Traven on 07/21/2009 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Oakland Cops Kill Rape Suspect

I would have thought that anyone would be disturbed by a felon on parole carrying an illegal and concealed weapon and firing on police officers in broad daylight. Then I realized this article was written by Robert Gammon who is never bothered by the violence and chaos that Oakland's criminal population unleashes on the law-abiding.

If violent criminal activity really doesn't bother you, Mr. Gammon, would you like to buy my home in East Oakland? It's worth very little these days thanks in part to Oakland's crime rate.

Posted by Berwick Traven on 07/17/2009 at 9:44 AM

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