3.22.10: One year after the Oakland Police Department shootings
on March 22, 2010
Lovelle Mixon,a 26-year-old parolee, killed four Oakland Police Department officers on March 21, 2009 after a traffic stop. Mixon was shot dead later by other officers on the scene. The friends and family of the slain OPD officers are coping as best as they can.
Mixon was wanted for skipping out on a meeting with his parole officer. DNA tests showed that Mixon had raped a 12-year-old girl a month earlier, and had raped two women on the morning he killed the officers. In spite of this, there are many who feel such strong anger towards the police that they laude Mixon as a hero. Journalism school student N’Jeri Eaton documented this controversial view in a TV story she produced last Spring.
Health care reform was passed yesterday. It is likely California will affected by the legislation more than any other state.
Oakland North welcomes comments from our readers, but we ask users to keep all discussion civil and on-topic. Comments post automatically without review from our staff, but we reserve the right to delete material that is libelous, a personal attack, or spam. We request that commenters consistently use the same login name. Comments from the same user posted under multiple aliases may be deleted. Oakland North assumes no liability for comments posted to the site and no endorsement is implied; commenters are solely responsible for their own content.
Oakland North is an online news service produced by students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and covering Oakland, California. Our goals are to improve local coverage, innovate with digital media, and listen to you–about the issues that concern you and the reporting you’d like to see in your community. Please send news tips to: email@example.com.