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|Vigil and Rally for Lavelle Mixon and Family|
|Date||Wednesday March 25|
|Time||6:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
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|7911 Macarthur Blvd. (at 79th), Oakland|
Don't let the police and corporate media continue to depict Lavelle as subhuman.
If the police and white/black/brown bourgeoisie were serious about "healing the community" they would include Mixon in there pleas, not just recite the names of the police officers.
The media has been reporting all kinds of unconfirmed allegations about Lavelle--details the public is in no position to prove or disprove--relying solely on police reports. The corporate media has not corroborated police reports before disseminating them. The media needs to also report on the police officers' histories, specifically on how many officer-involved shootings they were a part of.
For example, we know already that Sergeant Pat Gonzales, the fifth police officer shot but not seriously injured by Mixon, fired and killed Gary King Jr. (age 20), Joshua Russell (age 19), and made a quadriplegic of Ameir Rollins (age 17). How many officer-involved shootings had the now deceased officers been engaged in? Importantly, all of the officers resided in Bay Area suburbs, not in Oakland. Why has this important context that would shed light on not only the Mixon situation, but the broader tensions with OPD, not been explicitly reported?