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Video from Jan. 14th Rally for Justice for Oscar Grant in Oakland
Video of speakers at the January 14, 2009, "Rally for Justice for Oscar Grant" in downtown Oakland.
Religious figures speak on Oak Street in front of District Attorney Tom Orloff's office, demanding that Orloff, who has worked in the Alameda County DA's office since 1970 and served as DA since 1994, either "resign, retire or be recalled."
Oscar Grant Senior is the grandfather of BART police homicide victim Oscar Grant III.
Oscar Grant's high school coach spoke in memory of Oscar Grant and called for "police officers that think like people, not people that think like police officers."
Speakers in front of DA Orloff's office: a message from death row, the Chicano community, actor Mark Curry (Mr. Cooper) and youth poets.
The Brass Liberation Orchestra (BLO) pumped up the crowd on the march from the DA's office back to City Hall.
Zion I performs "Don't Lose Ya Head."
Earlier in the day, Mayor Ron Dellums addressed the rally in front of City Hall, calling for "change" to loud boos from the crowd, many of whom apparently feel the mayor is not doing enough to foment change in the City of Oakland.
Youth read five demands for justice for Oscar Grant.
Too $hort speaks at the Rally for Justice for Oscar Grant.
Businesses along 14th Street sport plywood and Oscar Grant posters.
After the rally, lines of riot police began marching on the crowd at 12th and Broadway, windows were broken at a Wells Fargo bank and tear gas was fired onto the crowd. Oakland police snatch squads then began rounding up small groups of protesters west of downtown, many of whom were minors, whether for having too-dark skin, dispersing too quickly from the scene of the police confrontation, or even simply asking officers why their younger siblings were being locked up in the paddy wagons. Some young people were so angry at police they had to be held back by friends and helpful onlookers. Officers who had violently manhandled the arrestees provided presumably fake badge numbers.