Was Rape the Motive? It Doesn’t Add Up

We may never know for sure why Lovelle Mixon killed four Oakland cops, but the revelation that DNA evidence had linked him to a rape provides another possible motive. Or does it? There is no doubt that a rape conviction would result in far more prison time than a parole violation – the other possible motive for why Mixon went on his cop-killing rampage. But at this point, it seems unlikely that he would have suspected that cops were after him for the rape case. According to the Chron, the rape victim did not know her attacker. Moreover, Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan told the newspaper that Oakland police may have had a “run-in” with Mixon in the days before the shooting. So if cops didn’t arrest him then for rape, why would Mixon think they would arrest him for it a few days later? It doesn’t add up. Mixon would not have known that investigators had discovered the DNA link a day before the shootings.

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