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Monday, January 12, 2009

My Riot Has a First Name, It's O-S-C-A-R: BART 'Demonstration' Planned for Tonight in S.F.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 11:00 AM

A bedsheet-scrawled sign of the times at Valencia and 22nd. Photo   |   Andy Wright

The deep-thinkers at are announcing a party. All of San Francisco is invited -- and, if things get out of hand, all of San Francisco will pay.

The violence and unrest surrounding the shooting death of Oscar Grant by a BART police officer may be heading West. Here's a post regarding a "demonstration" scheduled for tonight, reprinted in its entirety:

[Last week], the streets of Oakland came alive.

This is

bigger than Oakland, however. The relationship of the police officer

and the civilian is perverse: an unelected authority who has the

unencumbered power of life and death over a population.


month San Francisco saw a confrontational solidarity action against the

police murder of a young man on the other side of the world, yet there

has been nothing against the police murder of a young man on the other

side of the bay.

There will be a demonstration against the

police murder of Oscar Grant on Monday, January 12 at 5pm at the Civic

Center BART station.

The kids in Oakland know how to party. Let's show them they are not alone.

Where to start? Those who remember the church-going Grant recall him as a loving, earnest man -- so does it make sense that those to whom Grant is only a symbol, a blurry image on a graphic video, should "avenge" his death by burning public property and trashing Mom 'n' Pop shops?

Does it make sense that those protesting police violence should engage in behavior that necessitates and even justifies it? Finally, Oakland recorded 124 homicides in 2008 -- where's the righteous indignation about that? It seems police officers do not have a monopoly on the use of deadly force in our neighboring city (or our own).

Sgt. Lyn Tomioka, a San Francisco Police Department public information officer, told me that the department would "have a sufficient number of officers to respond to incidents on the scene." That's probably just what the "demonstrators" are hoping for.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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