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Town Hall Covers Mehserle Case and Recall of Orloff, Oakland, 3/21/09: photos and audio
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In this week's Town Hall for Justice, speakers included Tony Coleman of CAPE and; Krystof of No Justice No BART; Yvette Felarca & Shanta Driver of BAMN, who covered in detail many of issues involved in the upcoming Johannes Mehserle trial; Reverend Zachary Carey, who presented the petition to begin the recall of Alameda DA Tom Orloff; and Diana Davis-Marks, godmother of Oscar Grant. Unrelated to the Town Hall, five Oakland police officers were shot by a single gunman in the area of 74th Avenue in East Oakland starting at 1pm on Saturday, shortly before the Town Hall began. Three of those officers who were shot have already died, as well as the gunman who was killed by an Oakland SWAT team. This incident, and what it means for Oakland and tensions between citizens and the OPD, came up a couple of times during the Town Hall. Pastor Deon, speaking first, leads attendees in prayer.

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