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Oakland Police Sued Over 'Occupy' Crowd Tactics

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

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Civil rights groups have filed a suit against the city of Oakland in an attempt to prevent police there from using tear gas and other crowd control weapons on protesters associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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Sue H (7)
Monday November 14, 2011, 9:54 pm
Who didn't see this coming?? I think Quan really missed the point on this and cost Oakland dollars they
don't have or could have used for much more positive things.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 14, 2011, 10:07 pm
Sue Quan himself.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday November 14, 2011, 11:13 pm
ACLU:) Excellent
I joined when bush stole the white house in 2000.
Thank you William

P A (117)
Monday November 14, 2011, 11:32 pm
The power of the dollar is all these people understand!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 1:29 am
Just saw this on an Animal rights groups page. Said the raid is happening right now

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 5:10 am
Good for the people of Oakland. The corporate masters and their puppets must soon realize that we are not going away.

Carlene V (202)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 5:17 am
Quan can't make up her mind. She waivers to a different stand every day. It is sad it has come to this, some of the cops are the 99%, other's not so much...I heard that money from Oakland's OWS was deposited into a Well Fargo Bank, does anyone know for sure? Money on both sides could be better spent.

Swadeep Reddy (17)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 5:58 am
ALL HAIL buddies, Fight till we get(justice).

Joe R (190)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 7:53 am
Way to go ACLU and National Lawyers Guild.

Phyllis P (237)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 8:16 am
Yes....keep them between the lines. How convenient of the police to stike @ 1:00 am.

Emily B (0)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 9:35 am

Barbara W (342)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 9:50 am
You cannot currently send a star to William because you have done so within the last week.

And there will be many more lawsuits as the blue suits are used to abuse their power serving the 1%!
Gr$$dy Fools never seem to learn from history. One can only turn the other cheek until the cheek stings from the pain of the unbridled unfettered oppression delivered by fools on a fools quest!

Inside Occupy Wall Street Raid: Eyewitnesses Describe Arrests, Beatings As Police Dismantle Camp This movement has only just begun! I "Dare" Dream! will air soon. TROTP will occupy and deliver the hopes and dreams and ideas of the forgotten 99%.

Adam C (1)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 12:46 pm
Carlene: The money from OWS sent to aid OO was deposited in the account of a friendly attorney as a purely temporary measure because of fund transfer issues. The friend in question hadn't closed his accounts with WFB yet when it happened. As I understand it, the money is now parked elsewhere.

Bill E (41)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 1:06 pm
I am not surprised. They used excessive force. Their excuse for shutting the peaceful demonstrators down was criminal activity. This is not strange, since the Occupy group was in a high crime area.
This is not the place to crack down on free speech. It is a terrible waste of public money and a misuse of our police. The police should be keeping the peace and protecting people not act like aggressors and hired thugs.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 1:12 pm
Woo Hoo............! And I'm sure their will be many many more suits filed. Bravo Occupy........!

. (0)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 2:22 pm
What could these protesters have done to justify the use of tear gas!

Adam C (1)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 2:28 pm
Allen, the short answer is: the Occupiers have had the gall to object to the status quo in a way that was popular and effective. The police in these situations--as in the early hours of this morning in NYC, or a couple of days ago in Chapel Hill, or a few days before that in Denver--are functioning as *terrorists*. The goal of these actions is to make us shut up and go away and cower in isolation as the corporate oligarchy, aka the 1%, continues to loot the government, our labor, our accumulated wealth, and the entire biosphere.

M B (62)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 3:18 pm
I expected this to happen - I guess they know somehow that OWS is right; that's why they need to shut them up ! Shame on the policeforces and the ones who hide behind them.

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 5:52 pm
Somehow I don't understand why the mayor isn't being sued, too. She was the one who originally allowed the demonstrators to camp out, which they were doing peacefully. Then she decided she didn't want them there anymore and sent in the police to get them out with whatever means necessary, in the middle of the night. Violence wasn't necessary, but the police pushed, demonstrators pushed back, and now it's a big mess. Wondering what she expected... I also have a hard time understanding why some people think only of the money it's going to cost the City of Oakland, not taking into consideration the moral or legal aspect of people's rights.

Fred Krohn (34)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 6:29 pm
Had the 'Occupy' movement not been tainted by accepting money from the Communists and Nazis, I might actually have some sympathy for them. The money trails are clear: ACP and Aryan Nation funds are going to these idiot protests. I'll stick with nominal support of Tea Party.

Brent M. (0)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 8:35 pm
thanks for this

Alicia N (87)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 8:49 pm
good for the people of Oakland and good luck to all of them, thanks

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 8:49 pm
Thank you for keeping us posted.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 8:51 pm
Throw the book at them!

Judy C (97)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 10:43 pm
I'm glad to hear this, William I watched a lot of the streaming video, and the Oaklsnd police were clearly out of line.

William K (308)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 11:05 pm
The police are being targeted, I suspect, because of the Negotiated Settlement Agreement from the "Riders" case. Their actions against Occupy Oakland may be in violation of Federal Court orders for OPD reform. Learn the name "Judge Thelton Henderson." You will be hearing it more often, I suspect.

All about OPD misconduct historically, the Federal scrutiny they are under, and how their handling of Occupy Oakland is bringing them back under scrutiny.


Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 7:51 am
It is good that Wm. keeps us informed of this first hand, from the side of those protesting.

Robert B (60)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 8:25 am
Had congress no allowed itself to be corrupted by Wall Street, we would not be having this problem.
Congress changed the rules by allowing themselves the freedom to use insider info to make stock trades. Why do you think they always come out multimillionaires when they finally leave congress. If the average american did what they are allowed to do inside the beltway they would be in jail. The occupy movement needs to focus on stopping congress and their cronies from stealing.
See the documentary: "INSIDE JOB" and pass it on.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 10:28 am
Let no one escape legal, personal, or political responsibility for the crimes committed in the name of "I was only following orders." That includes the corporate-owned and operated Quan.

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Amena Andersson (187)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 5:12 pm
Noted and shared,thanks.

Diane Stollger (40)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 11:28 pm
Thanks so much William. I hate to see things get so ugly out there.

Lin Penrose (92)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:33 am
Noted, thanks William. Big changes and attempts to change the status quo nearly always equal chaos and costs of many types. Who did what to whom, petty and serious rights & wrongs become entirely mixed up. The original issues may be lost if focus isn't maintained. That is one of the tactics being used by the 98/99//% now against Occupiers everywhere as in Oakland.

Charles Wallis (111)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:57 am
The police officers involved in beatings, macing, etc.. should all be fired immediately.

Kris B (136)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 5:18 pm
the US is showing that it is a police country run by the corporations (1%). I love watching all the videos that real people have posted on utube. I would love to be in the US to take part in this movement.
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