As I have posted before, Oakland has not been happy with Mayor Quan. Even before the Oakland Police brutally raided the Occupy Oakland camp, there was a petition vying for her resignation. After the infamous attack, Quan gave orders to the police, confusing both (and all) sides of the protest. Quan also gave the protestors permission to retake the camp following October 25 after drawing major criticism and fire from people all over the country and world. However, this morning there was yet another police sweep in an attempt to clear out Frank Ogawa Plaza. Their reasoning was that violence was rampant in the camp and the plaza was to be cleared ‘for safety reasons’.
KQED news says:
Officials across the country have been urging an end to similar gatherings in the wake of three deaths in different cities, including two deaths by gunfire.
Demands for Oakland protesters to pack up increased after a man was shot and killed Thursday near the encampment site.
Protesters had said that there was no connection between the shooting and the camp. But police Sunday night identified the slain man as 25-year-old Kayode Ola Foster of Oakland, saying his family confirmed he had been staying at the plaza.
Police officer Johnna Watson said witnesses have told police that one of two suspects in the shooting had also been a frequent resident at the plaza. The suspects are being sought and their names haven’t been released.
Investigators suspect that the shooting resulted from a fight between two groups of men.
There are reports on Twitter of the Oakland Police slashing tents and destroying property while the San Francisco Police maintain the borders. What’s been happening in the past 40 minutes is eerily similar to President Bush’s Hurricane Katrina flyover. Mayor Quan is (reportedly, news account/confirmation to come) walking through the Occupy Oakland camp with 10 police officers/security agents surrounding her. Since her legal advisor Dan Siegel, who has been friends with Quan since 1968, quit recently, perhaps the end for this troubled mayor is in sight.
Her feeble attempt to smooth things over with the Occupy movement is displayed here in her most recent statement:
Since the beginning, the City has tried to negotiate with the encampment. While we have been able to talk with individual groups, we remain one of the few cities where occupiers refuse to allow direct communications with a group of representatives. Camping is a tactic. It is one that has divided Oakland, a city of the 99%. It’s time to work together on the issues of unemployment, foreclosures, and education cuts. While the camping must end, the movement continues.
What a shame, she had really made some breakthroughs for both Asian Americans and women. What a real shame.
One day before a protest that could be Oakland’s largest in years, the city’s police union questioned the leadership of Mayor Jean Quan and said officers were confused about how they should handle demonstrators…
The Oakland Police Officers Association released a statement Tuesday noting that after officers cleared the Occupy Oakland camp early on Oct. 25, Quan allowed the protesters to start returning the next day. The raid was accomplished with the help of 16 outside agencies, and follow-up protests turned violent that night, resulting in serious injury to a military veteran who was demonstrating.
The camp is now larger than it was before the raid, with more than 300 people squatting before City Hall in more than 100 tents.
“As your police officers, we are confused,” the union said.
The city is allowing employees to participate in the strike that Occupy Oakland has called, the union said, while all officers have been ordered to work.
“That’s hundreds of city workers encouraged to take off work to participate in the protest against ‘the establishment,’ ” said the union, which represents 645 officers. “But aren’t the mayor and her administration part of the establishment they are paying city employees to protest? Is it the city’s intention to have city employees on both sides of a skirmish line?”
The union’s president, Sgt. Dom Arotzarena, said, “There is no clear mission here. The mayor is painting this picture that we’re the bad guy. We’re just doing our jobs, carrying out her orders, and we need some big leadership now.”
The Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice stands with Occupy Oakland!