UPDATE: 3/21/2009 6:10 p.m. PST
ALL FOUR OAKLAND COPS 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
3/21/2009 (links and videos updated January 6, 2020)
OAKLAND — This story is shocking in a couple different ways. But 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. Once we find out more details, we’ll focus on the involved cops’ criminal histories and/or past reprimands by the Oakland Police Department.
Oscar Grant was murdered by Bay Area Transit cop Johannes Mehserle on New Year’s Eve. The story was widely-disseminated and is now an even more sensitive subject for Euro-American media. Grant’s death may have been the final straw for Nubian (“black”) American men. They are frequently harassed, Tasered, incarcerated and murdered with impunity by rogue police all over the country.
I, for one, do not trust cops. Your life is at risk, especially as a black man, every time you encounter a cop regardless of reason. Oakland Police have a LONG history of terrorizing black neighborhoods. Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party of Self-Defense in Oakland in the 1960s as a result.
Details of this story are sketchy. Several reports say one of the officers has died. The other three are in critical condition at Highland General Hospital in Oakland. One of the men who shot the cops has also been killed, according to other reports.