Oakland Voices on Ferguson

t OO 10 25 12 Oscar Gant PlazaSome of the Oakland Voices correspondents decided to share their thoughts and reactions to the events in Ferguson following the police fatal shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager. Did they see similarities to Oakland in terms of the tensions between police officers and communities of color? Did they have experiences, good or bad, with police officers here? Here are their thoughtful and heartfelt responses.


About Brenda Payton

Brenda Payton has been a journalist for 40 years. She was a columnist at the Oakland Tribune for 26 years. She contributed to KQED radio’s Perspective series for 20 years. She was a co -producer of “Your Loan Is Denied,” a documentary about lending discrimination that aired on PBS’ Frontline. She was a reporter at the San Francisco Examiner, the Boston Phoenix and the New Bedford Standard Times. She was a lecturer at San Francisco State University, teaching newswriting, reporting and feature writing. View all posts by Brenda Payton →

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