Theo Aytchan Williams 
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Re: “Oakland to Take Down Lake Merritt Signs Prohibiting Musical Instruments, Activists Plan Protests

Hello fellow Oaklanders - this is Theo of SambaFunk!. The activities that happened on that blood moon sunday have galvanized a community - kinda awoken a sleeping giant. This one event represents a crystallization of what so many have felt since all these new people have been attracted to our fine city.

As it was stated, drumming is permitted - its a lawful activity, so there's no additional "legislation" needed, just follow the park or public space rules.

I've read a lot of good points on this thread but i'd like to bring it back to two primary points.... Police Response and Conflict resolution.

What the "Sunday Drumming" incident exposed was the lack of proper conflict resolution skills by Sean McDonalds. Only he can answer this question, but what would make you feel that you have the right to put your hands on anyone or take their property just because you disagreed with what you were doing? That's very childish and immature. I have my own assumptions of why he would feel comfortable trying to physically impose his false authority. That's how you instigate a fight. He was looking for trouble and its all types of wrong.

Secondly, this incident showed the in effective and biased policing of OPD. Its been repeatedly stated that i feel i was treated unfairly by OPD - and YES, Sean McDonald was allow the courtesy of his privilege by not having to stay until the whole ordeal was completed - like the rest of the 15 or so people of color did. There were so many blunders by the cops - which will all come out later - but they allowed him to make accusations and leave the scene with out having him sign his citation or citing him for the assault charge that i had filed.

If the situation was reversed, i doubt the Black person would have walked away freely and the white person held to be questioned. .... maybe you think so, and maybe you think race didnt play a factor but if you think about it the history of policing in communities of color nationally and locally in Oakland will not support that.

We have to do better Oakland. We need better conflict resolutions and color blind policing. Don't take the law into your own hands, call the cops and hopefully they won't racially profile you.

For the record: i was NOT cited for any infraction.

Posted by Theo Aytchan Williams on 10/09/2015 at 5:46 PM

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