After observing how Pitt students responded to police tactics in Oakland, I call on all Pitt students (and everyone else) to do the right thing -- and refrain from damaging independent, local businesses.
I wish I could buy a beer for the student who responded to a police directive to 'go home' by pointing out, "We are home."
Were I the owner of a newly open-air chain restaurant in Oakland -- or the landlord of any potentially open-air chain restaurant anywhere in the East End -- I would be calling the mayor's office to request a revised approach for Friday's festivities. If students wish to assemble peaceably, a strategy of provoking them to riot seems to have been discredited.
You kids be careful out there. Beware surveillance cameras. No distinctive clothing. And it's only good if no one -- on any side -- gets hurt.
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