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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Oakland Riot Aftermath of Congratulations

Heather MacDonald for the Weekly Standard nails last week’s Oakland Riots over the Mehserle Verdict perfectly in this article. Our city officials in Oakland have been patting themselves on the back for the way rioters only damaged a hundred businesses, set fires in the streets, and assaulted police officers declaring ‘it could have been worse’. Yeah, I guess they could have blown up the city. The fact remains Oakland’s officials from Mayor Ron Dellums down the line handcuffed the police and actually aggravated the situation by never pointing out the shooting was done by an under trained Bay Area Transit Officer not an Oakland Police Officer. They never mentioned the city didn’t burn when a murderous thug gunned down four of Oakland’s police force in cold blood. Don’t think for a moment hesitation on the part of those martyred officers didn’t have something to do with their deaths. Our police force must hit the streets knowing if they have to shoot in self defense they will still possibly be brought up on murder charges and the Mayor and city council will abandon them like a used Kleenex. Thank you, Ms. MacDonald for shining some light on our ridiculous city officials here in Oakland who joined the demonstrations rather than proclaiming why the demonstrations were illogical and misguided.


Charles Gramlich said...

The police's hands are too often tied by the wrong things.

BernardL said...

Yeah, and Oakland just laid off eighty police officers this week, Charles. The news article lists all the crimes that will not be answered now. I'm going to do that one tomorrow.

whydibuy said...

It seems to be a symptom of the power of the underclass in some parts of the country.

And its those same underclass ( I'm being polite. Lowlifes, criminals and thugs ) that vote in such politicians.
These politicians understand their power base and coddle it regardless if it means the city goes totally ghetto.

The problem with underclass power is it drives out all private capital. And private capital dwarfs anything the gov can spend. If people won't invest in a business there, buy housing there or build new structures, the area is doomed. The gov can do very little comparatively.

Its that way for Detroit and I've heard that So. Central L.A. after the king riots has never recovered from the exodus of private capital willing to invest.

But politicians want votes and if it means the destruction of an city, so be it.

BernardL said...

I agree, whydibuy. Once the politicians sell out private enterprise, making the area so crime ridden no business will stay there and they tax the rest out of existence, the area is left with a Detroitistan clone.