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Police Arrest Occupy Oakland Protesters


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: occupy oakland, ows, police, government, freedoms )

William
- 1041 days ago - sfgate.com
Oakland police have begun arresting protesters at the sprawling Occupy Oakland encampment outside City Hall while hundreds of law-enforcement officers square off against protesters downtown in the second such raid of the tent city.



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Kristen H. (25)
Monday November 14, 2011, 7:34 am
totally unnecessary. viva the 99%!
 

Victor M. (236)
Monday November 14, 2011, 8:13 am
Viva!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 14, 2011, 8:18 am
Today's police action prompted Quan's legal advisor, Dan Siegel, to resign his position. He said the city should have worked harder to work with the campers.
"The city sent police to evict this camp, arrest people and potentially hurt them. Obviously, we're not on the same page. It's an amazing show of force to move tents from a public place," Siegel said.~~~~from the San Francisco Gate story.

It would appear to me that the protestors might get a little traction, if they were to focus on putting pressure on Mayor Quan to resign office. She looks very vulnerable, now. Root out all the phony "99" police provocateurs, also.

Keep on Keeping on! Protesters!



 

Arielle S. (317)
Monday November 14, 2011, 9:55 am
Dan Siegel seems to be the only one with half a brain there - If anyone had attempted to work with the protesters, the entire thing might have been quietly ignored - now that there are arrests and injuries, people will get angry (or is it angrier?)
 

Joe R. (189)
Monday November 14, 2011, 1:38 pm
What's next?
 

Carrie B. (305)
Monday November 14, 2011, 2:40 pm
Not a surprise, but very unsettling!
 

Jae A. (323)
Monday November 14, 2011, 2:50 pm
I think HorsehockeyHorace is on to a good idea....go after their major to resign !

..this is just more proof that we have the right to protest as long as it is 24/7 and in public !
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Monday November 14, 2011, 4:55 pm
Thanks William, There are so many factors involved, it is difficult to focus. The 'shotgun' approach is not being effective. It is inciting the common reaction to fear of the uncontrollable by the PTB's, violence. The positive's will filter out and up of the chaos eventually but not without loss on both sides - whatever they may be. Many of us ( or perhaps just me) simply do not know of an outcome that will be beneficial or the compromises that must be made. ?
 

Myriam G. (33)
Monday November 14, 2011, 5:22 pm
They showed the arrests on French Canadian TV. It looked scary.
I hope you and all your friends are safe, William.
You guys are brothers and sisters to me.
 

. (0)
Monday November 14, 2011, 5:36 pm
noted
 

Diana W. (2)
Monday November 14, 2011, 6:21 pm
Noted.
Quan is giving Oakland a black eye........
 

Bianca D. (86)
Monday November 14, 2011, 6:24 pm
In England we once witnessed what was nearly a violent showdown btwn two groups of football (soccer) fans - the kind who like to get drunk and then beat the tar out of each other (known to some as hooligans). If it had been in the YouTube days, I would have filmed it and everyone who saw the vid would have been blown away by the amazing control and behaviour of the police officers. The hooligans had been drinking, were armed with bats, and were totally spoiling for a big fight. The were at the raging bull stage of drunk, not the falling down dunno where I am kind of drunk. We later found out that because someone had blown the whistle on their first venue of choice, they had decided to relocate to the street in front of our apartment.

It really was scary to watch them. We and several of our neighbours called the police who showed up very quickly (with a paddy wagon) just as the bravura and shouting was turning into shoving, belting and full fledged brawling.

What was truly amazing is that the police in those days were unarmed. The first officers out just approached the would-be brawlers and those with helmets and shields waited by the paddy wagon. A measured response if ever there was one and my husband and I thought, Heavens! They're brave! The officers approached the hooligans and over the course of about ten minutes talked them down with no physical violence whatsoever. There was was some very vocal grousing by some, but not a punch was thrown. Some of the "offenders" were deemed too drunk or too wildy to be left to their own devices and were taken away in the paddy wagon for disturbing the peace. The others dispersed on foot, the two different bands each followed by a bobby to make sure no rematches were scheduled. As the new renters in the building we asked our neighbours if this was a frequent occurrence and they said, the rumbles sure were and the police didn't always get there in time to prevent the hooligans from really hurting each other, but that the police almost never resorted to using physical force.

I'm sure you've figured out by now that the reason I'm telling this story is to give a real life example that demonstrates that violent intervention is a choice. Even when those hooligans were doing everything in their power to make the officers lose their cool, the keepers of public peace did precisely that in every sense of the phrase. There are alternatives that do not involve intimidation, force, pain, humilliation, violence or rudeness. It is a matter of choice.
 

Jae A. (323)
Monday November 14, 2011, 7:44 pm
[my above comment corrections..sigh]

I think HorsehockeyHorace is on to a good idea....go after their 'mayor' to resign !

..this is just more proof that we have the right to protest as long as it is NOT 24/7 and NOT in public !
 

William K. (328)
Monday November 14, 2011, 8:45 pm
The protesters have moved back to the Plaza. Gas masks are being sold for $5 apiece (I want one!). Businesses are boarding up their windows. It could be a rough night.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 14, 2011, 10:13 pm
Oh, if I were younger, I'd be in the midst of it.

I was there with Martin Luther King.
 

Pat A. (117)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 1:04 am
Tried to send Bianca D a green star but couldn't as already have done so this week - sorry! It just shows what can be done if the police actually WANT to make a peaceful intervention....
 

KS Goh (0)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 5:09 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Brian M. (153)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 10:22 am
We need citizen journalists recording every instance of police brutality and excess use of force. We need badge numbers and faces and events documented and posted on you-tube and other social media outlets.

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