Occupy Oakland: Police Release Their Own Videos Detailing Chaotic Raid

Categories: Occupy Bay Area
Oakland Police were wearing video cameras the morning they raided the Occupy Oakland camp two weeks ago, which quickly degenerated into chaos and violence. And with their own surveillance, comes the officers' own perspective on what happened that morning.

In the wake of massive criticism over police and their heavy-handed use of force, Oakland PD decided to release some of the footage for all to see. Here are a few clips:

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"The images contained in this release are only a portion of what was captured," Oakland police said in a statement. "There are many hours of footage still being reviewed.... The officers were subjected to numerous assaults by the crowd throughout the
incident."
Here's another clip showing protesters throwing objects at police:
 
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Meanwhile, a embattled Mayor Jean Quan continues to push for Occupy Oakland protesters to meet with her and discuss the future of the growing movement, which has turned Frank Ogawa Plaza into a makeshift community. The camp has grown to about 180 tents -- all filled with protesters. But businesses, especially in downtown where the economy was just starting to boom, are growing resentful of the squatters, saying business has been shot to hell since the protesters moved into downtown Oakland. The business community has been pressuring Quan to uproot the protesters.

"This situation is costing us real jobs," Quan said in a statement. "We can't afford to lose a single job."

To make matters even more tense, Oakland police are reportedly planning to cancel all training exercises next week. The Chron's Matier & Ross say a source inside the police department told them that this is an indication that police are making plans to clear out the Occupy Oakland camp -- again.

The cancellation coincided with Quan's Tuesday warning to the Occupy camp that "we cannot ignore violence, property destruction and health and safety issues in Frank Ogawa Plaza," the Chron reports.

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Bluemeadow
Bluemeadow

Sure... cause a balloon filled with paint is equivalent to tear gas and rubber bullets.

Stoneboiler
Stoneboiler

Too many people have legitimate gripes, it is not going to end until there is change, The idiot Republicans didn;t listen to Obama's call for gradual and real change, now it is in the hands of the "Great Beast" the American people.

Do you think the people are just going to go home(if they still have one)and wait for the insanity and greed on Wall Street) to subside on its own?

Nortonsf
Nortonsf

Despite what is implied in this article, neither of these clips are from the morning raid on Occupy Oakland. They are clips of one incident that took place during the march later that afternoon, in response to the morning raid.

WezVoo
WezVoo

lol, I am sure these are carefully selectd clips to make them look justified. Stupid cops!anon-web.us.tc

Dudedudedudemanthing
Dudedudedudemanthing

This is supposed to change our minds?  As the police are unjustly arresting a peaceful protester (Okay, so I assume, but really if you look at the majority of the videos its quite obviously police brutality, and I have no reason to assume otherwise in this instance), and macing people, cracking skulls with batons,  and using tear gas and other so called "non lethal weapons" to disperse crowds exercising their 1st amendment right.  And they get hit with a bit of paint in return. OH DEAR GOD NOT THE PAINT.  Time to start cracking skulls, am I right?  The people have obvious reasons to be angry about the oppression and brutality they face on a daily basis.  Is it right to throw things at the cops?  Not really, it could be argued, but these cops are not protecting our citizens, they are not protecting our rights, then what are they protecting?  Why should we respect these people that are quite literally beating us down?

Moffsa
Moffsa

What about the rocks that was thrown? bottles? and other objects??? you throw a rock at me, i will fuck u up too. Go cops! You deserve the OT.

Albert
Albert

What sucks about that is, the guys in Iraq and Afghanistan can't do anything to the people who do the same thing to them, but the police here can beat, pepper spray, shoot rubber bullets, bean bags, and arrest for the same thing.  

Moffasa
Moffasa

you are stupid. paint is chemicals and harmful if it gets into eye. stop complaining you stupid hippy. you attack cops, expect to get attacked back and its not police brutality. stupid broke ass lazy freeloading volunteering for life hippy. i hope you guys protest more so the lovely cops can get more overtime on top of their 6 figure salary.

RedMilitant
RedMilitant

Agreed, who wants "silverlight"?

As for the clearing of the camp, once a fascist always a fascist huh Jean?

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

"Please install Silverlight"? No thanks!

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