About two dozen people marched through East Oakland to rally in memory of Lovelle Mixon, who shot and killed four Oakland police officers before he was shot down by law enforcement agents not far from where the gathering began Wednesday evening, at MacArthur Boulevard and 79th Avenue.
The rally and vigil organized by the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement was meant to call attention to what they called victims of police violence. Anger at what neighborhood residents called racial profiling, bullying, arbitrary stops and harassment by police was palpable in the Uhuru meeting hall before the march began.
"Police feel like they can do whatever they want, whenever they want," said one man who livesnearby.
Others were outraged at the outpouring of support and donations for the four officers killed, while Mixon's family has received none.
Mixon's mother and other supporters wore T-shirts with a picture of Mixon on the front and the quote, "Smile Now. Cry Later."
"He was a happy person," his mother said. "He smiled a lot."
More urgent was the need to calm tensions and prevent other young men from following Mixon's example of shooting at police when they are stopped by officers, said Robert Harris, a longtime East Oakland resident. "That's why we need someone here to listen," he said.
This was a tragedy for everyone, he added. "There are no heroes. There are no winners."