In a city where 1,077 shootings were reported in 2011, no one is affected more than the city’s young people—city and community leaders say shootings of minors are not only particularly tragic but deeply affect them for years to come. Of the 1,594 reported shooting victims in Oakland last year, 143 were 17 years old or younger, according to data from the Oakland Police Department. Of these, six shootings were fatal. Some—including Howard—say the danger of gun violence among the city’s young people is increasing. “Today you got men teaching their children, “He gonna be the next me, he gonna be the next killer,’” Howard said. “It’s getting worse.”
I hope most of you know this already, but just incase you don’t this is Scott Olsen. He is a Marine who has served two tours of duty in Iraq, he is currently in critical condition because of a tear gas canister that hit him in his head, launched by the police, in Oakland Tuesday night.
When his fellow protesters gathered around him crying “help him, help him,” the police, less than 10 feet away threw another canister into the group of protesters to disperse them.
This man fought for our country in Iraq, but was put in the hospital by our domestic police force for peacefully standing for our country at home.