Last year, an Oakland transit police officer, Johannes Mehserle, killed Oscar Grant, in a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station. Grant was being, to put it mildly, obstreperous. Mehserle’s defense is that he meant to taser Grant but, instead, shot him. Video footage made at the time indicates that Mehserle did indeed make a terrible mistake, and never intended to shoot Grant. For that reason, trial watchers assume that the jury, if honest, will acquit Mehserle.
Oakland’s Communists and, therefore, Oakland’s merchants are making the same supposition. To that end, the Communists are working hard to foment riots and the merchants, aware of that fact, are working hard to protect themselves in advance.
Zombie has a photo-rich post documenting precisely what is going on in Oakland: both the Communist efforts to ensure a riot, and the merchants’ hard work, both physical and psychological, to protect their property and their employees.
I have to admit to being a bit nervous about the whole thing. I’m fairly far away from Oakland, but quite near Richmond, which nestles immediately on the east side of the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. Marin, of course, is on the west side of that same span. Richmond is a pure Democratic city, with a desperately high crime rate. A significant part of Marin’s crime, especially shop lifting and car theft, originates in Richmond.
If Richmond explodes along with Oakland, who knows what will travel across the bridge? I’m hoping that our Marin police are paying attention and not just assuming “it can’t happen here.”
And a little bleg:
UPDATE: Mehserle convicted of involuntary manslaughter.