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This Is What a Police State Looks Like, Oakland City Hall, 1/31/09: photos
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.
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.
similar to the one from yesterday: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/31/18567351.php#18567359
They think it's cute to shine their lights at you when you try to photograph them.
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
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.
view it here: