Michael Brown's death at the hands of Ferguson police is an all too familiar scenario for Bay Area residents. Oakland and San Francisco lost two of their own, Oscar Grant and Alex Nieto, at the hands of local police.
But as hundreds of peaceful demonstrators in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza took part in the National Moment of Silence in honor of Brown, that quiet was disrupted by the loud chop-chop-chop of a helicopter hovering directly overhead. Read more »
Tree-sitting is nothing new. It's happened all over California, going back decades. It's a dangerous, but often effective protest tool that stops logging in its tracks.
Nobody with any official sanction is going to cut down a tree while there's a human perched in it -- and it's been notoriously difficult for the authorities to remove people from platforms high above the forest.
And now, in Mendocino County, police response has entered a new phase.Read more »