Quote of the Day

As I write this there are no less than 6 helicopters circling
overhead in downtown Oakland. On the first day of the 10th year since
Amadou Diallo was brutally gunned down by police in New York City,
Oscar Grant was fatally shot in the back by a BART police officer, and
the event was caught on video.

As I write this, rumors are flying and media is fanning the riot
flames – car and trash fires, police in riot gear and tanks, restaurant
windows being smashed, tear gas and rubber bullets being used. We won’t
know the full picture till the night is over and the smoke clears, but
the story of the successful nonviolent protest earlier this evening has
been overshadowed by this angry chaos.

What is absolutely clear is that folks are furious about the murder
of Oscar Grant, furious that a week has passed with no statement or
acknowledgment of what happened. What is clear is that we currently
don’t have community accountability over our police here in Oakland. In
this bubble of progress we are hampered by the same brutal power
dynamics that plague the rest of the nation. Racially driven policing
that allows the use of lethal weapons in the pursuit of justice is a
failed model.”

–Adrienne Marie Brown, Ruckus Society, writing at Racewire about Oscar Grant’s death at the hands of a BART officer  in Oakland and next steps for healing and accountability.