Occupy Oakland: Police Brutality Tab Reaches Nearly $2.9M

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Kayvan Sabeghi's beating by Frank Uu was captured on video.

The Oakland City Council has tentatively approved a $693,000 settlement for two of the Occupy protesters who say they were beaten and arrested by Oakland police during two separate Occupy demonstrations.

Roughly $645,000 of the payout will go to Afghanistan and Iraq war vet Kayvan Sabeghi, who claims he was beaten by Oakland police officer Frank Uu, who has since retired, on the evening of Nov. 2, 2011. The attack, which lacerated Sabeghi's spleen, was captured on video.

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Crossing the Line: The Oakland Police Department Versus the Crowd

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Will a Teen Curfew in Oakland Help Reduce Crime?

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Goodnight Oakland ...
When all else fails -- and it certainly has in Oakland -- lock up your kids.

Since shrinking police presence isn't doing anything to help crime in Oakland, the city is now considering a more reactionary approach: a teen curfew.

As CBS News notes, Oakland's Public Safety Committee tonight will consider a new proposal to make it illegal for kids to roam the streets during certain hours of the day. Those hours include 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on school days and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day of the week.

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Crime-Riddled Oakland Gets a Windfall of Cash to Hire More Cops

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You read that headline right. The city -- among other, less crime happy places -- is finally getting the money it needs (and deserves) to hire more cops to deal with the out-of-control crime in the city.

According to news reports, Mayor Jean Quan held a press conference yesterday to announce that the city is getting a $4.5 million grant to hire 10 new police officers.

The money is coming from the Community Oriented Policing Services program, also known as COPS, which awarded 39 other agencies in California millions of dollars to combat crime. But Oakland is getting the largest check, and for good reason.

See Also: Confirmed: Oakland Has More Robberies Than Any Other American City

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Trayvon Martin: One Injured, Six Arrested After Protesters Block Highways, Burn Flag

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What began as a peaceful assembly in Frank Ogawa Plaza, soon escalated to a tense, tumultuous protest throughout downtown Oakland Monday night, where hundreds of protesters took to the streets to express their frustration with Saturday's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Monday marked the third night of protesting in the Bay Area, where Martin's death has been aligned with the memory of Oscar Grant, both serving as symbols of racial oppression and injustice for supporters and protesters.

Toward the end of the nearly six-hour protest, which covered about 10 miles through Oakland's downtown, several businesses were vandalized; protesters spray-painted and shattered storefronts again -- and they didn't stop there: fireworks were thrown into the crowds and at police officers, and freeway entrances and highway traffic were blocked.

By the end of the night, the cops unleashed flash bang grenades, a restaurant worker was injured, an American flag was burned, and six demonstrators were hauled to jail.


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Trayvon Martin: More Protests Scheduled Tonight in Oakland

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Following Saturday's verdict where George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin -- and the chaos that followed -- activists are planning to fill Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza tonight for another rally.

The 6 p.m. event, which is listed as "#HoodiesUpOAK JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN COMMUNITY SPEAK OUT - OAKLAND" on Facebook, follows a raucous weekend where thousands of people took to the streets of both San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose to protest Saturday's verdict.

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Oakland to Toss Parking Tickets Handed Out During Strike

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That eight-hour shift sure blew up in his face
Although parking enforcers were part of the one-day strike on Monday in Oakland, there's always going to be that one brown-nosing worker who tries to ruin it for everyone.

According to press reports, there was one parking enforcer who decided to blow off the strike, cross the picket line, and show up for work. That model employee then went on to do his job, and put in a full eight-hour shift issuing parking tickets to drivers who hadn't fed the meter or were illegally parked.

But even Oakland city officials think that's kinda messed up.

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Oakland to Pay $1 Million Settlement to Occupy Protesters

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Oakland cops vs. Occupy protesters
Last night, the National Lawyers Guild announced a $1.17 million settlement for protesters who were injured and illegally arrested by the Oakland Police Department during Occupy Oakland protests in 2011.

"We brought both lawsuits in order to stop OPD's dangerous and illegal repression of political protest and the city government's tolerance of repeated, pervasive police misconduct," explained lead NLG attorney Rachel Lederman.

Scott Campbell, one of the plaintiffs in the case, was shot in the upper thigh with a lead-filled beanbag, known as a less-lethal round, by Officer Victor Garcia on the evening of November 2, 2011. Campbell was filming a line of riot police at the time and captured the shooting on his own camera. His footage went viral and generated national scrutiny of the Oakland Police Department's handling of Occupy protesters. (Two veterans, Scott Olsen and Kayvan Sabeghi, were also injured at Occupy events; both are currently involved in litigation against the City of Oakland.)

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National Lawyers Guild Obtains $1M for Oscar Grant Protesters, Oakland Police Reforms

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Today, the National Lawyers Guild announced that it has procured a $1.025 million settlement for approximately 150 demonstrators who were unlawfully arrested by the Oakland Police Department as they protested the "light sentencing" of Johannes Mesherle, the BART police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant.

Rachel Lederman, lead attorney for the National Lawyers Guild, stated the following:

We brought the lawsuit in order to protect the constitutional right to dissent in Oakland, and enforce the OPD Crowd Control Policy. It is a model policy that gives the police many tools to respond to demonstrations without immediately resorting to mass arrests, weapons, or force. Yet, OPD chose to scrap this policy in dealing with the Oscar Grant demonstrations. The policy, and the law, are clear that before police can stop First Amendment activity and make mass arrests, they must have a basis to believe that the individuals being arrested have broken the law. In most situations, that means they must give demonstrators notice and opportunity to disperse, and there must be a constitutionally valid reason to do so. None of that occurred in this case. The 150 arrests were illegal, and the City has acknowledged that.

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Oakland Assigns Just One Cop to Investigate 10,000 Burglaries

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Second Chief Resigns From Oakland Police Department in 48 Hours

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Apparently, there is a less desirable job than being a newspaper reporter: running the Oakland Police Department.

In less than 72 hours, two chiefs at the Oakland Police Department quit.

Former Police Chief Howard Jordan resigned on Wednesday, citing medical reasons for his decision. However, his timing was curious -- a report scheduled to come out the same day he announced his departure revealed that Oakland is the nation's robbery capital. In addition, it detailed how Jordan had assigned only one part-time cops to investigate more than 10,000 burglaries last year.

His abrupt resignation left Deputy Police Chief Anthony Toribio with the interim job.

Toribio was to serve as interim chief until Mayor Jean Quan settled on a permanent replacement -- but, after only two days on the job, he, too, decided he was done.

See Also: Oakland Assigns Just One Cop to 10,000 Burglaries

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Confirmed: Oakland Has More Robberies Than Any Other American City

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Turns out, ex-San Franciscans and budding hipsters aren't the only ones who love Oakland. Robbers have long found the city to be their home away from home.

According to a new report, the nation's most exciting city scored another no. 1 title this week (although much less exciting) as being the robbery capital of America.

CBS reported the FBI statistics, which show robberies in Oakland increased 29 percent last year, compared to 10 percent in San Jose and 13 percent in San Francisco.

See Also: Oakland Is Officially More Exciting Than S.F.

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