By Star Guerra
Oakland police brutality protesters occupied City Hall and blocked the 880 onramp on Tuesday, April 14. About 200 demonstrators gathered in Frank Ogawa Plaza starting at about 1 p.m.
When asked about this situation and police brutality in general, biology teacher James McGrath said, “It was a lot worse when I was in high school. I don’t think it’s intentional, I think some cops just get scared and lose control.”
Police brutality has been around for many years. The frequency has been minimized throughout the years but still seems to happen way too often in our community. Many young and innocent teenagers get killed by police all the time. One well-known example is Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo. on August 9, 2014.
“Am I shocked that it happens?” asked case manager Geral Lowe. “No. Does it hurt that it happens? Yes.” Lowe added, “Police are paid to protect and serve all citizens, not just some.”
Some people believe that police aren’t exactly doing their job. Many people have gone to drastic measures such as riots. More civilized citizens have turned to protests.
“Protesting’s sole purpose is to bring awareness in regards to police brutality,” said Lowe. “We are beyond awareness, it’s time for change.”
For the past couple of years, citizens have done many protests and it still doesn’t seem to make such a big difference. There aren’t a lot of peaceful ways to get the police’s attention. People want their voices to be heard. People want justice.