Nothing Like A Cop Killer To Bring The Community Together
The photo I saw in the LA Times was a shot of a sad black woman holding a photo of a black man. The caption: “Oakland gunman remembered” — about a rally for Lovelle Mixon, shot and killed by Oakland police after he murdered FOUR officers on Saturday.
A rally for the cop killer? I had to look that up.
Sure enough, the community there managed to turn a cop murderer into a case of a black man rising up against white oppression. Here’s a report from Indybay.org (from somebody who apparently skipped some school, vis a vis “total estrangers” and creative punctuation):
Family friends and total estrangers gather today’s at the place where Lovell Mixon Ceased to exist in this physical form this past Saturday in Oakland CA. People were there to show solidarity and support and to tell the media and the whole police department that they can go to hell because “we don’t believe in the demonization of this modern day Malcolm X”. A Native American Man said ” the only raper i can really think of is the ones who came and rape my mother land”
Here’s the obscene Obama-ization of Mixon’s face posted on feministing, but created by Kevin Weston in collaboration with art director Arturo Tejeda to accompany this piece of tripe, also by Weston.
Here’s a YouTube video from the rally:
Hey, all you people at that rally — not every cop is a saint, but when somebody’s breaking into your house or doing a drive-by and you call 911, if I were a cop there, I sure wouldn’t be too fast risk my ass for ingrates like you. And I say that as somebody who has a close friend who’s a cop (a beautiful blonde cop) who worked the inner city as a rookie — her first day was during the L.A. riots — and who was beloved by some of the people on her beat, including the owners of a soul food restaurant (in other words, very non-white).
And regarding the “raper” reference above, here’s more on their beloved Lovelle Mixon from an SF Chron story by Jaxon Van Derbeken:
The day before the shootings, police learned that a sample of Mixon’s DNA taken after he was sent to prison in 2002 for assault with a deadly weapon matched the evidence recovered after the rape of the 12-year-old girl, police said.
Lt. Kevin Wiley, who oversees the sexual assault unit, said Tuesday that the girl had been walking in the 2600 block of 74th when she was grabbed and dragged off the street at gunpoint to a secluded area between homes and sexually assaulted. The attacker then let her go, and she told her parents what happened, police said.
Given the nature of the attack on a 12-year-old, police asked the state Justice Department laboratory in Richmond to rush tests of a DNA sample from the rape to compare it with a database of the state’s inmates.
Not enough time
The match to Mixon came back Friday afternoon, but police still would have needed to take a comparison sample from Mixon for him to be charged, investigators said.
Police would not go into detail about the other rapes. But they said that at least one happened this month and that another woman was dragged off the street and raped in the neighborhood in January.
The victim in that rape told police that the attacker “came up behind her. She was savagely raped and sodomized,” said Sgt. Jill Encinas of the police special victims unit.
DNA tests in that case are pending, Encinas said.
Police said several victims of the early morning attacks were prostitutes or people the attacker may have believed were prostitutes. The East Oakland area, however, is not known for prostitution, Wiley said.
Most victims did not get a look at the attacker, but the 12-year-old girl did, Encinas said.
She helped police come up with a sketch of the rapist that strongly resembles Mixon, Encinas said. “It’s pretty dead-on,” she said.
Oh, and by the way, Mixon “executed one of the officers by standing over and shooting him in the head,” a KRON/Kimberlee Sakamoto story said:
Officials also confirm to KRON 4 that Mixon had tattoos glorifying gun violence. One is of him holding an assault rifle and the other glorifies shooting people in the head.
Here’s video of officers from around the country and Canada showing up to mourn the murdered officers (note that a number of them are black):
Here, from an SF Chron story by Demian Bulwa and Jaxon Van Derbeken, is more on the other cops who were murdered by Mixon:
According to authorities, Lovelle Mixon used a semiautomatic pistol to shoot and kill Hege and Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, two motorcycle officers who pulled him over during a routine traffic stop. Two hours later, Mixon, who was holed up in his sister’s nearby apartment, opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle, killing SWAT team sergeants Ervin Romans, 43, and Daniel Sakai, 35.
Another SWAT team officer, Sgt. Pat Gonzales, also was shot: A bullet ripped through his left shoulder, and another ricocheted off his helmet. He was treated for his injuries and released.
The chaotic shootout occurred in a darkened apartment filled with smoke from officers’ nonlethal shock grenades and dust from bullets ripping through drywall. It ended when SWAT team officers returned fired and killed Mixon, authorities said.
…Law enforcement authorities revealed Sunday that Mixon had been investigated last year in another homicide case in Alameda County. Details of that slaying were not immediately released, but prosecutors found there was not enough evidence to charge him.
…Oakland investigators said they were not aware of Mixon’s possible connection to the earlier slaying. They said they were perplexed about what triggered Mixon’s sudden outburst of violence against their officers.
“This is a strange one,” said Oakland police Capt. Steve Tull, who is overseeing the investigation. “We don’t know what his motivation is.” If authorities found he had violated the conditions of his parole, Mixon would have faced at most six months in prison, Tull said.
Mixon “weighed six months” against his own life and the lives of the officers, Tull said.
He was an animal who belonged in a cage.
Condolences to the families of the murdered police officers.