A Community Response
After a breathless media frenzy, the so-called riots in Oakland that were supposed to happen after the Mehserle verdict yesterday resulted in press people outnumbering rioters more than 2:1. There was more vandalism and mayhem in Los Angeles after the Lakers won the world championship and UCLA won the NCAA basketcall championship than after this verdict. Next year, if the Lakers are in the finals, I hope that LA will be just as prepared as Oakland for the “riots” that are sure to happen. I for one, will not forget the shots of mobs of drunken UCLA students smashing cars, shop windows and setting fires. A big thumbs down to the press. A big thumbs up to the City of Oakland’s leadership, the clergy and citizens of the city who grieved in peace and to the many community based organizations who went all out to ensure that the protests stayed peaceful and purposeful.
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