The “For A Safe Town” event was billed as a peace promotion event. Attendees were asked to sign a peace pledge before entering. Cops, however, did not have to sign that pledge, and were even allowed to bring guns into the park.
Their overwhelming numbers kept many residents of the community away, and created traffic problems.
In the wake of the Riders and Gary King Jr., and set against the back drop of killer BART cop Johannes Mehserle’s victory in court, I can’t think of a more confrontational stunt than what OPD pulled during a basketball game between them and the community.
They wore shirts threatening retaliation for Lovelle Mixon.
That ain’t bridge-building.
That’s infinite war.
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