Oakland: Riots, arson, businesses vandalized, officers attacked. Apparently this is ‘justice’.

OAKLAND, CA – This may come as a shock, but there was yet another “violent & destructive” protest that took place on the evening of August 26th in Oakland, California in relation to the Jacob Blake shooting.

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In this episode of protesting something that happened in a different state thousands of miles away, police say there was roughly 700 people were present at the protest where cars were set on fire, businesses were damaged and overall chaos was present.

The typical tropes of the “peaceful” protests of late were in attendance – smashed windows, lasers being pointed at police officers, illegal fireworks, someone trying to set a business on fire.

You know, things indicative of peacefully assembling.

The irony is, the Oakland Police Department issued their proverbial commendation toward people peacefully protesting before the nonsense escalated into riotous conduct.

The OPD issued the following statement on Twitter that read:

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“We at OPD support your right to demonstrate. We ask that organizers help us facilitate safe spaces and safe places for the demonstration. We ask attendees not to cross barricades.”

While it is unclear who was the exact organizer of the enormous crowd that formed in Oakland, it didn’t take long for these protesters to effectively leave I-580 where they were marching and to start the destruction on Broadway street.

Locals that were present that had nothing to do with the protest or vandalism were clearly not pleased, as evidenced by one woman speaking her piece against those committing the vandalism and chaos.

Oh, and then there were people in the above video instructing those in Oakland to start smashing windows:

“No snitches…it’s like for real. Because that’s how change is made – your walking around is great, but if we smash up all the windows every time they do something, they’d stop doing stuff. They’re not going to smash out their own windows, we have to do that shit. And don’t be scared to burn them down, because they’re not scared to burn you down.”

And what’s this? A video of these peaceful folks instructing protesters to form a shield line at the front of their formation. Of course, don’t forget that they also had to say admonish President Trump as well prior to delivering said instructions.

Then there was this angry man speaking…or yelling rather, about what happened in Wisconsin. Once again, this protest was in Oakland, California. On top of that, apparently the man was upset about those two people killed in Kenosha that were in attendance of the riots.

Luckily, there were no reported injuries to officers. It’s unclear what the total assessment of damages were during the protest on the evening of August 26th.

You know who isn’t a fan of all this rioting?

Jacob Blake’s mother. 

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By now, many are likely well aware of the riots that spawned in Kenosha after the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake. However, what many may not be aware of is that Blake mother, Julia Jackson, had some choice words for those rioting in Wisconsin under the guise of seeking social justice.

In her words, she’s “disgusted” that anyone would riot over her son.

While appearing on CNN, Jackson was speaking with Don Lemon about her stance on the riots, destruction, and violence happening in Kenosha. The show host asked Jackson the following:

“The destruction that has been taking place in cities across the country and in Kenosha…I heard you speak about that. And my question is, you said you don’t want that in Jacob’s name and neither would he. Tell me more about that, please.”

Jackson responded:

“Absolutely not. My family and I are very hurt and quite frankly disgusted. And as his mother, please don’t burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son’s name. You shouldn’t do it.”

Jackson went on to note that this level of destruction and madness isn’t excusable in any circumstance, but to use her son as an excuse is more insulting than anything.

She continued:

“People shouldn’t [riot] anyway, but to use my child or any other mother or father’s child, our tragedy to react in that manner is just not acceptable. And it’s not helping Jacob. It’s not helping Jacob or any other of the men or women who has suffered in these areas.”

After speaking her mind with regard to the riots taking place in Kenosha, Lemon asked Jackson if there was anything she would want to say to any politician in particular. Jackson surprisingly wanted to direct a comment to President Donald Trump, but likely not in the fashion some have come to expect on CNN.

Jackson had made reference to some comments made by a family member, likely derogatory ones, aimed at the president. On that note, she offered an apology to President Trump:

“For our President Trump, first I want to say a family member and I don’t know if it was heard or not said something that was not kind. She is hurting and I do apologize for that. Our outburst does not reflect our behavior.”

Blake’s mother also apologized for missing the phone call from President Trump as well and expressed the “utmost respect” for the president:

“And also, for President Trump, I’m sorry I missed your call because had I not missed your call, maybe the comments that you made would have been different. And I’m not mad at you at all.

I have the utmost respect for you as the leader of our country. Like I said before and I’m not saying this to him directly, we should always get the details from the right source before we start throwing bricks.”

As for the reference to “comments” that Trump has made on the case is unclear, as there’s been essentially no mention of the Blake shooting by the White House as of August 26th. The only reference that can be mentioned of is President Trump urging the employment of the National Guard in Kenosha, which was deployed.

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