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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mostly peaceful protests mark Zimmerman’s acquittal

Judge's gavel
Looks like the ‘baggers won’t get the race war they’ve so been looking forward to. Those itchy trigger fingers of their’s will have to remain itchy.

Washington Post: Protesters angered by the acquittal of George Zimmerman held largely peaceful demonstrations in three California cities, but broke windows and started small street fires Oakland, police said.

The gatherings Saturday night ranged from a few dozen to a couple hundred people turning out to protest the verdict in the Florida courtroom over the death of Trayvon Martin, and police said some of the demonstrations continued into the early hours Sunday.

The Oakland police dispatch office said about 100 people protested, with some in the crowd breaking windows on businesses and starting small fires in the streets. As the protest wound down with the crowd dispersing, the office said that as of 2 a.m. PDT it had no word of any arrests.

Local media reports said some Oakland marchers vandalized a police squad car and police formed a line to block the protesters’ path.
Oakland protesters apparently burned American and Californian flags, so prepare for the right freaking out over the WORST THING EVER!, but even by the broadest possible definition of the term, riots did not happen.

And keep in mind that the anger behind Oakland protests isn’t entirely about Trayvon Martin, as that community is engaged in a long struggle to get a racist and rogue police department under control. Any racially-charged protest is going to include actions directed at provoking Oakland police. It’s unfortunate, but understandable. You can only take so much.

The assumption that people would riot if Zimmerman walked shows why those people were about 99% Zimmerman supporters: they were racially profiling the entire African-American community in the same way that George Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin.

So put the shootin’ irons down, Teabillies. Your little race war isn’t going to happen. You won’t get to shoot any more kids today.

[photo by orangesparrow]

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