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BART Shooting Protest Organizer Devastated by Oakland Riot

January 09, 2009  | 

When the marchers reached the Lake Merritt BART Station around 6:15 p.m., protest organizer Evan Shamar saw things start to go bad. Marchers began kicking newspaper stands and using papers to start fires. As he saw them throwing bottles and spitting on police cars, Shamar said he wept and returned to the Fruitvale Station.

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Lsmith0103 @ 1/9/2009 11:54 AM

I truly wish more people would read the article and notice that no one, not even the people of color who are the victims of the senseless destruction, support what some ignorant people who are from various ethnicities are doing. I think the above person should really note that there are people of color who are also victims of the violence and do not agree with it or support it. As a police officer, and a person of color, the incident itself is heartbreaking, I feel for the officer if it was in fact an accidental discharge and the victim and his family. It is easy to focus on race and make that the issue on both sides rather than to address a shooting that is in question and the criminal conduct of those persons who want attention. I find it sick that people still use race relations as the scapegoat on both sides rather than to be held accountable for their actions.

David Moore S-55 @ 1/9/2009 7:24 PM

This is truly a sad day all the way around. Much of this is cause by reporting and media deadlines to be first to air stories without authentication or verification. Misinformation is behind many bad riots and vandalism then you end up with more victims of all races not to mention monetary costs due to damage and increased overtime for public safety. The only winners in this scenario are the Criminal Element (Key Players) who will without a doubt take advantage of the attention, resources, being focused elsewhere. Words damage and are like an arroyo – once washed away never regains its original strength or structure. Those who will be most remembered are the ones who showed great restraint, integrity, character, during this trying event…The mob mentality detracts from solving and only hurts the community!

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