I know this sounds strange, but I don’t have a strong opinion on the verdict. My loathing of Oakland lawlessness and law enforcement officials are both pretty high, so my biases cancel each other out.
I can’t pretend to have an informed opinion on the trial. I haven’t read the court transcripts. That said, from watching the video and reading the press coverage, it struck me as a case of voluntary manslaughter. But I don’t pretend to be more informed than the jury.
It should be made clear that the trial was not held in Oakland, and that the defendant was not an Oakland police officer, but that Oakland was merely the scene of the crime.
Why was I there? I work in downtown Oakland. I was on my way home.