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What the cops are planning
by slim
Thursday Jun 24th, 2010 11:19 AM
What the cops in the East Bay are planning for when the verdict comes in.

As a worker in Alameda County Emergency Medical Services I have been briefed about what the Oakland Police Department, Alameda County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, BART Police, and other municipal law enforcement departments are anticipating for when the verdict is announced in the Mehserle murder trial.

The verdict is expected to be announced within two hours of the jury's decision. Any verdict less than Premeditated Murder is anticipated to provoke “civil disturbance” in Oakland, Hayward, and Los Angeles. BART will shut down the Fruitvale Station and probably the downtown Oakland stations.

OPD has stated that they will not use Tasers or rubber rubber bullets for crowd control (this doesn't mean that other cops won't use them); only tear gas, pepper spray and batons will be deployed. Extra personnel will be on duty, with mobile Strike Forces for riot suppression and mobile command centers, most likely operating from close to the 7th/Maritime, 14th/Broadway, and the Fruitvale areas. All personnel will be issued with gas masks and soft body armor.

Law enforcement anticipate disturbances to last for up to a week after a verdict is announced, and a further round when sentencing is announced.

Ambulance crews have been specifically instructed not to ignore civilian injured. Please remember that ambulance crews are not involved in law enforcement or crowd control, so don't attack us even though our uniforms are the same color as OPD. Thanks, and you didn't hear any of this from me.



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by in the streets
Thursday Jun 24th, 2010 1:19 PM
Thank you.
by notsoandso
Thursday Jun 24th, 2010 1:21 PM
There are no charges of Premeditated Murder so you are saying there will be a riot no matter what the verdict. After all comrade this is part of a revolution.
You can't treat people like animals and then oppress people when they make their voices heard. L ow unemployment. Police repression. Failing state. Failing economy. Exploitation. Mistreatment from upper management. Banks taking away people homes. You got to admit people are already angry about just about everything and to hear that a police force is preparing for war against the Americans come out in the open probably makes things even worse than better.

This state is going up in hail of flames with or with the Mehserly verdict!

Have you read the papers lately?

by slim
Thursday Jun 24th, 2010 2:06 PM
Yeah, I know they're not charging him with premeditated murder; I was just reporting what the cops are planning and saying...
See you in the streets!
by --
Thursday Jun 24th, 2010 3:39 PM
Hmm. When the first riot broke out, there had been multiple peaceful demos, and then this demo had been calm for an hour or two until it crystalized at an intersection near lake Merritt where some people started a dumpster on fire and then things someone spiraled, and people at the scene called their friends. It won't necessarily be the same story. Organization is very hard to understand. We've all probably been to equivalently organized or staged demonstrations that ended up with different turnouts and took a different trajectory.
Thursday Jun 24th, 2010 3:40 PM
As far as I know, in jury trials there is the option of the verdict being changed from what official "charge" is, i.e. manslaughter to premeditated murder. I believe the judge has to agree to this as well or there are other ways of deciding this. but the Jury can decide on other things and at the very least make other recommendations and the judge can assist in this process too.

so its not actually a "civil disturbance no matter what" kind of situation. Even the court structure has loop holes for actual justice (who knew?)
by somebody
Thursday Jun 24th, 2010 5:47 PM
I talked with somebody who was at the notorious Dellums office/nonprofit meeting Monday. This person told me that closing arguments in the trial are expected to begin Monday coming, and that the verdict is therefore estimated to come down next Wednesday. Get ready, y'all.
by 90
Thursday Jun 24th, 2010 8:47 PM
look, Youth Radio published this letter supposedly being sent around among family of regional law enforcement. They sound really scared, and expect something along the lines of Rodney King. I don't think so. Something will happen, but there hasn't been nearly the television coverage of Oscar Grant. The activist groups had to work hard so that people even know his name.
by some kind o' reaction
Saturday Jun 26th, 2010 12:15 PM
by PeaceMaker
Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 6:48 AM
Shame on you Slim! There is no way you work within ALCO EMS and put lives at risk like you just did. No real Paramedic or EMT would ever do such thing. This is not a Revalution, this is just people that want to voice thier opion about being upset over what happened. Understandable, whats wrong with this, nothing, however when there are people that just want to create chaios and destroy the community that we live in is where we as the community needs to draw the line. Those that want to create chaios needs to be singled out. Yes this incident did happen in Oakland, but it was not the Oakland Police department who did this nor did Oscar Grant live in Oakland. All of this is being brought to Oakland because its seen as a place to easliy cause an uproar riot and in doing that the message will get lost and will be shamed by the rest of our community. Keep it peaceful, or keep it at home.