No Riot Please!

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In a nutshell, a guy started a fight on a train, got detained along with some other fellas. Some heated exchange of words between him and the officers, officers attempted to subdue him, one officer thought the guy was going for a gun in his pocket while nailing him to the ground, officer wanted to tase the guy but pulled out a gun and shot him. The guy died. This was months ago. There was a trial and today's verdict was involuntary manslaughter. Just the verdict. I think sentencing will be announced tomorrow, if not, then probably next week. Fearing that the verdict may invoke a riot, the judge gave a 2 hour window to let people prepare before the verdict was announced. Businesses closed and workers hurriedly left work. Downtown Oakland looks deserted. As anticipated, there's a big protest in Oakland - the city where the guy lived. As of now, there's looting and vandalism going on. Now normally, this wouldn't draw much attention. It's gotten as far as it got because the dead guy is black and the officer is white. This drama is labeled 'racism' and 'police brutality'. 


I pray there won't be any riot in San Francisco. Protest as you will, but peacefully! No need to cause chaos and harm. There are opportunists and troublemakers out there who look for the chance to break into stores and steal. I feel sorry for businesses who are damaged and vandalized especially the small mama and papa stores. They're going to have to pay for the damages to their businesses. I hope they have insurance!


My two cents on this is the officer will live with guilt that he killed someone. That's the torment he's going to deal with for the rest of his life. Based on what I read from the information presented during trial, I see a new officer handling his first unruly citizens scene. Inexperienced and nervous, he pulled out a gun instead of the taser. For the mom of the dead passenger, there's nothing more heartbreaking than to bury your own child. No parent ever wants to bury their child. I feel her pain and heartbreak. She seeks justice for her son and wishes for the guilty of murder verdict. There are others who share the same sentiment. I think before we wish that onto anyone, we should ask ourselves what if we're in the officer's shoes right now? What if we're the parents of a person's who's on trial for murder? I'm sure no one out there wants to be in this predicament. I just hope the violence stops and there'd be no riots tomorrow or in the coming days.

30 comments:

Mei Teng said...

Saw this in the news just awhile ago. I hope the situation remains all right and that people don't cause trouble over the news.

Lazy Pineapple said...

ohhh...awful..
Have read about such a situation in books...
I hope all remains peaceful...violence never solved anything..

Ash said...

that's awful and what's done is done. violent protest in the city isn't going to bring back the dead guy. race is always a sensitive issue but no need to go to this extent. hope everything will be settled sooner than later.

similar incident happened in hk last year. a homeless mental man charged towards a cop with a chair and the cop shot him right in the head. so many questions were raised - why did he have to shoot in the head? why couldn't he shoot on the leg or the arm? why didn't he call for back-up instead of warning him to put down the chair before shooting him? why didn't he figure out that the homeless man was crazy? etc. etc. the "race" card has been held up again as the homeless man was nepalese and the nepalese community in hk organised a peace rally on a sunday to get their voices heard. the case is still ongoing.

~ash's mum

Mr. Stupid said...

I just hope it doesn't turn into violence. I wonder how the small businesses will take the blow if chaos breaks out.

Gratitude said...

Sometimes, the motive behind the outbreak of violence could be due to other motives . Looting is surely one of them.

Hopefully, justice will previal and peace triumphs over violence.
+Ant+

MaryMoh said...

That's so sad. It happened here in UK a few years ago.

foongpc said...

This is tragic! I feel for both sides. But there are always people who will take this opportunity to create trouble for their own benefit. In the end, everyone suffers!

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Rosebelle, its always sad when there's a loss of life, be what it is or was.
I am wondering, with several officers restraining him, why the need to shoot?
I guess maybe a rookie? And being shot at close range too.

Hope things don't go overboard....and you're right, there's always those elements waiting for such opportunities to create some havoc under pretext of protesting.
You take care, maybe stay home....Lee.
ps, drop by if free.

Julie from Momspective said...

There is nothing worse than when violence creates more violence. Hopefully people will just accept it for what it is and do the best they can to move on.

CVmom said...

It was an exodus out of Oakland when the news came that a verdict had been reached. People fled the city to avoid the turmoil. The family of the victim asked for nonviolence but there are people out there who just want to cause trouble and of course, get freebies from looting.

AVCr8teur said...

A momentary tragic mistake ruins 2 families and multiple businesses. Unfortunately, I don't think it will end here.

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Oh wow, sad to read about this, hope that justice is served fairly and peace will remain. Of course, as parents no one wants anything to happen to their children. Sigh...

Btw, thanks for your comment in encouragement in my post (http://www.imafulltimemummy.com/post/2010/07/09/After-Two-Years.aspx)

Gina F said...

Oh Wow! Hope everything turns out for the best.

Gina
motherof1princessand2princes.blogspot.com

Maria @ LSS said...

That is so sad. I hope everyone will remain calm.

Thank you so much for dropping by.

Liz said...

Sorry to hear about this. I hope it turns out fine and the people will remain calm.

Have a great weekend sweetie!

Icy BC said...

I feel for both side! There is nothing anyone can do now that the situation can't be reverse..Hopefully, people can just calmly protest before others get hurt!

Gina; The Candid RD said...

Perhaps I need to start reading/watching the news again. I had no idea this was going on. What an awful, awful story. I think the officer deserves jail, I don't care what his excuse is. PAthetic. Officers get away with anything.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I think the lesson in these stories is to not run from police and to be subdued when they want to subdue you. Not that it's the victims fault, but give the police some respect.

liz said...

Such a sad story. I can't imagine living near something like that. I hope things stay calm.

Veronica Lee said...

How tragic! So sad to hear this. I pray that all will end well.

Take care, Rosebelle.

Alicia said...

It's just devastating all around, isn't it?

Biren said...

That's really tragic! It's sometimes hard to make a judgement call when in a stressful situation.

Wendy said...

Thanks for the update! I heard about this on NPR the other day. THe family of the victim was pleading to the people to protest but protest peacefully.

Yeah, it's definitely a really horrible predicament. If what you're saying is true, then the reality is, accidents happen. However, in the victims position, if I lost a child and the excuse was accidents happen, that would probably not be good enough.

I bet this is all people are talkinga bout down there. I hope the ending brings peace to all parties and DEFINITELY no riots!

Wendy said...

Oh, and on NPR, one woman intereviewed (just some Oakland resident) was saying that literally EVERYONE in Oakland has been a target of police brutality. I guess that's probably an exaggeration, but to someone on the east coast, is it true that it's that bad over there?

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi RoseBelle!

I'm back again! Thanks for the compliments on my recent post! :) You know my hubby actually joked 'If you don't want your period back, then you can always get pregnant again.. ' *_*

Cheryl said...

What a tragic situation all around.

Dora said...

yes there's always overlapping in this kind of situation I mean both protesting their own's rights. Anyway, hope it'll peaceful :-)

Ebie said...

This was a very sad incident. I can compare this to the Rodney King riot. We cannot allow this type of incidents to happen.

myorii said...

Such an unfortunate accident and terribly sad incident. I don't know the whole story so I can't say who I feel is at fault but it still ended in tragedy for both the officer and the dead passenger.

slavemom said...

Wat a tragedy. And this sounded like something coming out of a movie. But it's actually be a reality. Hope the situation's under ctrl over there.