December 13, 2014

Oakland Protests: Helicopters and Search Lights

I live a few blocks from where the protests have been taking place in Oakland near Highway 580 and Lake Merritt. The helicopters overhead are so frequent that it has become a background noise over the past several weeks. But just now one of those helicopters shined its light into my house, through the kitchen window, landing on me at my computer. That gave me a very uneasy feeling. My uneasiness is not that there could be protesters nearby but rather that even in my home, I can be impacted by the tactics of the police. That really hit home.