Thursday, February 12, 2009

Protest rant

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 14:  Oakland Police offi...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Protesting about something in a rally may look good on TV, but gets nothing accomplished. In fact, such rallies are often "hijacked" by extremists / anarchists who are just looking for excuses to destroy something.

When "outraged" Oakland residents rallied to protest death of Oscar Grant III, the man shot to death by a BART police officer, some anarchists use the event to vandalize downtown Oakland. Dozens of businesses were vandalized, front windows broken, and many were looted.

And Oakland Police are NOT EVEN RELATED to BART Police except they have a bit of overlap in jurisdiction in Oakland.

And the protesters are NOT DONE. They are planning more and more rallies, forcing Oakland Police Department to deploy ever more police officers to head off any such violent confrontations. While nobody rampaged through downtown the last few attempts, several police cars were damaged, leaving the department short on patrol vehicles.

Enforcement and patrols in other neighborhoods are curtailed as more officers were moved to monitor the protests, leading to a rise in crimes.

Overtime costs for Oakland Police has already exceeded this year's "contingency funds".

And what has been done so far? Nothing beyond the usual. BART board decided to have an external law firm to conduct the investigation, and that's about it.

Another video has surfaced, this time depicting ANOTHER officer may have been beating Oscar Grant III just before the fatal shooting. The video was judged to be genuine, and more of these "civil activists" are calling for charging this other officer as accessory to murder, among other crimes.

It doesn't help that the victim is black, and the shooting officer(s) are white.

But what has the protests accomplished? Absolutely ZILCH, in my opinion, and may have contributed to spending millions of dollars in tax money, which comes from taxpayers like you and me.

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