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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 1, 2010 / 19 Tammuz, 5770

Rodney king redux coming?

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I wrote for the Los Angeles Daily News during the Rodney King riots in 1992. I remember the first time I saw the shocking videotape of a group of officers beating and kicking a lone black motorist. Then I followed the trial of four police officers, the not-guilty verdicts, the rage and the ugliness. Six days of rioting left parts of Los Angeles charred and 54 people dead.

As Oakland, Calif., awaits the verdict in the trial of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle for the 2009 New Year's Day shooting of Oscar Grant, some officials fear that violence will erupt in Oakland if the Los Angeles jury delivers a verdict that enrages area anarchists.

For one thing, it is possible the jury of seven whites, four Latinos and one decline-to-state individual will acquit Mehserle, who pleaded not guilty and testified that he meant to shock Grant, 22, with a Taser but accidentally fired his gun.

Judge Robert Perry, however, did Oakland a big favor Wednesday when he ruled out first-degree murder. As Demian Bulwa of the San Francisco Chronicle reported, the judge said he saw no evidence of premeditation.

In that jurors generally don't like to convict people who have put their own bodies on the line to protect the public at large, the judge has given this panel options to redress the lethal consequences of Mehserle's actions. Over the objections of both the prosecution and defense, Perry gave jurors the option of convicting Mehserle of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. From my limited newspaper perch, a manslaughter conviction seems far more likely than a murder conviction.

But beware. From the early days of this case, some individuals have made it clear that they will be satisfied with nothing less than a conviction for murder. John Burris, who is representing Grant's family in a civil lawsuit against BART, said at the time the Alameda County district attorney charged Mehserle with murder, "Anything less than murder would not have been satisfying."

When activists tried to organize peaceful protests of the shooting in January 2009, anarchists hijacked the protests. Local businesses were trashed, Oaktown cars were torched and more than 100 individuals -- most from out of town -- were arrested.

"The first time, we were maybe caught off-guard," City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente, who represents the Fruitvale district where Grant was shot, told me. "This time, there's no excuse."

Authorities cannot allow the situation to get out of control.

I remember the way Los Angeles felt after the Rodney King riots -- scared, angry and ashamed.

We don't know what the jury's verdict will be, but we do know that Oakland is forewarned. If the verdict seems unjust, the answer is not to create more victims.

Or, as De La Fuente put it, "Don't let this thing escalate because of outside agitators. They are not here for Oscar Grant."

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