Occupy Oakland Says F**K the Police

Categories: Occupy Bay Area
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Transcending its reputation for shittiness
Just last week, the New York Times took San Francisco residents by surprise when it concluded that Oakland -- not the City by the Bay -- was No. 5 on its top 45 list of places to be.

But if you are another pissed-off American, where else would you rather be than the streets of Oakland, tearing it up next to unstoppable occupiers? Tear gas, police raids, flash-bang grenades, anarchy -- what's not to like about this city?

To prove there's more to Oakland than just being a dangerous shithole, Occupy Oakland further charmed out-of-towners this past weekend when they draped themselves in fuck-the-police banners. How fun!

Of course, this led to more tension between protesters and police, who arrested a handful of demonstrators Saturday night after they marched toward the police station, protesting what they described as ongoing harassment and police abuse.

Police in riot gear met protesters outside the station, preparing for another showdown for the national media. Protesters tossed bottles and police fired bean bag bullets, later slapping handcuffs on at least six demonstrators.

Despite all this fun, there's a legion of Oakland that's getting worn down by the Occupy movement and its "misplaced energy." The anger toward big banks has somehow shifted to the local government, which incidentally has also been a victim of the financial meltdown caused by big banks.  But Mayor Jean Quan's efforts to diffuse the protests have failed miserably. As a result, the Oakland's Citizens' Police Review Board is hosting a forum Feb. 9 to discuss the protests, the alleged police misconduct, and possible solutions.

"If they really want to see some changes, they need to get their ass out and vote. And get their friends to do it, too," Boardmember Thomas Cameron told the Chron. "Complaining about the police is just misplaced energy. I think a lot of these people are just being unreasonable."

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VivlianWozz
VivlianWozz

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Mi chiamo Roberto.
Mi chiamo Roberto.

I think the general consensus here is that OO has jumped the shark. Most people are behind the spirit of what the Occupy movement is all about, but holding a rally just to vandalize property and hurl insults at the police is absolutely ridiculous. Either keep the movement positive and constructive, or end it and think of it fondly.

Realist
Realist

Hell. This so-called "movement" ended weeks ago. The bums in Oakland have yet to read the memo.

BTW: Just what was Occupy "all about" and where did you find that most people are/were behind it? I didn't realize anybody ever knew what it was "about".

BCLaraby
BCLaraby

"Complaining about the police is just misplaced energy. I think a lot of these people are just being unreasonable."

Wow.  I understand that some people just 'don't get it' but just wow...

"Misplaced energy?"  Really?

I think they're rather justified.  Especially after stuff like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

And this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

And this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

And this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f...

Their reactions are completely justified - and this is just a fraction of the stuff that they've been able to catch on film.  Imagine all the stuff OPD has been getting away with.

HarrietNYC
HarrietNYC

@ Boardmember Thomas Cameron - one's civic duties do not begin and end at the voting booth. Indeed, by addressing the paper regarding OO and the police, you are proving that. Perhaps OO wouldn't be 'wasting energy' on local policy matters if the police didn't overreact to OO, but it is better for Wall Street and the lobbyists when the occupations are forced to deal with evictions and local police than on the abuses on Wall Street, in the long run it serves your interests, doesn't it? 

jonolan
jonolan

If you're siding with the Occupiers, you have no understanding of civic duty or what it is to be American.

HarrietNYC
HarrietNYC

As someone who is sworn to uphold the constitution and having studied us history and law, I laugh at you, you know that this country was founded by dissidents and, loud mouths, they did far more then pitch a tent in a park, dissent is partonic and part of our DNA, whether u agree with the massage or not

Butsywutsy
Butsywutsy

I would rather die with a " traitor" than lie down with coward.

jonolan
jonolan

Well, at least you understand that you're siding with traitors. Don't be surprised if you hang with them as well.

malasangre
malasangre

they might work if we get to vote who can be a policeman Boardmember Cameron

zengfoo
zengfoo

lol, I agree, bib Middle Finger Salute to the cops! Boo yah!www.Total-Privacy dot US

Preferoak
Preferoak

Oakland residents would prefer to focus on improving our city rather then recalling Mayor Quan.  Really anyone who is involved with Quan's recall petition and did nothing to recall Ron Dellum has serious credibility issues.It has always been an upward challenge for Oakland the poor little Step-City to beautiful San Francisco, but the people who live here, love it.  The primary reason that they're so many Occupiers who live in Oakland, is because Oakland is a refuge for individuals, whose primary interest are family and friends rather then the glitz and glamor of big city SF, you can call us Real California Patriots. 

ItsKROOKS
ItsKROOKS

Get real the only reason you live in Oakland is because you can't afford the rent in San Francisco or you're too lame to deal with Big City issues. Occupy Oakland has done NOTHING positive for that city except provide HUGE LOL's to the rest of the country watching in. Did you not think the cops would get violent? Idiots

Mi chiamo Roberto.
Mi chiamo Roberto.

Clearly coming from someone who doesn't live in Oakland. Why don't you just stick to subjects you know? If there are any. What does being 'too lame to deal with Big City issues' even mean? You're the idiot.

Steve
Steve

This article completely ignores what the march was about. Oakland is one of the most dangerous cities in America. Most residents will say that is partially because of the crooked cops. The march was in remembrance of Oscar Grant, a black father who was murdered by police in a BART station after being handcuffed.Watch Oakland Police slam a women to the ground in the same protest: http://youtu.be/yMh19aY5HmI

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