Oakland Leaders React to Recent Police Shootings, Protests

Police officers form a line near protesters in Oakland, California. Oakland was one of several cities across the country where protesters marched to protest the recent deaths of Alton Sterling (Louisiana) and Philando Castile (Minnesota), two black men who were killed by police officers.
Police officers form a line near protesters in Oakland, California. Oakland was one of several cities across the country where protesters marched to protest the recent deaths of Alton Sterling (Louisiana) and Philando Castile (Minnesota), two black men who were killed by police officers.

The city of Oakland has seen its share of protests — from Oscar Grant to the Occupy movement, to Thursday night’s march in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. In the past, many of these demonstrations have resulted in heated clashes between protesters and police officers. In contrast, many attendees reported that last night’s protest was a mostly peaceful affair, and that officers “kept their distance” from participants.

Youth Radio reached out to Oakland Police Captain Leronne Armstrong and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to get their thoughts on last night’s protests, and how the deaths of Sterling and Castile impact the way the community views the police.

 

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