I’m two miles from where the Oakland protests have been happening and watching the action on twitter (via search) and friendfeed updates. Checked into KRON, but the taped footage seemed to fall short of feeling real time–while the footage the police tried to confiscate–but weren’t able to–seems frighteningly real.
YouTube has the purported footage of the police handcuffing and then shooting Oscar Grant in a BART station and the Oakland blogs are filled with news. Photog Thomas Hawk is out shooting in Oakland, with pictures to come on flickr.
For me, this horrific tragedy and the coverage of the protest underscore several things:
- There is no real media outlet for Oakland–and we need one
- Neighborhoods in Oakland lack blog voices–the voices tonight are on twitter
- Citizen Journalism has blossomed into something far beyond what it started as–these videos and photos speak truth to power
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Oscar Grant, thank you to everyone documenting what is going on.