Tuesday Must Reads: At Least Two People Injured in Oakland Protests; Feds Are Unlikely to Go After Zimmerman



Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. At least two people were injured last night during the third night of protests in downtown Oakland, including a waiter at the restaurant Flora, who was struck in the face by a protester wielding a hammer, the Trib reports. "Protesters with black masks approached the window and tried to bang at it," bartender Phillip Ricafort told the Trib. "(The waiter) said, 'Don't do that!' and the guy turned around and smacked him in the face with a hammer" or another metal object. A demonstrator was injured when hit by a police-fired projectile. Protesters clashed with riot-gear-wearing police at about 11 p.m. Earlier in the evening, a group of demonstrators shut down 880. Police arrested at least nine people last night.

George Zimmerman
  • George Zimmerman
2. Legal experts say federal prosecutors likely will not charge George Zimmerman with violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights for killing the unarmed teenager in Florida, because such cases are extremely difficult to prove, the LA Times$ reports. As a result, the only legal avenue available for the Martin’s family is to sue Zimmerman, who was acquitted Saturday of murder and manslaughter charges in Martin’s death. That’s what happened to Bernard Goetz, the Subway Vigilante who shot teenagers who tried mug him, and was later ordered to pay $43 million to victims’ families.

3. The state Supreme Court refused to stop same-sex marriages in California, but agreed to hear arguments over whether the US Supreme Court’s decision on Prop 8 only applied to Alameda and Los Angeles counties, where the two couples who brought the case against Prop 8 live, the LA Times$ reports.

4. A judge is calling for Lorna Brown, a prominent Oakland attorney, to lose her law license for four years for her role in helping Yusuf Bey IV smuggle a hit-list out of jail, the Trib reports. Brown has said that she thought the list of witnesses that Bey IV wanted killed was a love letter.

5. And the East Bay Regional Parks board of directors will consider adding up to sixteen new park sites to its park system in Alameda and Contra Costa counties at its meeting in Oakland today, the CoCo Times reports.