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Re: “Be Cool

As a 25 year resident of Oakland, I have to say that the East Bay Express is increasingly irrelevant. It used to be a must read for me, but the cover of this issue is a real example of why it is out of touch with most Oakland residents now. "Mehserle lost his cool. Let's not repeat his mistake." If it wanted to be reasoned and relevent, the headline should have read: "Oscar Grant and Mehserle lost their cool. Let's not repeat their mistake."
Mehserle obviously really f'ed up, and Grant didn't deserve being killed. But let's remember that Oscar Grant was actively stirring up sh*t, being violent and resisting arrest for most of the evening. He was an adult and there are consequences for acting like a maniac and putting himself, officers, and bystanders in danger. I'm sick of seeing his face on posters.
It's ironic to see others in the comfort of their own homes pick apart officers who were trying to contain violence on our PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM while surrounded by a violent mob and outnumbered 100 to 1. Want to go try that? For 60 K a year in revolving shifts? Didn't think so.
Real longtime Oakland residents are sick of it all, from the high taxes to the unpaved streets to the sh*tty schools to the crony politics to the welfare state to the budget problems but ESPECIALLY THE CRIME. Oscar Grant was CAUSING the violence. Find another martyr - want to put posters up? Start with Christopher Rodriguez, the 10 year old boy who was paralyzed while practicing his piano lesson by a stray bullet shot by a looser like Oscar Grant.

Posted by beldegar on 07/09/2010 at 12:04 AM

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