In Oakland a pro-police, anti-violence march was met with severe pushback by anti-police demonstrators. All while they were calling for a coordinated stand against violence and crime.
Stand Against Violent Crime
A group of friends and family of gun violence crime victims marched with Oakland Police Chie LeRonne Armstrong in an effort to bring attention to ending violent crimes. The peaceful demonstration was met with antifa and anti-police protestors.
The confrontation led to intense arguments between the two groups. The group of crime victim families was made up of 200 black families while the anti- counterprotestors were predominantly white.
The “Stand Up for a Safe Oakland” group marched from the amphitheater to Lakeshore Avenue, where one individual was murdered and six others were hurt on Juneteenth.
“We continue to see shootings every night in the city. It is time we come together and we unite behind reducing gun violence in the city of Oakland. There are people in our community who don’t feel safe. There are seniors in our community who cannot come out at night. There are young, African-American men and Latino men that are at risk in our city.”Chief Armstrong
Crime Victim Advocates
One of the anti-violence marchers was Brenda Grisham. Her 17-year-old son was killed in 2010 in a shooting. She addressed the crowd during the event, and was one of many family members of victims of gun violence to speak.
Grisham said, ” We need your help-we need everyone’s help- because we want this to be the safest Oakland that we can possibly make it. It’s on all of us to build a safer city.”
A few in the group prayed for law enforcement in the city. Regina Jackson, who is part of the civilian-led Oakland Police Commission said, ” Anyone that doesn’t want a safe Oakland should really just get out. We need people to care about how our young people feel.”
The Anti Police-Terror Project marched in celebration of the Oakland Police Department’s defunding of $18 million, claiming they did not know Armstrong was marching that day.
Some protestors even went as far as to say the “Stand Up for a Safe Oakland” group hurt the BLM movement. The group called out the names of those killed in officer-involved incidents, including Oscar Grant, whose mother, Wanda Jackson was attending the pro-police rally.