Oakland Resident Recalls Riot Scene

November 7th, 2010 - 9:48 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
screenshot2Nov 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Philip Means, a resident of Oakland spoke to the media about the riots that broke out after the Johannes Mehserle sentencing on Friday. In what can be called a great scar at the heart of Oakland, the riots led to as many as 152 arrests in total. Though earlier reports indicated a lesser number, the real figures began to appear a day after the violent night in the city.

Philip Means, whose house was in the direct path of the mob, said that he burst out of his house once he heard the sound of the angry mob. He soon realized that the Oscar Grant-Mehserle protest had gone awry and decided flee from the scene. He said that all he heard was smashing and yelling outside and then decided to flee in his car to protect it as well.

Shareene Lindquist, who also lives in Sixth Avenue, described the scene as ‘crazy’. She said that though she totally supports what the protesters were saying, she feels there is no justification for the damage to other people’s property. She also said that the violence was not the way to honor Oscar Grant’s memory. The 32-year-old resident of Oakland felt that such kind of violence made the working people feel that they should not do business in this city and that does not help anyone, according to her.

On Friday night, the protesters were arrested in large numbers by the hundreds of police officers deployed in the area. Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts declared the march an unlawful gathering after reports emerged that the holster holding the gun of a police officer had been snatched from him.

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