News coverage: Protecting local businesses
San Francisco Chronicle
BART shooting victim’s family decries violence
Friday, January 9, 2009
Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker, newly elected Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan and Dellums deplored Wednesday night’s violence, saying it was unfair that minority-owned businesses were vandalized because of an incident their owners had nothing to do with.
“That’s no better than George Bush bombing Iraq to get back at al Qaeda,” Kaplan said.
The unrest resulted in arrests for a variety of offenses, including vandalism, arson, inciting a riot, gun possession and assault on a police officer, said Officer Jeff Thomason, an Oakland police spokesman.