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Mehserle Verdict Planning

July 1st, 2010

Laney Colleagues and Student Leaders:

The College and District leadership are taking precautions in anticipation of possible responses to a verdict in the trial of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle.  (This is a case about a young man, Mr. Oscar Grant, who was wrongfully shot/killed by officer Mehserle.  Given evidence via videos and more, there was no apparent reason for this shooting.)

Please read the attached memorandum from our new Chancellor, Dr. Wise Allen, as it alerts us of the possible need to close one or more Peralta colleges in response to conditions surrounding the outcome of the verdict.  If closure is deemed necessary, the Laney leadership team will efficiently provide communications updates while also alerting you of the action(s) deemed necessary at the college beyond that that may be initiated at the District level Thanks to Chancellor Allen and the Peralta Police (County of Alameda Sheriff lieutenants and officers), we are assured sufficient presence of officers in key locations at the College.

Thanks to you and other professionals at Laney, we will safely respond to whatever occurs in a careful, respectful and responsible way.  It is possible that current Laney students, classified staff or faculty knew this Mr. Grant or members of his family.  At least members of our community are affected by the nature of this case.  Our sensitivity to all feelings associated with this matter is critical.  Each one of us must be mindful of our attitudes and actions including how we choose to display our beliefs about this case so as to avoid any harm to members of our community.

Our Peralta student Trustees and elected AS presidents will convene this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. via a phone conference to discuss “providing outreach and support to our student population after the verdict is rendered.  As some of you know we have had several students in LA during the trial.  As a means of support I would like to offer our students opportunities for expression and/or options for protest without violence” as conveyed by Trustee Storm.

An organized protest has been organized for today, Thursday, July 1st at 11 a.m. in downtown Oakland.  The focus is to provide a forum where youth and others can voice their concerns.  Led by the Oakland General Assembly for Justice for Oscar Grant, participants are urged “to look to each other for healing and solutions to community problems.”

Local elected officials including the Mayor and members of the City Council, the Oakland Chief of Police, the clergy, in addition to the leadership of a diverse set of community-based organizations throughout the East Bay are hoping for a peaceful protest.  Yet all are cautiously concerned about a negative response…independent of the outcome from this case.

I ask you to join me in expecting and encouraging civil discourse that leads to healthy solutions.

View message from Chancellor Wise E. Allen

http://www.peralta.edu/homex.asp?Q=Homepage

With appreciation,

Elñora Tena Webb, Ph.D

President

Laney Colleagues and Student Leaders:

学院和区领导正在对前地铁警察Johannes Mehserle的审判案采取相应的预防措施。(这件案子是关于一个被警官Mehserle误杀的年轻男人Oscar Grant。提交的录像和其他证据都不能提供明显的开枪理由。)

校长Allen和Peralta警方, 学院的重要地点将会有足够的警察在场。

今天,7月1日星期四,早上11点,一场有组织的抗议活动将在奥克兰市中心举行。目的是给人们提供一个发表言论的公众场合。由Oakland General Assembly for Justice for Oscar Grant带领,鼓励参与者“彼此依赖以寻找社区问题的康复和解决办法”

除了整个东湾各种各样的以社区为基础的行政领导之外,地方民选官员,包括市长和市议会成员,奥克兰最高警官和神职人员,都希望能够有一个和平的抗议活动。然而,大家都在担心着一个和这个案件结果无关的消极后果。

校长说:“由于学生和工作人员的安全是我们首要的关注对象,学院可能需要停课,并关闭一个或多个我们的学院(Berkeley学院,Alameda学院,Merritt学院)和/或地区办公室。我们将通知学生和工作人员是否应该发生,但我想尽快给你们通知,取消/关闭可能是必要的。”

请加入我们,共同期待和鼓励健康文明的解决方式。

Elñora Tena Webb, Ph.D.

President

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