Community tunes into officers' memorial

March 27, 2009 7:45:03 PM PDT
Not everyone who wanted to was able to attend the service for the fallen Oakland officers at Oracle Arena Friday. Part of the overflow crowd viewed the service on a big screen from the Oakland Coliseum. There were also viewing centers around town.

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At a downtown Oakland salon, a woman wept while watching the officers' memorial on television. The salon own said she did not know how to express her sadness. She is praying for the officers who lost their lives and families that are left behind, but does not judge the man who killed the officers.

"We don't know what happened; only god knows so I don't judge anybody," Leemu Tokpa said.

People were also watching the service at Anamaria's Salon on Fruitvale Avenue.

"It's sad because their job is a very dangerous situation, and a lot of people don't think about it, how they're risking their lives to protect us citizens," Anamaria Becerra said.

The city of Oakland designated 10 recreation centers as gathering places for people who wanted to watch the service or discuss the shootings. Not many came, but the city was ready just in case.

Edward Moore watched at a recreation center on International Boulevard. He says his heart goes out to all the families, including the family of the man who killed the officers.

"I'm an optimist, so I'm optimistic that some of the tension can be dealt with, however I do see it being a lengthy process and a really delicate situation," Moore said.

People also continued to stop by the sidewalk memorials for the officers and the shooter.

The city of Oakland has said it is considering having another set of community conversations at the recreation centers sometime on the future.


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