"Payback for Oscar (Grant)." Onlookers Cheer Oakland PD Deaths

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Four Oakland police officers have been slain, and the perpetrator killed, in what has been called the worst day in the history of the Oakland, California Police Department. Despite the fact that these men had families and put their lives on the line every day, it has been reported that onlookers cheered the incident. Why, and why has mainstream media not picked up on this?

Oscar Grant. While an incident involving BART police, it occurred in an Oakland BART station. Oscar Grant, 22, was fatally shot on New Year's Day by a BART police officer, Johannes Mehserle. He has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.

It is believed his defense will rest on him believing he was going for his Taser. It should be noted that BART police received their tasers only a few weeks before the incident, and that incidents of taser / gun mix-ups have happened before.

Even the Christian Science Monitor notes a look of surprise on Mehserle's face after the shooting of Oscar Grant.

Whether you believe that or not, the fact of the matter is, the two incidents are unrelated. Yet, a crowd of 20 onlookers cheered at the scene of the first shootings (there were two separate crime scenes). They shouted "Payback for Oscar (Grant)."

I have also found comments on news stories on the web, similarly cheering. At the PS-N, one said:

This is the best news I've heard in a long time. That's what the PIGS get. Rest In Peace Oscar Grant and all other victims of Police Terrorism

Is this what we humans have become? These officers had nothing to do with Oscar Grant. And the first set of officers, John Hege, 41, and Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40 pulled over Lovelle Mixon for a traffic stop, at which time he shot them.

These are innocents in the Oscar Grant case. May Hege, Dunakin, Sgt. Ervin Romans, 43, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35, rest in peace.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
When the people of Oakland cheer police deaths at the hand of intentional murder as some have done this Saturday, I am convinced that the leaders of this city's incindiary comments about January 1, 2009 incident and the unbalanced reporting of the same by the media are the root cause of the total breakdown of respect for authority in this God forsaken town. My heart goes out to the families of the police that have lost their lives to this poor excuse for a human being MIXON. For his family to say everyone has lost a lot....what an understatement. May he rot in hell.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
All violent deaths are a tragedy in one way or another. Those who think that the Oakland PD deaths somehow make up for Oscar Grant's death are sorely deluded. This kind of thinking is what perpetuates violence. There is no end to reprisals - and in this case, it wasn't even the OPD that killed Oscar Grant. If violence is to be stopped, we need to stop it in ourselves.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This "person" is nothing more than a thug, a lowlife, and a failure. He is worth nothing, and he will be remembered only as a murderer. Nothing he ever did in life mattered, and no one will ever miss him. The world is infinitely better off without this trash inhabiting it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
People will never know unless you are black and can get shot for being handcuffed and subdued. honestly, i feel sorry for the cops families, but not for their police division.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
And it is people with YOUR attitude, who teaches HATE to your children that are to blame for the MESS your community is in! Poor you, poor thugs, blah blah blah.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Come on, why does race have to always come into play? Excuses are over for the race card

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Good riddance. Now the count is 453,734,244 for the pigs, 4 for the heros.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
And who does this genius call when he's getting robbed?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
make me ill. May you be jacked by your so-called 'heros'. What a wonderful community you have all made for your children and grandchildren. They have no hope....because of YOU.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
How bad can community relations be in Oakland so people cheer like that? The authorities have a lot to do.

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