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Justice for Derrick Jones supporters take over Oakland City Council Meeting
by Jason Meggs
Wednesday Dec 8th, 2010 12:15 PM
During the December 7, 2010 Oakland City Council meeting, outraged and grieving family members, friends and members of the public demanded to be allowed to speak during "Open Forum" at the beginning of the meeting. When the council refused, supporters chanted to the front and Derrick's father spoke along with several others. Later many more spoke. The council's response was to offer to agendize the topic for a future meeting.
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During the December 7, 2010 Oakland City Council meeting, outraged and grieving family members, friends and members of the public demanded to be allowed to speak during "Open Forum" at the beginning of the meeting.

When the council refused, supporters chanted to the front and Derrick's father spoke along with several others. Later many more spoke. The council's response was to offer to agendize the topic for a future meeting.

Reportedly Derrick was shot eight times in the back by Oakland Police Department officers on Monday, Nov. 8. He was unarmed. Supporters emphasize he was a small business owner popular in the community.

This reporter did not find the video of last night's meeting in any web archive.
§Derrick's father addresses the Oakland City Council
by Jason Meggs Wednesday Dec 8th, 2010 12:15 PM
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Derrick's father addresses the Oakland City Council
§Supporters agitate for the right to speak.
by Jason Meggs Wednesday Dec 8th, 2010 12:15 PM
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Supporters agitate for the right to speak.

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by Jason
Wednesday Dec 8th, 2010 3:34 PM
The most surreal thing happened after this tense and passionate take-over: the Council's program continued with the Employees' Choir, who took the stage and sang us songs of hope, joy, love, peace, and holiday cheer with costumes to match.

We were asked to jangle our keys along to one song, which many did happily. The contrast between what had just happened and what was now happening was palpably profound. Jaw dropper.
by kropotkin
Friday Dec 10th, 2010 1:02 PM
When is the next city council meeting that the issue of Derrick Jones will be discussed? It would be nice to rally a lot of support for the hearing.