Riots in Oakland
All I can say is, I’m not surprised. It’s like the 2001 Cincinnati riots all over again.
But then I hope Oakland learns their lesson from how Cincinnati handled their riots and does things the complete opposite. The officer turning in his resignation is a step but now he needs to be treated as any other suspect caught on camera which is arrested and a bond given.
He should not be allowed to hide behind his badge.
I’m sure there are some out there who want to draw comparisons to this and black on black crime (for years after the Cincinnati riots I heard the same thing) and I would like to point out, as I often have, that the police are there to uphold the law not to become judge, jury and executioner. People who are in positions of power are not above the law. Actuallly the officer’s action is worse than that of an everyday killer because he is there to enforce a law he obviously doesn’t think applies to him.
For the last few weeks everyone has been patting their backs, feeling good about electing a Black man to the highest office. Here is the reality of it: we aren’t as far along as we think we are. We aren’t as far behind either, but how far back, I don’t know. It depends on how justice plays out in this case.