UPDATE: 3/21/2009 6:10 p.m. PST
ALL FOUR OFFICERS HAVE DIED. according to KPIX CBS 5 in the Bay Area. The Oakland Police Department is expected to hold a press conference in about an hour.
by Brian A. Wilkins
Though this story is shocking, I’ll approach it with the same “oh well” attitude Euro-American media do when it comes to American victims gunned down by rogue police; or once we find out more details, focus on the involved cops’ criminal histories and/or past reprimands by the Oakland Police Dept.
The story of Oscar Grant, and him being murdered by Bay Area (Oakland & San Francisco) Transit cop Johannes Mehserle on New Year’s Eve, is well-known and will be a very touchy subject for decades because Mehserle will not get the death penalty. Grant’s death may have been the final straw for Nubian (“black”) American men, who are frequently harassed, Tasered, murdered, or incarcerated by rogue police all over the country. I, for one, do not trust cops overall, and you take a risk, especially as a “black” man every time you encounter one, regardless of the reason. Oakland Police have a LONG history of terrorizing “black” neighborhoods, which is why Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the “Black Panther Party of Self-Defense” in Oakland in the 1960s.
Details of this story are sketchy, though several reports say one of the officers has died, while the other three are in critical condition at Highland General Hospital in Oakland. One of the men who shot the officers has also been killed, according to other reports.
RELATED ARTICLE: Death Penalty Immediately For Johannes Mehserle (updated 3/3/2009)