Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Oakland Get Ready

The verdict in the murder trial of Johannes Mehserle, who killed Oscar Grant, is expected soon.

Oakland Police are expecting riots if Mehserle is not convicted... But what if Mehserle is convicted?! And Convicted of what? The jury must choose from 2nd degree murder, Voluntary Manslaughter or Involuntary Manslaughter. 1st degree has been taken off the table. These pig friendly courts won't serve justice. They can't.


Catherine Porter wrote a great article entitled When police stick to phony script that you would be smart to read. She illustrates what is called "The Miami Model" of social control:

1. Information warfare. This starts weeks before the event. Protesters are criminalized and dehumanized, and described as dangerous “anarchists” and “terrorists” the city needs to defend against.

2. Intimidation. Police start random searches of perceived protesters before any large rallies. They are asked where they are staying, why they are walking around. Police raid organizer’s homes or meeting places, “usually just before the summit, so there’s maximum chaos organizers have to deal with,” says Archer.

This is usually made possible by last-minute city regulations, curtailing the right to protest. In Miami, the city commission passed a temporary ordinance forbidding groups of more than seven to congregate for more than 30 minutes without a permit.

3. “They threw rocks.” That’s the line police use after tear-gassing or beating protesters most times, Archer says. Urine and human feces are variations on the theme. But it’s always the protesters who triggered the violence. A popular police tactic is called “kettling.” Officers on bike or horses herd protesters into an enclosed space, so they can’t leave without trying to break through the police line. Take the bait; you provoke a beating or arrest. And of course, there are the famous agent provocateurs, outted publicly two years ago in Montebello. Police officers dressed up like militant protesters to protect the peaceful crowd, they say; Archer says it’s to instigate trouble.

“It’s the same lies every single protest,” she says. “It’s justification by law enforcement for their violent actions. This is a propaganda war.”

4. Job well done. At the end, regardless of the bodies clogging the temporary holding cells and hospitals, the police always congratulate themselves. And by the time the cases go to court, the story is long forgotten and the circus has moved to a new unsuspecting town.

OPD is issuing statements to the media that already describe the 'bad guys' as anarchists and those who will seek to riot. Oakland has even set up a snitch phone line and used it to hype up an atmosphere of fear.

Graffitti threatening Mehserle and his family has been reportedly found.

OPD has already made their justification for violence against anyone who takes to the streets.

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