On Friday June 12, 2015, police shot and killed Demouria Hogg. To protest the death of this young man several supports, activist and demonstrators came together and locked arms blocking a busy intersection. It was not until 10 pm did this protesters break apart.The rally and protest march was held for Demouria Hogg, who was shot by officers last Saturday after they found him unconscious in his car on a freeway off ramp with a handgun on the passenger seat.Police said they tried for roughly an hour to wake Hogg, using a loudspeaker, then beanbag rounds, and finally a large metal pole to break the passenger side window of his car in an attempt to get his attention. On the last attempt, officers approached the car and when Hogg awoke, a confrontation ensued, which ultimately led to his death, according to police. Police have not said what happened during the confrontation. Several hundred people began gathering around 6 p.m. at the corner of Lakeshore and Lake Park avenues, where a group of protesters sat down in the middle of the street, blocking traffic.
The group of protesters that marched for this young man blocked the corner of Lakeshore and Lake Park avenues for two two hours then together marched around the area before returning.
Police involvement surprisingly was not heavy. Instead of police using force to direct protestors, they instead directed traffic. At one point they tried to get protesters to one side of the street but failed to do so as the crowd stood strong.
Many Oakland organizations coming together in support of demanding justice, made the event even more powerful. Gerald Smith of the Oscar Grant Committee said,” We have to demonstrate, It's important, but it's not enough. We have to organize. Our enemies are powerful and it's our organization that gives us power.”
The strength of many Oakland Organizations coming together can create a powerful voice.