Mayor Jean Quan Calls on Occupy Wall Street to "Disown" Occupy Oakland

Categories: Occupy Bay Area
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Kate Conger
Perhaps a conference call is in order?
After a weekend of epic chaos that led to more than 400 arrests in downtown Oakland, Mayor Jean Quan says she is going to place a call to New York City -- home of the Occupy Wall Street movement --  to let protesters there know she is really, really sick and tired of Occupy consuming her hometown.

Assuming she can get someone on the other end of the line, Quan says she will plead and beg Occupy Wall Street to "disown" Occupy Oakland, as the local movement has done nothing but disgrace her city, Quan told KCBS earlier today. "I plan to call some of the national leadership of Occupy this week to say that the Oakland group is not nonviolent and has not agreed to be nonviolent. The national Occupy movement has said they are nonviolent."

But considering the bad rap Quan has gotten over her initial handling of the Occupy Oakland encampment back in October, we're guessing OWS leaders will send her call straight to voice mail.

Scott Johnson, editor of the Occupy Oakland Tribune -- a newly established paper dedicated to covering the Occupy events -- told SF Weekly that Quan needs to stop blaming Occupy and start investigating the "criminal behavior" of the Oakland Police Department and its "illegal tactics."

"Occupy Wall Street, as well as Occupy groups in Boston, Chicago, and dozens of other cities, marched in solidarity with Occupy Oakland on Sunday," Johnson wrote in an e-mail to SF Weekly. "Rather than calling on our allies to denounce Occupy Oakland, Quan needs to take a look into the increasingly destructive tactics of the OPD."

We won't be holding our breath that Quan will resolve this problem with one phone call.

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Joshua Carmona
Joshua Carmona

An ad hominem (Latin for "to the man" or "to the person"), short for argumentum ad hominem, is an attempt to negate the truth of a claim by pointing out a negative characteristic or belief of the person supporting it. Ad hominem reasoning is normally described as a logical fallacy.

Bob
Bob

Nice Try, Mayor. You should have considered being nice months ago. Tell you what, you resign, along with all senior members of the Oakland PD, open up investigations into police violence, and then we can come to the table. 

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The rest of the country needs to take a page from the Dallas playbook. We got rid of our occpy problem by out lawyering them.  

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Rajeef Sanjay
Rajeef Sanjay

First Quan plants undercover cops to start violence, then she let's her gang of thugs brutalize, terrorize, and shoot protestors -- and it's the _protestor's_ fault?! Crazy NAZI bitch.

CostaF
CostaF

Epic Chaos? look up footage of riots in Greece

Joe
Joe

Let me think about this for a minute........ Quan's police dept turned the streets of Oakland into a war zone. Why? To enforce park rules and curfews.

The "temporary" police cheif is still in power. The brutality of the police has not been addressed. No charges have been filed against specific police officers for blatant criminal acts seen by millions on the Internet.Now she wonders why the demonstrators are angry? 

Two2farm
Two2farm

First of all, there are no leaders at OWS. It is a leaderless movement. I don't think they will answer her at all. But they probably will make a statement of support and solidarity with Occupy Oakland. The Mayor can't control her own police force. They are under investigation by the federal government for many months and may be the first police department ever to be taken into "federal receivership".

Wasson_C
Wasson_C

The voters elected Quan and elections have consequences. Elect a nonviolent mayor and maybe you will have nonviolence?

99%
99%

No one forced Quan to assault protesters back in October. This is the result of how she handled that situation. She screwed Oakland by not resigning. You cannot arrest an idea. 

taxkilla
taxkilla

bloomberg looked like he might be the biggest villain of the occupy movemet, but time has proven that jean quan may be the most despicable mayor in history.littlebiggy.org/4660547

Glenn Stephens
Glenn Stephens

She can call me. I was voted Grand Poobah and Head Dance Instructor at Occupy Congress.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

The Oakland police are just inviting criminals and looters with their absurd response to the protest.  Maybe it's time to look in the mirror, Quan, instead of blaming others for your mistake?

John
John

How about Occupy Oakland "disown" the criminals amongst them.... Just like the City of Oakland does. There are criminals in #OO only to the extent there are criminals in Oakland proper. It's almost as if Quan wants to "disown" her own city. Try removing the criminals before attacking the protesters.

Meatsack
Meatsack

 Do you have a link or some sort of proof that she planted undercover cops?

StoneyMaloney
StoneyMaloney

Yeah but ya sure can arrest a bunch of scumbags who misunderstand the first amendment. 

I never saw footage of Quan assaulting protesters back in October. Got a link for that? "Unintelligent" claim, to be sure.

Oakland PD: Bash some skulls!

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

The occupiers want lawlessness but they can't even control their own mob.

anon2012
anon2012

actually yes - there is footage on the internet to support ALL of the claims made.  i've seen them

Malicious Zero
Malicious Zero

It sounds to me like you're the one who "misunderstands" the first amendment. Oh, and don't forget the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was signed by the United States. And how are these people scumbags? Justify this with the list of human casualties caused by the Occupy movement and I will gladly back down. Until then, lock your doors, because according to your last statement, your negligence is no longer protected by your first amendment rights. 

Joshua Carmona
Joshua Carmona

My name is StoneyMaloney and I dodge questions by Ad Hominem attacks. Your debate level is weaksauce.

StoneyMaloney
StoneyMaloney

You occupy fools are so fucking paranoid; I don't need to lock my doors but thanks for the advice. 

"How are these people scumbags" you ask? You guys are the scuzziest and dumbest excuses for human life there is.

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