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Oakland Police Killed: "Change" Has Come
by junya
Sunday Mar 29th, 2009 7:13 AM
Anyone who did not yet realize that there is a full-fledged war waging in US city streets needed to look no further than the front page of every major Bay Area daily on Saturday: flag-draped coffins, military salutes, talk of "fallen heroes", speeches from top officials - and a letter from the President. But all this also signaled that CHANGE has come to that war...
Anyone who did not yet realize that there is a full-fledged war waging in US city streets needed to look no further than the front page of every major Bay Area daily on Saturday: flag-draped coffins, military salutes, talk of "fallen heroes", speeches from top officials - and a letter from the President.

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Sgt. Mark Dunakin, Officer John Hege, Sgt. Ervin Romans, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai. Michelle and I hold their families and your community in our thoughts and prayers.

Our Nation is grateful for the men and women of law enforcement who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of our citizens and our neighborhoods. They risk their lives each day on our behalf and ask little in return. And although the danger of their work is well known, words still fail to explain the senseless violence that claims so many of them.

Sgt. Dunakin, Officer Hege, Sgt. Romans and Sgt. Sakai were taken from us far too soon, and their loss reminds us that the work to which they dedicated their lives remains undone.

As we honor their memories, I hope each of you will take comfort in knowing that their commitment to their fellow man will never be forgotten. We will always carry them in our hearts, and their legacy of service will inspire us as we work together toward a better Oakland, a better world.

Michelle and I offer our heartfelt sympathy. May their sacrifices be rewarded with eternal peace."

Perhaps not one of the thousands of US soldiers killed in Iraq/Afghanistan received such honors. But this was a Change.

As with most wars, the war on US city streets has diverse warring factions, yet the major casualties are not among combatants but the "collateral damage": folks who merely want to avoid the war and eke out a life. Their loved ones are left grieving, with no flag-draped coffins, talk of "fallen heroes", or condolences from the President. If the casualties are caused by police, then the grief is compounded by suffering through a character assassination of the victim.

But this was a Change: this time, all but one of the five casualties were police. And Obama responded with Change:

- When Israel used US funds and equipment to massacre over 1300 Palestinians, plus massive injury and destruction of Gaza: Obama silent.
NO CHANGE

- When the world witnessed unarmed Oscar Grant executed by BART police (who then attempted to cover up by stealing cameras), and then were amazed at official inaction for two weeks (until fear of LA 1992 set in): Obama silent.
NO CHANGE

- When US "security" agents end up on the receiving end of their firepower: Obama saddened, praying, and writing.
CHANGE!!!

After experiencing the unthinkable - a humiliating loss despite massive firepower, CHANGE has even come to SWAT:

"Following last Saturday's ill-fated SWAT entry in Oakland where two police officers were killed, the San Jose police remain patient about entering a house where there are reportedly, 'quite a few guns' inside."
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_12019295

This battle will likely heat up the war, bringing more harassment, torture, executions, and "collateral damage" - and maybe more dead police. If their historical record is an accurate predictor, you can bet that Oakland police will learn virtually nothing from this incident.

NO CHANGE

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by anonymous
Sunday Mar 29th, 2009 9:35 AM
they are not fallen heroes. They are perpetrators of an ever-more violent status quo. The more dead cops, the happier I am. This is war
by a
Sunday Mar 29th, 2009 10:52 AM
There's a war going on in the streets. Fuck the Police. I personally don't want to see them die, just eliminated from their "job." They are the foot soldiers for the prison-industrial complex, forcing racist, illogical drug laws (cannabis is still illegal....along with the right to marry for some people.... WTF) on to the public.
by junya
Monday Mar 30th, 2009 12:34 AM
- U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer Honors Fallen Oakland Police Officers
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/28/18584333.php

- Barbara Lee, Renegade from Peace and Justice, Honors Oakland's "Fallen Heroes"
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/29/18584361.php
by .
Monday Mar 30th, 2009 1:19 PM
the cannabis thing is ridiculous. alcohol kills and wastes taxes
by MOKI ALI
Wednesday Apr 1st, 2009 3:13 PM
THIS, RACIST POLICE DESERVE THE BULLETS THEY GOT, UNTIL THE POLICE START RESPECTING BLACK PEOPLE, MORE WILL COME, THE, POLICE ARE WHORES FOR THE POWER ELITE, THE POWER ELITE USE THE POLICE LIKE WE USE TOILET PAPER, THESE, POWER HUNGARY POLICE LOVE TO MURDER ANYONE BLACK, THEY ARE NOT SERVANTS FOR THE PEOPLE, BUT MAD DOGS LET LOOSE IN OUR HOMES AND COMMUNITY, 2 MURDER PEOPLE OF COLOR BLACKS NEED TO POLICE THEIR OWN HOODS, THEY DON,T NEED THESE RACIST NAZIS, IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, THESE DEVILS HAVE BEEN KILLING BLACKS, EVER SINCE THEY STOLE AND KIDNAPPED BLACKS FROM AFRICA AND PUT IN SLAVERY, THE, WHITE MAN IS A BI-POLAR, XENOPHOBIC COWARD AND SUFFERS FROM WHITE SUPREMACY, THEY ARE THE VERY SLIME AN SCUM OF THE EARTH, THESE, SELF RIGHTEOUS KKK, NAZI KLAN MEMBERS ARE INFERIOR IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE, FROM THEIR WORSHIP OF THEIR WHITE GOD, SATAN TO THEIR ACTIONS OF BRINGING DRUGS N2 THE BLACK COMMUNITY , THIS HOUSE NIGGA OBAMA, CAME FROM A DEVIL, HIS MOTHER WAS A WHITE WOMAN KNOWN AS MS ANN!! THIS, NEGRO, IS ALSO A BI-SEXUAL CRACK SMOKA, HIS CHANGE IS NOTHING MORE THAN RHETORIC, HE WILL DO AS HE IS TOLD, JUST ANOTHER SLAVE TALKING ORDERS FROM WHITE SUPREMACY, WHAT A BOOT LICKING LACKEY FOR THE POWER ELITE, IF OBAMA TRIED TO FREE BLACKS, HE WOULD HAVE A ACCIDENT LIKE JFK, HE,S A LIAR, A COWARD AND A TRAITOR,