Posts tagged riots
Oscar Grant misbehaved on a subway train in Oakland and was dragged off by BART cops. During the arrest a cop pulled his gun and shot the kid in the back, but at trial, claimed it was supposed to be a TASER in his hand, and not his service revolver. Grant died at the scene. The cop, Johannes Mehserle, was convicted of manslaughter and will do two years in the poke. But…
Crowds are massing at this moment protesting the light sentence, and everyone is expecting the black citizens of Oakland to follow the traditions of the Watts and Rodney King riots and commence to burning. Will they break tradition? Or do the expected thing?
The video showing the shooting is embedded below. And it looks awful. The cop was inept and shouldn’t have been on the payroll of the subway system, who, apparently don’t do a very good job training their security force. But no one would murder anyone in cold blood with so many witnesses watching, would they?
Rodney King is back in the news again. And there were cops. And liquor. And Rodney trying to poorly navigate a vehicle (a bicycle!) through the city streets. Somehow he manages to escape death’s clutches once again.
Another swing and a miss by the Grim Reaper.
From the AP here:
Rodney King, whose videotaped police beating in 1991 led to deadly rioting when the officers involved were acquitted, was shot on a street corner, but his wounds were not life-threatening.
King, 42, was shot two or three times from a distance by birdshot fired from a shotgun. He then bicycled about 1 1/2 miles back to his home in neighboring Rialto and called police. King was hit in the face, arms, back and torso, police said.
Authorities said when they arrived at the home, King and others appeared drunk and were largely uncooperative in providing information about the shooting.
The shooting may have involved a domestic dispute, San Bernardino police Lieutenant Scott Paterson said.
Hearing the news, Damian “Football” Williams smashed a brick into the face of a girl scout.