I’m glad they rioted. Every single time this happens, the powers that be should be just a little more scared. This has been going on a really long time, but it’s so rare that a cop who shoots a civilian is convicted, it’s as if they have an alternate justice system that only acquits, or at best, hands out minimum sentences:
OAKLAND (AP) — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets Friday, some breaking windows and knocking down fences, after a white former transit officer was given the minimum possible prison sentence of two years for fatally shooting an unarmed black man on a California train platform..
The case against defendant Johannes Mehserle has provoked racial unrest at every turn, and police in Oakland, the scene of the killing, were on alert for more problems following a sentence that many thought was too light.
More than 100 people were arrested after a rally billed as a tribute to the victim, Oscar Grant, turned into a march through the downtown area, where people broke car and bus windows. Some carried a banner reading “Justice for Oscar Grant.”