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*Oakland, Vigil For Murderer, Rapist,Carjacker Parolee Lovelle Mixon, Honored By International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement

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Emotions are still running high in Oakland today after the killings of four Oakland police officers by a wanted parolee in two related shootings Saturday.Hundreds of community members attended a vigil Tuesday night at the intersection of 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, where Sgt. Mark Dunakin and Officer John Hege were shot and mortally wounded by a wanted parolee who then killed two other officers in a shootout, Sgts. Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai, before being shot and killed himself.The four officers’ funeral is set for Friday and city officials expect tens of thousands of mourners to attend, including members of the Boston Police Department and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.However, a very different event is being held tonight, a march and vigil in memory of Lovelle Mixon, the 26-year-old gunman.The event, organized by the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Uhuru House at 7911 MacArthur Blvd.According to the organization’s Web site, the march is designed to “Uphold the Resistance of the African Community as Represented by Brother Lovelle Mixon.”Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said today he does not understand how people can be rallying in honor of Mixon.”I can’t get my brain around that concept,” Nelson said. “Here’s a guy who is a convicted carjacker … a murderer, and for people to rally around him, to me, is disgusting, and I think it’s terrible.”Barbara Lafitte-Oluwole, the program and operations manager for Oakland Community Organizations, does not condone the shootings but said they are a symptom of a larger problem with the prison system.”Our youth is being incarcerated, but not being rehabilitated,” Lafitte-Oluwole said. “(Mixon) had problems all his life, but never really got rehabilitated.”Oakland Community Organizations is a federation of community organizations in the city that attempts to give a voice to members of the community dealing with problems like crime, joblessness, and affordable housing.Lafitte-Oluwole said tensions have been especially high in the community in the months since the New Year’s Day fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III by a former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer, but “it’s not feelings that haven’t been there for a long time anyways.”Jason Hodge, a spokesman for Prayer Mission Christ Holy Church, located a block away from the spot where Dunakin and Hege were shot, said “there’s just a real sense of concern about the number of young people we’re producing with such harsh feelings toward police.” Hodge said members of the church generally feel that Mixon’s personal problems, such as a lack of a solid family life, led to the shootings, rather than a problem with law enforcement. “There’s a real sense among members that things are getting out of control,” Hodge said. “There’s a total breakdown of family values being taught, and that’s really what we think we see with this young man.”We’re hopeful that our city leadership will help get people unified and come up with solutions, because there seems to be a general lack of direction in Oakland right now,” he said. “There’s not enough support for the police, and we’re the ones paying the cost.”Jane Brunner, Oakland City Council president, said city officials have talked about “what went wrong, and what can the community do so that we catch someone (like Mixon) ahead of time so it doesn’t escalate to what happened.”Brunner said she is working with fellow council members Desley Brooks and Larry Reid to put a request before the City Council to take a stance calling for a federal ban on assault weapons.Brunner said she also works with Safe Passages, a partnership between the city of Oakland, Alameda County, and the Oakland Unified School District to facilitate improvements in the health, wellbeing and education of children in the city.Brunner said the city is mainly still in shock from the shootings and needs more time to mourn.”We’ve gotten condolence books (at City Hall) and there’s been a line of people writing in them every time I’ve gone through there,” she said. “People are just in mourning and are feeling for the families of the officers.”

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SMALL CROWD GATHERS TO SUPPORT MURDERER

Emotions are still running high in Oakland today after the killings of four Oakland police officers by a wanted parolee in two related shootings Saturday. Hundreds of community members attended a vigil Tuesday night at the intersection of 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, where Sgt. Mark Dunakin and Officer John Hege were shot and mortally wounded by a wanted parolee who then killed two other officers in a shootout, Sgts. Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai, before being shot and killed himself.The four officers’ funeral is set for Friday and city officials expect tens of thousands of mourners to attend, including members of the Boston Police Department and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.However, a very different event was held tonight, a march and vigil in memory of Lovelle Mixon, the 26-year-old gunman.The event, organized by the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement began at about 6 p.m. at the Uhuru House at 7911 MacArthur Blvd.According to the organization’s Web site, the march was designed to “Uphold the Resistance of the African Community as Represented by Brother Lovelle Mixon.”At about 7:15 p.m., about three dozen participants had gathered in a parking lot on 73rd Avenue near Eastmont police station, two blocks from the intersection where Dunakin and Hege were fatally shot.Two participants held a banner that read, “From lil’ Bobby Hutton to Oscar Grant, 41 years of police terror in Oakland, stop the war on the African community.”Additionally, some people had gathered on the corner of 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard and held candles in support of Mixon while others held posters with his picture.But on the other side of MacArthur Boulevard, candles were burning at a memorial for the officers. A flier posted at another officers’ memorial at the intersection read, “Sadness and compassion is the most correct response, not payback or revenge my black community.”Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said earlier today he does not understand how people can be rallying in honor of Mixon.”I can’t get my brain around that concept,” Nelson said. “Here’s a guy who is a convicted carjacker … a murderer, and for people to rally around him, to me, is disgusting, and I think it’s terrible.”Barbara Lafitte-Oluwole, the program and operations manager for Oakland Community Organizations, does not condone the shootings but said they are a symptom of a larger problem with the prison system.”Our youth is being incarcerated, but not being rehabilitated,” Lafitte-Oluwole said. “(Mixon) had problems all his life, but never really got rehabilitated.”Oakland Community Organizations is a federation of community organizations in the city that attempts to give a voice to members of the community dealing with problems like crime, joblessness, and affordable housing.Lafitte-Oluwole said tensions have been especially high in the community in the months since the New Year’s Day fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III by a former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer, but “it’s not feelings that haven’t been there for a long time anyways.”Jason Hodge, a spokesman for Prayer Mission Christ Holy Church, located a block away from the spot where Dunakin and Hege were shot, said “there’s just a real sense of concern about the number of young people we’re producing with such harsh feelings toward police.”Hodge said members of the church generally feel that Mixon’s
personal problems, such as a lack of a solid family life, led to the shootings, rather than a problem with law enforcement.”There’s a real sense among members that things are getting out of control,” Hodge said. “There’s a total breakdown of family values being taught, and that’s really what we think we see with this young man. “We’re hopeful that our city leadership will help get people unified and come up with solutions, because there seems to be a general lack of direction in Oakland right now,” he said. “There’s not enough support for the police, and we’re the ones paying the cost.”Jane Brunner, Oakland City Council president, said city officials have talked about “what went wrong, and what can the community do so that we catch someone (like Mixon) ahead of time so it doesn’t escalate to what happened.”Brunner said she is working with fellow council members Desley Brooks and Larry Reid to put a request before the City Council to take a stance calling for a federal ban on assault weapons. Brunner said she also works with Safe Passages, a partnership between the city of Oakland, Alameda County, and the Oakland Unified School District to facilitate improvements in the health, well-being and education of children in the city.Brunner said the city is mainly still in shock from the shootings and needs more time to mourn.”We’ve gotten condolence books (at City Hall) and there’s been a line of people writing in them every time I’ve gone through there,” she said. “People are just in mourning and are feeling for the families of the officers.”

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  • Look I am not saying that what he did was not wrong but look at all the innocent youth that the oakland police department has killed… I don’t hear anyone calling for the heads of the officers who do wrong in reality the OPD is still up hundreds of killings. Let me give you people a littlte knowledge any person being released from state prison has to submit to a DNA test. So he never would have been released if he was a rapist. Furthermore the police don’t want youth to idolize Mr. Mixon in a already volatile city (oakland) so what is the best way to turn young males off? Slander… this isn’t a race issue this is a prison system issue.. monitor the rehibilitation in the prison system if you want to see change. If you want to see prevent another incident like this then try to change the system in a positive manor. Give hope for the future.

  • I don’t know what’s sadder, 4 police officers trying to keep the streets safe from criminals like Lovelle Mixon or that people would prefer to keep him on the streets. I’m tired of people of color acting like they deserve some sort of sympathy for being of color. I heard and saw it everyday growing up. it sickens me to this day. I’m latino, I grew up in the mean streets of Washington Heights in NYC in the 80’s and 90’s when it was really bad. I knew people who were on their way to becoming lovelle Mixon. All i can say is that i am ashamed to be a person of color today. for all the idiots who will honor him for what he did, i hope one day you will need some protection from people like mixon and no one is there to help. Every one in the ghetto has problems. we can go around blaming all the white people for “holding us back” but the reality is that we hold our selves back. we think we deserve more because people treat us like shit so we should be compensated for that. we’re black latinos asains jews you name it. someone is always going to hate us. we allow them to make us feel inferior. the real question is are we? sure we live in ghettos, come from broken homes, have suffered tragedy after tragedy, but most of us endured. because we choose not to let anyone tell us who we are and what we can be. to say that a lack of solid family or any other stupid excuse is the reason he’s angry enough to kill 4 people is a complete cop out. the truth is he chose to to be what he was. he couldn’t get a job? neither can 75% of this country. keep looking. but mixon i guarantee would never work in mcdonalds or anywhere like that. he’s too good for that. so were a lot of kids on my block. so they CHOOSE an easier way. and they don’t care who they hurt. and apparently neither do those people honoring him. we all make choices, whether we choose to steer clear of gangs or leave a gang, or sell drugs, or do drugs, we make them. not society. no matter how many times you try to convince yourselves that society is to blame, the reality is he is to blame. everyone has a choice he chose his path and he paid for it. unfortunately so did 4 others. we all have problems, including racism, but we choose to let it bother us, to keep us down. so you people who will march for mixon, when some buthole red neck racist or any kind of racist calls you a ^%$ger, raise your mixon banners with pride and show them how much of a %^$ger you are.

  • The artical speaks of 41 years of “Police Brutality” in Oakland,..O.K.,..so, what are the numbers,..? Can anybody tell me,.? How many innocent citizens of Oakland have been “murdered” by the Police, in that time span,..as opposed to, how many innocent citizens have been “murdered”, by the likes of Lovelle Mixon, So, anyway,.. we are told that poor Lovelle, couln’t get a job,..So,..O.K.,then, where did he get the money, to buy the TWO guns, in his possession,..& what, exactly, did he plan to use those guns for anyway,.???

  • These 60 people give a new definition to the word stupid. How can anybody be so utterly disillusioned as to defend a rapist, robber, carjacker and murderer? I wonder who these 60 people are. (I’m sure that all 60 of them are law abiding, employed, tax paying, self reliant, responsible and moral folks. I’m sure that they raise their children in healthy, happy, God fearing homes. I’m sure that all 60 of them inspire their children with examples of God centered marriages and nuclear family values. I’m sure that all 60 of them are drug and alcohol free. I’m sure that all 60 of them value the property rights of others and are diligent recyclers. I’m sure that all 60 of them keep their music volume low enough that they don’t annoy the neighbors. I’m sure that all 60 of them get up really early, work hard at their jobs and come home to help their kids with homework.) I would like to suggest a utopia for these model citizens. Lets appropriate a couple acres of land in Oakland and donate it to them. We will decree this property as “police free zone”. The police will never enter to property to harass, annoy or arrest the residents. On the other hand, the police will never enter this area to protect these geniuses either. I’m sure that all 60 of them will respect each other’s property, lives and safety so much that they will never need police protection. They will live happily ever after while the rest of us continue to suffer under the oppresion of police. Has our society gone completely mad? I’m not just mourning the tragic loss of 4 policemen today. I’m also mourning the tragic loss of 60 human minds.

  • Someone needs to tell those baffoons, we have a African-American President, an African-American Mayor, an African-American Chief of Police,an African-American representative in congress and hundreds of African-American police officers on the Oakland Police Department. All those disgusting people want to do is to make excuses for our dysfunctional layer of criminals.

  • Wait a second I think I see that piece of CRAP John Burris leading the crowd. I’m sure his slim ball brain is trying to figure out a way to play the race card and sue the city for his greedy blood money hands. I got an idea John, why don’t you sue the dog catchers because they didn’t get that rabid dog Mixon off the streets before he murdered and raped innocent people.

  • I too am a black man and disgusted to even be a member of the same human race as those idiots. Mixon was an evil monster and is now burning hell and that’s exactly where those sinful people and their perverted church will go.

  • Is it just me or was it what appears to be 4 Officers that could be viewed as white killed by a person that could be viewed as black yet no protest for human rights, no turning over of cars, no smashing windows. I think Jim is right these officers were killed by a scum sucking murdering rapist thug that may have become this way because his church told him he has an excuse “a bad family life” Yes just a really bad person not a black man or a person of color in-fact no one in the human race wants to claim this bad seed. Good going church of whats happening now!!!

  • Tim I so agree with you I am so sick of all the excuses people make for their own lack of acting human. I am a black man and i hope people don’t feel we all agree with these dysfunctional organizations like International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement. These are people looking for excuses.These officers were killed by a very bad person not a “Black Man”

  • ”Hodge said members of the church generally feel that Mixon’s
    personal problems, such as a lack of a solid family life, led to the shootings, rather than a problem with law enforcement.”

    OMG I am trying to keep from puking on my key board

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