Police Teargas in Oakland, 300 Arrested

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 30th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In Oakland, the police, ordered by a mayor who has done a comeplete about face from hedr orignally supportive stance, are out opf control.

Here we go again

The local media, particularly local news channels, are headlining the Occupy protests in Oakland with sensational banners that roll across the T. V. screen proclaimimng such lies as "Protesters riot in Oakland," when in fact it is the police who are the ones rioting.

Yesterday, January 28, some 2000 protesters gathered at Frank Ogala Plaza and marched through the city streets planning to take over the vacant Henry Kaiser Convention Center, a building that has been vacant for the past six years. Occupy Oakland made known a week ago, January 21st, that they would move into the building and turn it in to a social center and political hub.

As the protesters started tearing down sections of the fence surrounding the building, police issued a warning to disperse, and when protesters failed to do so, officers moved to disperse them by force.

Police violate their own policies

Yeraterday, January 29, the Occupy Oakland movement issued the following statement: "Yesterday, the Oakland Police deployed hundrfeds of officers in riot gear so as to prevent Occupy Oakland from putting a vacant building to better use. This is a building which has sat vacant for six years, and the city has no current plans for it. The Occupy Oakland General Assembly passed a proposal calling forthe space to be turned into a social center, convergence center and headquarters of the Occupy Oakland movement.

"With all the problems in our city, should preventing activists from putting a vacant building to better use be their highest priority? Was it worth the hundreds of thousands of dollars theyspemnt? The police actions tonight cost the city of Oakland hundreds of thousands of dollars, and they repeatedly violated their own crowd control guidelines and protester's civil rights.

The OPD is facing receivership based on their actions in the past, and they have apparently learned nothing since October. On October 25, 2011, protesters rushed to the aid of Scott Olsen, who was shot in the head by police, and the good samaritans who rushed to his aid had a flash grenade thrown at them by police. At 3:30 P.M. this afternoon, OO medics yet again ran to the aid of injured protesters lying on the ground. Other occupiers ran forward and used shields to protect the medic and injured man. The polikce then repeatedly fired less lethal rounds at these people trying to protect and help an injured man.

"In the evening, police illegally kettled and arrested hundreds of protesters. Police can give notices to disperse, if a group is engaged in illegal activity. However, if the group disperses and reassembles somewhere else, they are required to give another notice todisperse. Tonight, they kettled a march in progress, and arrested hundreds for refusing to disperse.

What the cops do is surround protesters, blocking all exit routes. They then announce that the crowd is refusing to disperse and move in, arresting hundreds. Protesters, completely blocked from exiting north, south, east or west, have no where to go except into the arms of club-wielding police. Then they arrested en masse for refusing to disperse.

Police brutality in Oakland

Police use zip-tie handcuffs on protesters, and they often purposefully pull them too tight. One woman was in terrible pain from the cuffs, and when dozens of protesters shouted at the OPD to loosen them, she was summarily thrown into a paddy wagon with no aid from the police.

Cathy Jones, an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild, said, "These kids are heroes. Through everything that has happened since September - never have I felt so helpless and enraged as I do today."

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Retired
30th Jan 2012 (#)

Wow--what great reporting on an intense situation, Steve. Nice quote in the closing, too. Great star page.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you rama devi. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
30th Jan 2012 (#)

Here we go again, INDEED!
It's good to be kept informed of the USA's dreadful antics.

Oh - and if I've missed some of your recent articles, please forgive me - I'm SOOO far behind. Oh dear me!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting Sheila. I appreciate it.

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author avatar Carolan
30th Jan 2012 (#)

WOW Steve, so terrible what the law thinks it can do and does do....
thank you for bringing this into the public's eye..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Your welcome Carolyn, and thaNnk you.

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author avatar aking1614
31st Jan 2012 (#)

Police around the nation are taking things to the extreme. What happened to "To Protect and Serve"?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Indeed, what did happen? I think the authorities have long ago disconnected from their own humanity. Thankls for your comment ashan 1614. I really appreciate it.

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author avatar Buzz
31st Jan 2012 (#)

Great breaking news update, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
31st Jan 2012 (#)

Steve it is as if history repeats itself my friend...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Always. We never seem to learn, do we? Thank you Deliocia. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar M G Singh
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

its the same story all over the world. But can we do without the police ?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

The police are ordered to "protect and serve," but serve they do not. Thanks for commentimng Madan.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
4th Feb 2012 (#)

I think a minority of the police have not lost their humanity but it is like mob rule; they get swept up and are lost amongst the brutality.

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