Anarchist scare follows Oakland riots

From the Los Angeles Times, July 11:

OAKLAND, Calif. — As business owners boarded up broken windows and scrubbed graffiti here Friday, Oakland officials assessed the damage wrought by protesters after the verdict in a high-profile police shooting case and blamed outside agitators for the worst of it.

Thursday night’s demonstrations in downtown Oakland were the first big test of the city’s new police chief. They began peacefully enough in the hours after former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Johannes Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 1, 2009, shooting death of Oscar Grant 3rd.

But after a nearly three-hour speak-out in front of City Hall ended, some protestors began throwing bottles and rocks at officers in riot gear who had circled the downtown in order to contain the protest. As the evening went on, stores were looted, fires were set and the windshield of a California Highway Patrol cruiser was smashed.

In all, 78 men and women were arrested, Chief Anthony Batts said during a Friday morning news conference, three-quarters of whom were from outside Oakland. Batts described many of them as “anarchists,” and vowed that authorities “will be moving forward to identify them and make further arrests.”

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  1. Oakland police shoot cousin of Oscar Grant
    Way to make friends and influence people, OPD. From Reuters, Feb. 22:

    A man shot and wounded by an Oakland police officer last weekend was a cousin of Oscar Grant, whose shooting death by a Bay Area transit officer sparked violent demonstrations in 2010, his attorney said on Wednesday.

    The officer shot Tony Jones, 24, in the back as he fled from a police car at about 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, according to Jones’ attorney, Waukeen McCoy.

    “He made a mistake running, but that didn’t give them the right to shoot him in the back,” McCoy said. Jones is the son of Oscar Grant’s aunt, he added.

    Johannes Mehserle was sentenced in November 2010 to two years for the death of Oscar Grant —much less than he would have incurred had the judge applied California’s “gun enhancement” law that normally mandates heavy sentences when firearms are used in a crime. (CSM, Nov. 5) Three months earlier, BART police killed another man at the same Fruitvale station where Grant had been killed. You’d think the cops in politically correct Oakland were intentionally cruising for an Intifada…