Senseless, tragic killing of Oakland police officers this afternoon

The number of Oakland Police officers killed in in the line of duty during the department’s history rose today from 47 to 50 (Update: Now 51). The news is shocking and tragic.

I’m with the Mayor on this one, who said at tonight’s press conference “It is in these moments that words are extraordinarily inadequate.” My deepest sympathies and my prayers are with the families of the slain officers, but beyond that, I have nothing to add on the subject – I’ve always been uncomfortable saying much about the personal tragedies of people I don’t know.

But I expect that some readers will want to share their feelings about the event, so feel free to do so in the comments section below.

Below is a list of links to media reports on the slayings – the best stories are the ones from the Trib and LA Times. I’ll update the list as more stories appear.

If you feel moved to do something in response to the events, you may want to consider making a donation to the 100 Club of Alameda, an organization that provides immediate financial support to the families of police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty in Alameda County.

The City is organizing a vigil of remembrance (PDF) on Tuesday at 6 PM. It will be held at 74th and MacArthur, the site of the shootings. The main lobby of City Hall will have a condolence book out you can sign between 10:30 AM and 6 PM on Monday.

56 thoughts on “Senseless, tragic killing of Oakland police officers this afternoon

  1. VivekB

    It is times like these which make me even more annoyed with the peaceniks in my neighborhood who’ve never done a hard days work in their lives protesting police brutality and raging against the law enforcement machine – something tells me they don’t wake up worried about being killed during their jobs.

    R.I.P., and thanks to every OPD (and CHP and Firefighter and BART police and …) officer for being willing to protect the citizenry in a very difficult time. Please know that there are many of us who believe and support you, words alone cannot express the gratitude and debt we all owe you.

  2. ConcernedOakFF

    Just remember this day when on all of the other days the ignorant public and the media does nothing but bash the brave Men and Women who are out on the streets of this city protecting YOU.

    The job of a Police Officer is dangerous, stressful and wears on you personally, emotionally and professionally. These folks are HUMAN, and need to be treated as such.

    Where are the protesters on the streets now? When 4 good men go down, what to the Members of the Police Department do? They get back in their cars, on their motorcycles and on their foot beats AND DO THEIR JOBS. Remember, during and after this event, people still needed the OPD for assistance, and guess what, rather than busting up cars and burning things down, they showed up and rendered aid to a thankless public.

    THIS is what separates GOOD and STRONG people from criminals.

    Never forget this.

  3. Tonyb

    The most asinine part of the story wa steh fact about “20 blacks, were taunting the police”..as usual ignorant Oakland people view the short term,. Trust me the days of police overreacting, being on the offensive and some beat downs for alot of criminals will start to peak.

    If your black and have a parking ticket and are caught J-walking, you will have a billy club upside your head . These cops have a right to over react, on ALL routine stops and i personally hope they do.

  4. V Smoothe Post author

    In general, I make a point of not monitoring comments on this blog – the only comments I have ever deleted are obviously spam.

    But I have no intention of allowing my site to be used as a platform for hatred and bigotry, so I’m going to say right now that any more comments like the one above will be deleted immediately. Discussion of this matter is going to remain civil, at least here. If you want to spew racist vitriol, take it to freerepublic.

  5. hedera

    First, thanks to VSmoothe for the insistence on civility on the site. I fully agree.

    Second, I too would like to offer my condolences to the men and women of the Oakland Police Department on their tragic loss. I would also like to offer my thanks for the fact that they’re all back at work today, doing a hard, dangerous, and in too many cases thankless job for the citizens of Oakland.

  6. OP

    This is really tragic. Is there going to be a rally at City Hall in support of the cops? There needs to be. The only major demonstrations are anti-OPD; I think we need to show the department that we are thankful that they put their lives on the line for us every day.

  7. oaklandhappenings

    Let this be the day that Arnold, Brown (and maybe even the Obama administration?)
    find a way to put heads together and come up with a way to STOP PAROLEE “DUMPING” IN OAKLAND! I know that there are several parolees who walk off the greyhound buses and try very hard to get their life back on the right track. To them, kudos and congratulations for their pending success. However, with the number close to extra 4,000 extra parolees a year starting their post-prison sagas in Oakland, it is a miracle that crime isn’t higher than it is; especially with that number growing more each year. If anything, control of the prison system–for which there is near none–in California, will be a big first step.

  8. Navigator

    What a horrible tragedy. My deepest condolences to the families of the fallen officers. What a horrible day for Oakland, for the state of California, and for our Country.

    I also find it extremely upsetting to read the comments in the San Francisco Chronicle. Unfortunately, this horrible incident which says many things regarding our National gun policy, is used by right wing racists and Oakland bashers as a way to once again inject their bile and racial hatred for our city into the discussion.

    The rumors that “Oakland” cheered the death of these officers are being spread Nationally. This could be the classic case of an isolated incident by a few misguide individuals, which is then used by certain segments of the media, to foment hatred against the city of Oakland and certain racial and ethnic groups. It’s absolutely appalling

    Instead of bringing up the fact that an assault weapon played a major factor in the lethality of this shooting, the media virtually ignores this part of the story and instead focus attention on a very small and isolated exception (if true) which they know will generate resentment among the masses.

    A National problem of military killing machines on American streets, suddenly becomes an, “Oakland,” and “black” problem. This Country has weekly massacres due to our insane gun culture and lax gun restrictions. All we ever do is allow politicians to be cowered by a few NRA zealots while 30,000 people die every year in this Country by firearms. What other “civilized” country allows massacres on a weekly basis and the then basically shrugs its shoulders, and goes back to business as usual as if nothing happened. This is incomprehensible.

  9. Mike Spencer

    I saw the photos of the officers and was trying to remember if I had met them. I do recall some casual but positive encounters with Sgts Sakai and Romans. They struck me as being “cops’ cops: tough, fair, protectors. Guess it also came as no surprise that they were SWAT team members, the bravest of the brave. Over the years I have had good and bad encounters with OPD. I will try to be a lot more sympathetic to law enforcement, especially to the men and woman who try to do their jobs in a fair diligent manner. Thank you OPD for dealing with the stuff very few of us could handle. Maybe we become closer as a community. I hope.

  10. lrd1rocha

    Well, I have to say that this is a real tragedy. An event of this nature should make us appreciate the efforts made by officers of peace in the country, question the reasons why Oakland has become “parolee” central in the region, and re-evaluate policing strategies. However, something tells me that the “police abuse complex” obsessed individuals will continue to portray this as being part of a structural problem that leaves no place for personal will/decision.

    One thing is certain: Oakland’s negative reputation has been reinforced. The accounts of people tainting the police only make it worse.

  11. JAMMI

    The suspect should never have been released from prison. If he had not, both he and the officers would be alive today. But in February, a three-judge panel led by Stephen Reinhardt ruled that California should provide early release to some 57,000 inmates, due to overcrowding. Will these judges take responsibility for endangering the lives of our public servants?

    Is it possible the motorcycle officers hesitated a second too long before reaching for their weapons, fearing that they might meet the same fate as Johannes Mehserle if they overreacted to a perceived threat? Would they be alive today if they were not under the strictures of the Riders settlement? Is John Burris sleeping well in his mansion?

    The SWAT team procedures should be carefully reviewed. When an armed suspect, who has just shot two people, is barricaded in an apartment, I would think it is time to send in the robot to drill a hole in the wall and squirt in tear gas. SWAT officers should have adequate protective armor. Is our police force properly equipped?

    This is what happens when we have 2/3 of a police force. Oakland is viewed as the wild west town without a sheriff.

  12. Max Allstadt

    JAMMI,

    Without getting into to much technicality, body armor worn by most police departments typically only protects up to a certain level of threat. Certain assault rifles and large game hunting rifles will penetrate it, as well as through many helmets. Frequently, even military-grade body armor won’t stop larger rifle rounds. I don’t know what the solution is. I do know that the armor that most police departments deploy today is capable of saving lives and frequently does. It is irresponsible to assume that there is any negligence to blame in this tragedy, especially at this early a stage.

    However, I really hate to dwell on the technical at a time like this. I was sickened and saddened when I heard the news. I think now is not necessarily the best time to focus on technical solutions and public second guessing of department policy. Perhaps in a few days the city will be ready for that type of talk, but not now.

    For now, I urge everyone reading to follow V’s link to the 100 Club of Alameda. I donated today, and I think that a massive outpouring of donations may be the best way we can express our gratitude and solidarity with the families of Sgt. Mark Dunakin, Sgt. Ervin Romans, Sgt. Daniel Sakai, and Officer John Hege.

  13. V Smoothe Post author

    The Oakland Police Officers Association will also be setting up a fund specifically for the families of these four officers, and I’ll post that information when it’s available. But the 100 Club is an excellent organization as well.

  14. Rollie Fingers

    As tragic as this is, there have been 45 officer involved shootings in Oakland over the past year. Around a third of those incidents have involved unarmed citizens being shot by OPD officers.

    First off, I don’t see any sort of elegy for the civilian murdered in his Fruitvale driveway yesterday morning, nor do I hear anyone wishing for his killer to burn in hell like you all are Mixon. Guess some lives are worth more than others, or it’s easier to accept senseless violence when someone isn’t wearing a uniform.

    This does not justify the incident. But you all have to recognize there is a vehement dislike of the police in large parts of the city that borders on hatred. After Oscar Grant, it was only a matter of time before something this nasty came about.

    How was Mixon “dumped” on Oakland? His family is from here – he grew up here. This is a homegrown problem, not something the state foisted on Oakland. I’m sick and tired of Oaklanders wishing they could lock up all the unemployed young men of color living in the flatlands, throw away the key, and have a nice bourgeois paradise to rival SF’s yuppie Disneyland.

    With no social programs and a city administration that doesn’t bat an eye when money for diversion programs like Measure Y are diverted straight into OPD’s operating budget, it’s no surprise crime is out of control.

    And forget the b.s. about the SWAT team not being properly armed. Did they send in a negotiator first, or did they charge into the apartment with guns drawn and a red mist over their eyes? Robots are certainly not the answer – like surveillance cameras, they are another expensive boondoggle that will only create more parcel taxes for voters to fund.

    There’s a chance the two dead SWAT officers might still be alive if they had worked the situation differently.

  15. We Fight Blight

    Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to the families and the men and women in blue who must endure this horrible event. The Oakland Police work under difficult and trying circumstances in a City with some of the highest crime rates in the country. Parolees represent a significant challenge for our community and the Oakland Police. Stepping up traffic stops is a key way to reduce crime, but it is also a potentially high risk event for Officers. Every time a traffic stop is made an Officer puts his or her life on the line. In this case they encountered a parolee with a no bail warrant, an extensive criminal history, who was highly armed. Unfortunately, some criticize the Oakland Police for stepping up traffic stops because they believe it is profiling or that it diminishes their civil liberties or that they are just being hassled. We support Oakland Police Officers who risk their lives everyday to make our City safer. It is often a high stress and thankless job made worse by those who view them with disdain and outright hatred–such as those taunting the Police. We cannot thank Oakland Police Officers enough. Please know that there are lots of Oakland residents who support you, need you, and appreciate all that you do to keep us safe. Thank you.

  16. Patrick McCullough

    He was out doing what a lot of young men his age do: out on the streets of Oakland going about his business, doing his thing, trying to provide for himself and his family the best way he can. He was friendly and would help you if he could, but he was nobody’s punk and some people misunderstood him and mistook his strength and strong ties to other youngsters like himself as something to fear.

    Now, his life is suddenly, tragically over. Murdered. Shot down for standing up. A person who had friends and family and was loved, now, included among the statistics of young men killed in Oakland by a criminal thug who should have already been under the jail.

    But unlike the case with many young men, his relatives won’t be telling reporters the young man had just gotten his life turned around, or that he’d begun re-establishing a relationship with a child sired years ago, or with god. There won’t be t-shirts or spray painting or a street-corner memorial of Gordon’s Gin and Hennessey bottles, left by grieving friends in his memory as his lasting monument. There won’t be a drive-by shooting payback for the killer’s admirers who mocked and giggled upon seeing the blood in the street. There won’t be a march or a riot. There won’t be a lawsuit for brutality, excessive use of force, or denial of his civil rights.

    Because this young man lived right, there will be sadness and fear and a yearning for that which cannot be replaced or forgotten. There will be enduring respect and honor for him. There will be another Oakland Police Officer who’s a lot like this one.

  17. SF2OAK

    Of course I am sickened by the tragedy and send condolences and donations to the families fund. If anyone will start a public rally and outcry regarding the parolee dumping – I am there. I saw an interview with the family that repulsed me- who said Mixon was a good man- how good can you be to shoot 4 police officers? Oakland in that neighborhood is failing, the sister who did the tv interview was absolutely inarticulate, cold and emotionless after her brother murdered 4 people and then himself killed. Clearly a product of failed education and the excuses that the family gave are incredible too saying it is a parole system problem- it very much may well be but to put the onus on the state rather than take responsibility is outrageous. Who will Burris sue for this one? – oh no deep pockets well we won’t hear a quote from him surprise surprise. It is no badge of honor to be from Oakland. Unless we the people step up we are in for a world of hurt. Will a leader emerge from this ? I hope so but I doubt it. So far Mayor fuzzy has said the most benign things- he is not a leader. Perhaps a mayoral candidate ought to organize a OPD solidarity/ anti crime rally (hint)– When will Oaklanders realize that the money spent on the criminal justice system leaves little else for for righteous things? Oaklanders should not complain about money when we have a gov’t that cannot spend wisely and a citiznery that makes the gov’t spend unwisely (every cop is 150K/yr and that does not include getting them trained.) The gov., the AG, and the mayor were all here for a photo op but will this translate into turning the streets of OAK into a safer place and what might that strategy be to accomplish this? This has yet to be articulated.

  18. ConcernedOakFF

    Believe it or not, throughout the day today, people in the neighborhood continued to drive by the murder scene to cheer these deaths, and screamed at the few locals who had attempted to set up memorials for the fallen officers, calling them “traitors”.

    Not hyperbole, FACT. Makes me sick.

    How these Officers can control their tempers in that environment is beyond me, or even walk out of their houses to serve a community that so obviously doesn’t want their help.

  19. Rollie Fingers

    V, what’s untrue? $7.7 million of Measure Y funds for diversion went into OPD’s recruitment budget, a mistake for which the city has been ordered by a judge to repay the money to Measure Y programs.

    Those 45 officer-involved shootings are OPD stats. Same goes for the fact that a third of those incidents involved unarmed civilians. That’s not to say Oakland is not a dangerous place – two thirds of those incidents involved a weapon. That is a high rate of contact with armed suspects for a police force of 800 officers

    You have not posting a thing about that Fruitvale homicide.

    Mixon was from Oakland. He had extensive family connections in East Oakland.

    Have you talked to folks in the Flatlands about their relationship with the police? This isn’t a recent phenomenon, either.

    That’s most of what I said, right?

    As for the SWAT team, let’s see what comes out in the next few days. We know very little about how much time lapse between the tipster calling in and the point at which officers stormed the apartment.

    May all four officers rest in peace.

  20. V Smoothe Post author

    I don’t know where you came up with those ideas, Rollie, but I suggest you start looking for new (and more credible) information sources. The $7.7 million of Measure Y funds used for police recruitment were earmarked for police salaries, not diversion. No diversion funds have been spent on police.

    As far as officer-involved shootings, go – there were 10 in 2008, not 45. There have been 45 officer-involved shootings (PDF) in the past five years. In 60% of those cases, a weapon was found, and in exactly zero of those cases was the officer found to be at fault by the Citizen’s Police Review Board. Your knee-jerk and inaccurate anti-police rhetoric might be popular on IndyMedia, but around these parts, we deal in facts.

  21. w

    Police, courtroom and government corruption is rampant. The police are the front line and typically the least intelligent of all. They signed up to be tools in the hands of evil people. This is not a good time to be a cop. When the laws are wrong, cops will die, so deal or get real.

  22. MarleenLee

    Just to verify, that $7.7 million of Measure Y funds that went to police recruitment and academy training was money that should have been spent on police officer salaries and benefits, not violence prevention/social programs. And, to clarify, the judge’s ruling is still only tentative. No final ruling has yet been issued.

    I wish I could say that having a decent sized police force could have somehow prevented this tragedy. I can’t. But it would have been a start, and now, Oakland will have an even harder time recruiting. The reports about people in that neighborhood cheering the deaths of fallen officers sickens me. So do the comments like the one above. I hope that the officers’ families realize that the majority of us appreciate their commitment to protecting us.

  23. Max Allstadt

    W,

    I’ve had some lengthy conversations with OPD officers. The guys on my beat are bright, responsive, and they seem fully aware of all the contradictions, paradoxes, and even the impossibilities of their job. They also care. They care enough to show up every day and risk getting shot. And most of the time, what they seem to be doing is taking reports on stolen cars, boarding up vacants, or intervening to prevent domestic abuse. They help people. That might not fit into whatever ideology you’re parroting, but it’s how it is.

  24. oaklandhappenings

    Slightly off topic here (sorry), but who the hell is this “Monteskewed” know-nothing, listed in the link list!? If he was writing an article about–for example–New Orleans having the nation’s highest murder rate in 2007( much higher than Oakland’s of the same year, ’08 or this year), would he write “is it time to leave New Orleans”? No way. He would probably write something like “oh, it doesn’t happen in the special parts of N.O., just in some areas filled with poverty, and overall, most everyone living in N.O. knows how great it is”. Granted, I haven’t been to N.O. personally, but I do my reading (albeit not as much as most people). Despite the high crime and murder rates, both perhaps regularly as bad or worse than Oakland over the last few decades, I would still agree with many that it is still a great city to visit and (perhaps) live in most parts of. I don’t think this Monte-person knows enough about Oakland, if anything, and probably hates Oakland already for even just one or two other bad-publicity nationwide stories. He isn’t the only one either, I am sure; the Chronicle could be verification of that. Even after a multi-tragedy such as this, if it happened in N.O., Detroit, St. Louis, Flint, Baltimore, etc., I don’t expect these types of “time to leave…?” columns to be circulating for those cities.

  25. V Smoothe Post author

    oaklandhappenings, I don’t appreciate you using this forum to attack other people for daring to publicly ask questions that have undoubtedly gone through many residents’ heads over the last few days. And maybe next time, read the post in question before jumping to conclusions and the author’s meaning and criticizing. Monte, FYI, is an Oakland blogger and Oakland church pastor raising a family in Oakland who also works at an Oakland preschool. I think it’s safe to say his impressions of the city are not formed by reading one or two stories in the national press.

  26. Kent

    I just completed jury duty in Oakland and from testimony it became obvious the OPD devotes far too few resources to evidence collection like fingerprints or ballistics. They seem to have only 1 staff person doing firearms testing and fingerprinting for the whole city. This wouldn’t have made a difference with Mixon. But in our case it would have substantially reduced the time we spent arguing guilty or not. And gave the jury no excuse to disbelieve the OPD. Just another thing to fix in a long wish list at OPD. May those officers RIP.

  27. Ken O

    I’ve posted a few random thoughts about this over at my blog. Nothing very helpful, other than to question the national boondoggle of having high numbers of people locked up. A waste of everyone’s resources, especially with respect to private, for-profit prisons. Not that there aren’t bad apples who we need to quarantine.

    Obviously there is plenty of emotion both for and against OPD. Seems to depend on one’s educational and income levels. A sad day for sure.

  28. Joanna/ShopGirl

    w – I got a shiver up my spine reading your post. I’ve met a good number of OPD after having been burglarized, vandalized (major) four or five times, robbed at gunpoint last year, and a recent traffic accident. Out of say 50 officers I’ve dealt with in the last 2 years, they all came across as pretty intelligent. And I have fairly high standards. I certainly don’t think any officer gets on board planning to be “tools in the hands of evil people”. I do agree with one thing you say – “This is not a good time to be a cop.” – without the community support, what’s the point? With the constant threat of being gunned down ON A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP, don’t you think we’re going to have an even harder time finding people interested in becoming or staying as an officer here? Would YOU want to be a cop, or a loved one? But if we don’t have cops, what happens to rule of law? Just general chaos and mayhem is okay?

    This incident all started over a TRAFFIC STOP. It ended with an assault rifle. Where and when did this guy get his guns, and was the assault weapon already at the apartment he fled to? With a child staying in that house?

    I understand the family wants support their loved one, and kudos to them for at least acknowledging the families of the fallen officers. It’s too bad that they give in to all of his excuses. And I thought prisons gave parole you had to have work lined up?

    The police will have their actions reviewed, and probably new procedures will come of it.

    It makes me sick thinking about people cheering the deaths of these police officers. And embarassed that they live in our town.

  29. Surfways

    It should be noted that this type of behavior (celebratory remarks on the death of the four officers) is not limited to Oakland. Some years ago, when someone shot a SFPD officer with the same type of weapon (AK-47), the thugs in SF also taunted the police.

    I wish the media would treat this as a problem that is shared by all other cities. Every one of us has a stake in this for we all pay the same exact price, no matter which city we dwell in or visit.

  30. mugsy

    I am so sickened over this – those brave heroes and their families, absolutely devastating. I’m equally sickened by the “hugs for thugs” and “criminals are victims” mentality of our city leaders, and especially sick at Deley Brooks’ continued inciting of rioting and protests against OPD – utterly despicable. Until we have leadership in this town that takes a tough stand on crime and supports our OPD, we don’t have much hope.

  31. mugsy

    I understand that the governor is setting up a reward for her and the man who provided CPR at the first scene

  32. Sick of Ya'll

    californio: I really can’t believe you could be serious or kidding like that at a time like this. Snitched? Nobody but a gangbanger would call the person who reported the whereabouts of Mr. Perp would even think like that… You make the case perfectly for all those many people who are now expressing their loss of patience and sympathy for the black community – a community which continues to fail and victimize itself and the rest of us. Sweet…

  33. Patrick

    Uh, Sick of Y’all (thought I’d correct the spelling) – I think the fact that californio put the word snitched in quotation marks answers your question, and you missed it completely.

  34. das88

    I am completely aghast — Uhuru is organizing a “March, Candlelight Vigil and Rally for Lovelle Mixon and Family.”

    This is so disgusting. At what point does the crap spewed by the leaders of this group begin to alienate them from their rank-and-file members. Here’s one choice quote from http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/23/18581462.php

    [quote]Just like the resistance of Nat Turner and Gabriel Prosser, enslaved Africans once vilified and today considered heroes, African people in Oakland have a right to struggle against this government-imposed terror. This is exactly what our brother Lovelle Mixon did.[/quote]

    I am glad I will be surrounded by sane, rational people of all colors, faiths, and creeds when I attend the memorial service for the true victims of this tragedy this Friday morning at the Oracle arena.

  35. David

    many more reasons why I don’t live in Oakland anymore.

    At some point, you just give up. It wasn’t after I got mugged. It wasn’t after my 3rd or 4th bike got stolen. Wasn’t after I got my car broken into. Wasn’t after my friend got shot in the back. But after a body was found abandoned a block away and a guy was shot to death in broad daylight at my local gas station (all in a “decent” Oakland ‘hood), I figured it was time to pack up the kids and get out.

    You can hope all you want about Oakland. Hope dies too.

  36. Chris Kidd

    Others may feel free to be defeatists, but I will never give up on Oakland.

    das – Agree about Uhuru. What really irks me is that they seek to shoehorn everything into a tightly structured ideology. The often tortuous logic they apply to every development in Oakland can lead to some … interesting … explanations. Call me crazy, but I prefer drawing conclusions after gathering facts as opposed to fitting facts into a pre-determined partisan conclusion.

    I would encourage people to temper the “us vs. them” mentality in comments. That kind of thread is a slippery slope to the out-and-out racism showing up in comments on sfgate and the tribune.

  37. annoyed

    I had the privilege working with Mark Dunakin when he was assigned to Community Policing in the Fruitvale. He was great to work with, a nice guy, a fine police officer, and he worked well with us in the neighborhood. I asked one neighbor last night if he remembered Mark and he was shocked that I had to ask. Of course, he remembered Mark. I want everyone to know that Mark wasn’t just some faceless guy in a blue uniform, but also a real person and always a professional. And just a good person.

    I mourn the loss of all of these officers. This is just heartbreaking. My deepest condolences to all four families.

    Margurite

  38. das88

    @Chris
    Thanks for the reminder. You are absolutely right that we do not want to sink to the us v. them mentality. I am sorry if I contributed to this at all, I was just completely irked by that announcement. At least I most limited myself to attacking the statements/actions rather than the people making them.

    @Margurite
    Thank you for your post. It helps to remain focused on the personal and human nature of this tragedy rather than just seeing it through a political lens.

  39. David

    It’s nice you’ll never give up. Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy lower-crime, better schools, better-functioning city government and I’ll enjoy it all for less money and lower property taxes in a neighboring ‘burb. I mean, did you grow up in the ‘Town? what’s the attachment? Enjoying filling out crime reports? Getting shot at? I guess I just outgrew the love of “liveliness” and I’ll take a less “lively” living that costs less. And if I really want to hang out, I’m about a 12 minute drive from my old stomping grounds. But hey, I hope Oakland gets better. I’m just not going to wait for it, or waste my money (property taxes) on it.

    D

  40. Chris Kidd

    Well David, if that’s the case why are you wasting your time here? Go find some blog about how Castro Valley is totally awesome or something.

    das – my nagging wasn’t directed at you, but rather the more, uh, spirited comments I’ve seen in the recent threads. Not denying their right to say it or anything, just that it isn’t exactly productive to creating rapprochement.

  41. another concerned citizen

    Speaking of Uhuru, I think it’s time for an organized boycott of everything they sell to fund their increasingly bizarre cult. Please tell everyone you know not to buy any of their pies or furniture. I know a lot of people who get sucked in by a combination of guilt and misrepresentation. Wouldn’t hurt to add a few new reviews to their Yelp page either: http://www.yelp.com/biz/uhuru-furniture-and-collectibles-oakland

    It’s become clear lately that this isn’t just another community group. Seems like they’re just a few steps away from turning into another Symbionese Liberation Army.

  42. anon

    While I think the uhuru cult is a joke and should usually be just ignored, in this situation they’re really trying to put the gasoline on. We should call on Dellums and Brooks specifically, to denounce their antics before they cause some real damage.

    Also anyone see one of the leaders of the justice for Oscar Grant movement, call Mixon a “soldier”. His name is Mandigo Hayes and he should be called out as well.

  43. anon2

    Neither Mixon nor we will ever get the chance to learn the truth, because the SWAT team acted as judge, jury and executioner. And now the story will be written by the cops for the media to rubber stamp and parrot. What the cops will leave out is the fact that they probably could have saved three lives by negotiated discussion after calming time. The scene was secured, and there were no imminent threats when they stormed in to where Mixon was hiding out. It was reckless to charge in and much like when the US soldiers in Iraq stormed the homes of Iraqi civilians and women and children and killed everyone in sight after a soldier was killed. The reckless haste to kill Mixon was about revenge, and that recklessness got the cops killed, too. Bad decision. Period.

    The cops planned to murder Mixon before they entered the building. They knew they were going to go in to kill him no matter what. That was their plan. The plan was to commit murder and justify it by alleging that it was urgent to go in right away. But it was NOT urgent.

    They could have planned to wait him out and negotiate a peaceful end, but instead they planned to rush in and shoot and kill him. And they did rush in. But before they could shoot him, he got a few rounds off of his own. Then they killed him as planned. The only problem for the cops was that their plan went bad. They didn’t think he’d get some of them first.

    But they murdered him, because they had a choice and they could have stayed outside and tried some reasonable non-violent alternatives first. So Lovelle Mixon was murdered.

    I’ll tell you one thing, if I were ever going to battle, I’d want a guy like Mixon covering me. That was one bad ass dude!

  44. len raphael

    anon, normally i wouldn’t bother replying to a post like yours. but maybe the reference to iraq got to me, since both my sons (oakland tech grads) have led squads in iraq. iraq is safer place for iraqi’s than much of east oakland is for it’s residents whether from other iraqi’s or from american solders.

    if the cop’s had wanted to take revenge, all they had to do was spray the place or set it afire with tear gas canisters.

  45. Max Allstadt

    Anon2:

    I want to thank you for your comment. By spouting reactionary horseshit on a forum well read by influential oaklanders, you’re doing our city a favor. You’re helping to discredit yourself and your ideological allies. I sincerely appreciate the effort. Keep up the good work. Byotch.

  46. Sick of Ya'll

    anon2,

    For your scenario to be plausible then you must admit that, from the start, Mixon had the same motive as the cops: to take them down. Remember: Mixon drew ‘first blood.’ I think you have seen too many Harrison Ford / Dirty Harry cop movies.

  47. annoyed

    It has been widely reported that the cops did try to negotiate with Mixon. But that isn’t even the point.

    Mixon’s DNA is linked to the rape of a 12-year old girl. I guess that makes you someone who supports pedophlies. He is linked to a murder that no one will come forward to provide info about. Mixon may well turn out to be a serial rapist. that was active in the 74th Ave area. The crime rate in that corridor could actually go down with the removal of this monster. But what a horrible price was paid if that turns out to be true.

    Mixon was a sociopathatic monster.

    Margurite

  48. fido

    Gee, where can I donate to the Mixon Memorial Fund? Why I’m sure the enlightened leadership of Oakditch will build (or allow to be built) some sort of taxpayer funded obelisk to this asswipe of a pseudohuman. Oh, and the march FOR Mixon with hundreds of participants… another Felix Mitchell moment!! Well, that about says it all! And just when you think Oakditch can’t get any lower.

    Go Ronnie go – lead those liberal lemmings right down the hole! Another proud day for Oakditch!

  49. fido

    And, uh, what kind of website is it, Smoothe? Oh, yeah, I’m sorry – it’s one of those wring your hands and bloviate on subjects without ever really getting to the heart of what has made this should-be-wonderful city such a freaking crap pile!!

    I’m sorry, I’ll just sit back and read the posts while all of you apologists continue to obscure the root cause of this decaying metropolis… kind of like they do in Detroit. Gotcha.

  50. ksf

    fuck the police they should all die. no one seems to care when they are killing unarmed civilians but when someone takes charge and kills these slave masters then everyone is sympathetic for the police. so i say thank you to Lovelle Mixon and r.i.p. i know god will understand what he did and will forgive him.

  51. Matt

    I know plenty of people with tough childhoods who made something out of themselves. I also unfortunately know a handful of people who always take take take from others and that’s what Mixon was a taker. I will never regard Mixon as anything more than a self serving maniac that caused irreparable damage to innocent peoples’ lives.