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friends and supporters of David come to court to show opposition to his persecution
by M.
Monday Apr 13th, 2009 6:42 PM
On Friday April the 10, friends and supporters of David came to the Alameda County Juvenile Court in Oakland. David has been arrested on January 7 in the demonstrations that followed the Oscar Grant murder. He is the only minor to face felony charges. According to David, he is targeted by the state for being a person of color, a communist (David is part of the Revolution Club), a community organizer, and from east Oakland. The trial was pushed to another date in June.

From the moment we entered the building we were being filmed by (I assume) undercover cops. Later, the Oakland police stopped by and took photograph of us. I did not manage to take a picture of that.
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§press talk
by M. Monday Apr 13th, 2009 6:42 PM

David and his lawyer gave interviews to the corp. media. On the right is David’s lawyer Mark R. Vermeulen from the NLG, second to the right is David, David’s mother, and a relative. I don’t remember what was said (there are probably some links to these interviews somewhere) but one thing resonated with me. Mark was making the point that David was arrested and jailed while Mehserle, the cop who killed Oscar, was still free.

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by irlandeso
Thursday Apr 16th, 2009 10:08 PM
10 years ago Mark was part of a team that got charges dropped against my friends and I during the Ethnic Studies protests at UC Berkeley. So its good to see that he is involved in this case and I am hoping that Walter Riley is involved in helping to defend JR. The legal system sucks, but its lawyers like Mark, Walter Riley, et al...combined with demonstrations like the one on January 7th...that get things done. Justice will only be truly served when killer cops are sent to jail and treated the same way as anyone else that decides that murder is the answer...I don't usually support the death penalty, but I lean heavily towards an eye for an eye when the government is somehow in the mix. Like police continuing to murder folks, while the whole system just stands idly by and then tries to shut people down for speaking up and doing something about it.