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25 March, 2009

Oakland massacre casts ugly glare on ex-felon desperation

Lovelle Mixon, an unemployed ex-felon, shot and killed four police officers in Oakland, near San Francisco. He was trying to avoid going back to jail and he was unable to find employment that might have given him a second chance. It’s a story repeated all over America, even if it does not always end in a killing spree as it did in Oakland, says New America Media contributing editor Earl Ofari Hutchinson.

Though Mixon’s killing spree is a horrible aberration, his plight as an unemployed ex-felon isn’t. There are tens of thousands like him on America’s streets, says Hutchinson.

Full report here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are plenty of people who aren't felons who don't have jobs as well. I'd rather hire one of them than a felon any day.