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Oakland Police Massacre Casts Ugly Glare on Ex-Felon Desperation
by Earl Ofari Hutchinson, NAM (reposted)
Tuesday Mar 24th, 2009 7:34 AM
Originally From New America Media

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 : The killing of four police officers in Oakland shows the desperation of an ex-felon. Lovelle Mixon was trying to avoid going back to jail and at the same time unable to find any employment that would give him a second chance.
Its a story repeated all over America, even if it does not always end in a killing spree as it did in Oakland, says NAM contributing editor Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His weekly radio show, The Hutchinson Report can be heard in Los Angeles on KTYM 1460 AM and nationally on

A general consensus is that it was a deadly mix of panic, rage, and frustration that caused Lovelle Mixon to snap. His shocking murderous rampage left four Oakland police officers dead and a city and police agencies searching its soul about what went so terribly wrong. Though Mixons killing spree is a horrible aberration, his plight as an
unemployed ex-felon isnt. There are tens of thousands like him on Americas streets.

In 2007, the National Institute of Justice found that 60 percent of ex-felon offenders remain unemployed a year after their release. Other studies have shown that upwards of 30 percent of felon releases live in homeless shelters because of their inability to find housing. And those are the lucky ones. Many camp out on the streets.

A significant number of them suffer from drug, alcohol and mental health challenges, and lack education or any marketable skills

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typo aboveOakland ResidentWednesday Mar 25th, 2009 8:37 AM
who is responsible?Oakland ResidentWednesday Mar 25th, 2009 8:35 AM
Convenient but False AssumptionswatcherWednesday Mar 25th, 2009 5:17 AM
sicknessreality checkTuesday Mar 24th, 2009 8:26 PM
lies0..././.Tuesday Mar 24th, 2009 6:06 PM
Lovelle Mixon was murdered, and murder is worse than "alleged" rapethe pointTuesday Mar 24th, 2009 5:46 PM
Let's just think for a momentBlackFemmeTuesday Mar 24th, 2009 4:07 PM
hope is aliveimagerTuesday Mar 24th, 2009 3:48 PM