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This Is What a Police State Looks Like, Oakland City Hall, 1/31/09: photos
by dave id
Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 10:32 PM
Tonight's "Justice for Oscar Grant! Oakland City Hall Rally" was met by a small army of police determined to shut down any demonstration by those demanding accountability for police abuses.
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Cops on every corner at 14th and Broadway. The two corporate drug store chains and other businesses had their security gates drawn early tonight — perhaps after a warning from Dellum's new "immediate, real-time" communication with corporations downtown.
§Too many patrol cars and cops in the area to even count
by dave id Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 10:32 PM
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§Van with bars full of cops
by dave id Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 10:32 PM
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§Unmarked SUV
by dave id Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 10:32 PM
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similar to the one from yesterday: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/31/18567351.php#18567359
§Several black and dark green unmarked sedans were rolling around
by dave id Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 10:32 PM
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They think it's cute to shine their lights at you when you try to photograph them.
§A gang of motorcycle cops
by dave id Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 10:32 PM
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§Cops, corporate media, and the American flag at Frank Ogawa Plaza
by dave id Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 10:32 PM
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and it's little wonder why when IA has shown itself to be corrupt time and time again, currently under investigation by the FBI as the head of IA, Capt. Ed Poulson, participated in the beating death of a suspect in 2000: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/24/18565434.php and http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/27/18566002.php
§Oakland City Hall and demonstrators
by dave id Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 10:32 PM
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§Many came on bicycles
by dave id Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 10:32 PM
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§Demonstrators begin to move
by dave id Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 10:32 PM
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§And cops rush to grab their helmets and clubs
by dave id Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 10:32 PM
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§12th Street BART closed
by dave id Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 10:32 PM
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Two speakers spoke at the top of the stairs to the BART entrance. As they spoke, the security gates were closed. Several demands were declared, including the conviction of Mehserle and the arrest of BART officer Pirone, who was videotaped punching and then holding down Oscar Grant when Mehserle shot him in the back (http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/24/18565520.php). After the speakers expressed the community's demands, demonstrators dispersed to take the fight for justice to another day.

Hopefully, video taken of speakers will make it over current technical glitch and be able to be posted here soon.
§Video of speakers now on Indybay
by dave id Monday Feb 2nd, 2009 11:35 AM
view it here:

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by (a)
Saturday Jan 31st, 2009 11:18 PM
thanks for the coverage dave id! always good to see your posts.