Oakland Officials Want You to Tattle on Vandals Who Trashed the City in Occupy Protests

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Erin Sherbert
For those downtown business-owners miffed about the destruction of their storefronts during Occupy protests, well, here's their chance for sweet revenge.

Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker and City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan are asking members of the public to snitch on nefarious protesters by turning over whatever video footage or photos they might have shot during the recent protests in Oakland.

SF Weekly readers are intimately familiar with the peaceful protests that ended in destruction in downtown Oakland. Vandals smashed windows, started fires, burned cars, and trashed storefronts --  and for no good reason! City leaders point the finger at a small group of anarchists, known as the black bloc, who seem to use Occupy protests as a chance to bully local businesses and violently confront police.

In the most recent May 1 protest, which was organized by Occupy, chaos erupted again in downtown, where, among many things, a police car was burned. Now city leaders are asking anyone who might have video footage of these vandals in action to come forward and help the city build a case against them.

"Oakland champions the First Amendment rights of demonstrators. However, we will not tolerate individuals hijacking demonstrations to trash our town and act out in destructive or harmful ways," Parker said.

The City of Oakland has retained an investigator to review video and photographic evidence. As evidence becomes available, the City Attorney's Office plans to file lawsuits to recover damages so that taxpayers aren't shelling out money for this mess.

Already, Oakland has sued three individuals who were arrested on suspicion of vandalizing city property during recent protests. On person was arrested after a police officer saw him take a metal chair and smash the windows of a city building in the early morning hours of Nov. 3, 2011.

Two more defendants were arrested on Jan. 28 for allegedly spray-painting public property in downtown Oakland.

In any event, if you are sick and tired of these vandals and you have evidence to boot, here's how you can help:

Videos or photos can be emailed to: stopwindowsmashers@gmail.com or mailed directly to the Neighborhood Law Corps at 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Sixth Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Identifying information should be included for verification purposes.

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18 comments
L. Parsons
L. Parsons

"Vandals smashed windows, started fires, burned cars, and trashed storefronts --  and for no good reason!"

Quite possibly one of the most naive and absurd statements I've read in a short while. But, it seems likely that austerity and daily police violence are experiences that are quite far from yours, so I suppose your childish indignation shouldn't be too surprising. Shove your COIN campaign, snitches get stitches. Long live the Oakland Commune.

Eastbay
Eastbay

Even the Nuns and Priests didn't like tattletales.  Oakland must get over its big bad self, it is really not the greatest place to live, in fact it's pretty bad.

EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

 In the Bible is says not to be an informer or a tattletale this may be why nuns and priest didn't like rats and tattletales either. even Jesus don't like a rat-snitch!

Kpryan
Kpryan

"Oakland champions the First Amendment rights of demonstrators. However, we will not tolerate individuals hijacking demonstrations to trash our town and act out in destructive or harmful ways," Parker said. 

Maybe 'Oakland' champions the speech and assembly rights of demonstrators, but the Mayor and Chief of Police sure as hell don't.

Vato con chorizo
Vato con chorizo

Snitchin is bitchin!  Clock tha Bloc!  Down with Occutards.

guest23sven
guest23sven

Inst being a tattler the same thing as being a snitch or a rat? thats nothing to be proud of. snitches are a dying breed!

Russell Kurson
Russell Kurson

Bull.....when I was a teenager I was known as "the king of the finks". I'm nearly 60 now and the people that used to pick on me are mostly dead. 

EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

  Can you prove they are mostly dead? I doubt it. besides everybody knows snitches lie and can not be believed or trusted ever.  they make up most everything  for their own gain ego money power insecurity etc. and it also because they are not man enough to fight their own battles in life so they get someone else to do the fighting for them like cops or the teacher or principle at school. being a rat is a sign that the person is mentally insecure and feels physically and mentally weak and insecure about themselves and has an inferiority complex. this sounds like you RUSSELL KURSON.

Jim
Jim

  you still didnt prove they were dead in that statement. your full of shit rata!

Bnbk
Bnbk

 the real punk is you a known snitch.

EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

 Thats nothing to be proud of. maybe all the people you ratted on were pussy's just like you are now and always have been. I bet you never ratted out a member of the Hells Angels MC. try them next time you wanna be a snitch bad ass at 60.

sveny
sveny

  By using the word arse we now know your not even an American so go fuck yourself. ITS ASS NOT arse you British faggot dick sucking whore.

sveny
sveny

 Cue the Hells Angels Bashing Comments. start here.........

Scotty Grow HAMCO
Scotty Grow HAMCO

 Stop by the Oakland Hells Angels MC clubhouse at  4010 foothill blvd to see how many of us are not locked up. you will see at least 50 to 100 of us from here in the bay area who are alive and free. stop by and ask for Scotty Grow Hells Angels MC Oakland. I will give you a tour Marcy and introduce you and your hubby to my HA brothers.

Bnbk
Bnbk

 99% of Hells Angels are not in prison but are free on the streets alive and well. only about 40 HAs worldwide out of 800 members are in jail or prison. a few of the free ones are in California and Arizona filming the new sonny barger biker movie DEAD IN 5 HEARTBEATS  check more of the biker movie out at www,dead in 5 hearts beats .com.

Bnbk
Bnbk

 Alot of Hells Angels are in Arizona filming the new biker movie dead in 5 heartbeats. click here to read more in will be in theaters in the fall. www.deadin5heartbeats.com

Marcy Fleming
Marcy Fleming

 I have and they are all in prison. Extremely Not-Dangerous, you are a coward and a pansy punk like all the rest of the degenerate scum who make OO, which is really BO.Start wiping your butt and deal with your serious smeg problem AND stop posting here under multiple names.Hells Angels are sheist and garbage and belong in prison.Don't mess with me or my boyfriend will give you the Mother of arse whippings to paraphrase the great Socialist, Saddam Hussein. Better a Saddamite than a Sodomite.

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