#Occupy Oakland, The Police & Scott Olsen

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by The Wrong Guy, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    From ABC7 News on Facebook:


    Oakland police officers are going from tent to tent issuing cease and desist notices to Occupy campers at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Citing several city ordinances, the notice calls on the Occupy protesters to immediately pack up their camp and leave.
  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Attorneys, victims speak out against Oakland PD after Occupy Oakland car accident

    The attorneys representing the two people who were hit by a car during the Occupy Oakland strike march on November 2 held a press conference Friday at the Waterfront Hotel downtown, calling for the arrest of the man and woman who were in the vehicle during the accident. The attorneys also criticized the Oakland Police Department for not making any arrests and for the way officers have been conducting the investigation.
  3. Glenn Beck Member

    You might want to update ^this post. The murder suspect was an occupier from the occupy camp.

    OAKLAND, Calif.—A $10,000 reward is being offered for information in the shooting death of a man on the edge of the Oakland plaza anti-Wall Street protesters have occupied for the last month.

    The Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Oakland announced the reward on Friday, a day after the fatal gunfire led city officials to intensify pressure on the Occupy Oakland encampment to disband.

    Police Officer Johanna Watson says in a statement that witnesses have told investigators that one suspect had been living for the past several days in the plaza in front of Oakland City Hall where the protest camp is located.
    The department released a description of that man and for a second suspect.

    Authorities have not yet identified the man who was killed. Occupy Oakland organizers have said he was not part of the encampment.

    Seems almost like pattern of dismissing anything negative and exploiting any spin that helps.
  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    Occupy Oakland gets second eviction notice

    The Associated Press

    Oakland officials are pressuring Occupy protesters camped in front of City Hall to leave.

    The city issued another eviction notice on Saturday morning. It warns protesters that they do not have the right to camp in the plaza overnight and face immediate arrest and the removal of their tents, stoves, sleeping bags and other belongings.

    Police and a city official did not respond to requests for comment on whether police were preparing to forcibly clear the camp.

    The city issued the same eviction notice a day earlier and similar warnings before officers raided the encampment on Oct. 25 with tear gas and bean bag projectiles. More than 80 people were arrested. A day later, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan allowed protesters to reclaim the disbanded site.

    City officials say the camp now has about 160 tents.

  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ex-Marine hurt in Oakland protests out of hospital | Reuters

    Former U.S. Marine Scott Olsen, whose injury during clashes between Oakland police and protesters last month galvanized the Anti-Wall Street movement, has been released from the hospital, friends said on Friday.

    "He is out of the hospital as of yesterday or today, thank goodness," Adele Carpenter, 29, told Reuters. Iraq Veterans Against the War spokeswoman Dottie Guy also confirmed Olsen's release to Reuters.

    Olsen is focused on healing right now, Carpenter told Reuters, but she added that "he is following the Occupy protests closely, as well as the vets march against police brutality today."

    "He sent words of affirmation to friends during the Oakland General Strike and has been excited to hear stories from people who could attend," she said.

    Occupy Oakland organizers say Olsen, 24, was hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by police during a downtown Oakland confrontation on October 25. He was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition.

    Acting Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Olsen's injury but police and city have not said how they believe the Iraq veteran was injured.

    More than two weeks later, Olsen was released from inpatient care in time to celebrate Veteran's Day, Carpenter wrote in a blog post on a website for the group Veterans for Peace. The Iraq veteran was "still struggling with speech, but is attempting conversations without having the writing instrument out," on which he had been relying to communicate, Carpenter said in the blog post.

    Word of Olsen's injury reinvigorated the Occupy Wall Street movement across the country, shifted its focus away from New York to Oakland and broadened its aims to include opposing police brutality. Activists in Oakland and elsewhere took to the streets en masse following his hospitalization, holding candlelight vigils and marches in his honor.

    Olsen served two tours in Iraq, working as a technician and earning a handful of service medals. Friends say he soured on military life after leaving the service started a now-defunct website called "I hate the Marine Corps" that served as a forum for disgruntled servicemen.

    Olsen received an "administrative discharge" from the service in late 2009, his uncle George Nygaard has said, though the precise reasons for it have not been confirmed. Such a discharge can result from any number of behavioral or disciplinary issues.

  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Oakland police receives hundreds of 'Occupy Oakland'-related complaints |

    The Associated Press

    Oakland police say they have received nearly 790 complaints from around the world about officers' actions during a tear-gas fueled clash with anti-Wall Street protestors last month.

    Oakland became a rallying point for demonstrators when an Iraq War veteran was injured on Oct. 25 as officers raided the encampment with tear gas and bean bag projectiles, arresting 85 people.

    Police said on Saturday in response to an inquiry from The Associated Press that more than half the complaints came from people who were not on scene. Police say 12 of the complaints came from people who were there that day. They're still checking on the whereabouts of another 331 people who filed complaints.

  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    Duplicate post from the Updates thread:

    Cop Suspected Of Infiltrating Occupy Oakland Attacked Cameraman In 2009 | Pixiq

    In 2009, the suspected Occupy Oakland infiltrator and former Washington State defensive end chased down a news videographer and knocked him against a car, breaking his viewfinder in the process.

    KGO-TV news videographer Douglas Laughlin filed a lawsuit against Shavies and fellow officers the following year, winning a $175,000 settlement.

  8. 00anon00 Member

    Go Cougs.
  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    Whose streets? Oakland’s shadow government presses City Hall to end the occupation | San Francisco Bay View

    In a letter addressed to Oakland’s Mayor Jean Quan on Nov. 8, two little-known entities, the Lake Merritt/Uptown District Association (LMUDA) and Downtown Oakland Association (DOA) implored Mayor Quan to “step up and provide cohesive, common sense leadership.” Cohesive leadership, according to these two organizations, means giving the Oakland Police Department a green light to eradicate the now month-old Occupy encampment. “It’s time for Frank Ogawa Plaza to be given back to the people of Oakland,” they conclude.

    Who are the LMUDA and DOA? What gives them the authority to make such demands? Further, who are the “people of Oakland” referred to in their letter? If those occupying the plaza do not constitute the people of Oakland, then who are the rightful owners of this contested public space?

    The privatization of public administration

    “Lake Merritt/Uptown” and “Downtown Oakland” are not community associations or neighborhood groups comprised of Oaklanders with historic roots or identity in Oakland’s larger patchwork. Rather, they are business improvement districts, or “BIDs,” an apt acronym given their focus on commodifying and privatizing government and public space. Both LMUDA and DOA were founded in 2008. BIDs are commercial districts within cities where special taxes are collected on properties for use towards activities determined by the BID’s board of directors. As hybrid public-private entities, their explicit purpose is to increase property values and rents and to cultivate other profitable opportunities in designated geographic areas.

    Because they have the power to levy and spend taxes, BIDs must be formed via a petition process and then by majority vote of businesses and property owners within the chosen area and finally approved by the City Council. However, once the BID is established, it largely operates under its own discretion. It does what it wants with its money, which can involve funding events, contracting for extra sanitation and trash services, and even hiring private security to patrol public space.

    The Lake Merritt/Uptown District and Downtown District are two of nine BIDs established in Oakland since 2001. The others include Fruitvale, Koreatown/Northgate, Lakeshore/Lake Park, Laurel, Montclair, Rockridge and Temescal/Telegraph Avenue.

    BIDs began to emerge nationally in the 1970s as vehicles for gentrification and the militarization of urban space. Laws enabling the incorporation of these districts have spread to nearly every state, and most major U.S. cities contain multiple special districts run mostly by real estate developers and large tourism and entertainment companies, with smaller businesses – restaurants and retailers – as junior partners. BIDs especially took off in the 1990s as real estate capital focused its energy on urban zones from which it had previously divested.

    BIDs are a strategic response of real estate businesses to the political backlash against the Civil Rights Movement. Because much of the public sector was de-funded through tax cuts and capital and wealth were withdrawn into newly rich suburban enclaves buoyed by white flight or into private institutions, cities found themselves tax-starved and unable to raise revenues for the public services that many place-dependent businesses once depended on. Many small urban businesses were ruined.

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  10. 00anon00 Member

    Could you please cross post in "Updates'?
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    After “leave immediately” order and tense night, Occupy camp still in place – Oakland North : North Oakland News

    Tensions reached a head when a group of about ten protestors wearing black jackets and vinegar-soaked bandanas arrived in the plaza shouting, “Cops go home! Cops go home!”

    Several campers immediately confronted the group, telling them to stop “agitating” and taunting the only two police officers in the plaza. After a brief shouting match, the newly-arrived protesters dispersed...

  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    Raw Video: Police Put Up Barricades in Oakland

    Oakland police were putting up barricades early Monday morning, ratcheting up pressure for demonstrators to leave the main "Occupy Oakland" site in front of City Hall.
  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    Mayor Quan has just finished holding a press conference to announce that camping at Occupy Oakland will no longer be tolerated.

    DanMSiegel Dan Siegel
    No longer Mayor Quan's legal advisor. Resigned at 2 am. Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators.
    1 hour ago

    You can follow updates on Twitter at!/search/realtime/OccupyOakland
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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    Ex-Marine injured in Oakland protest makes public statement | Reuters

    Ex-Marine Scott Olsen, whose injury during clashes between Oakland police and demonstrators gave impetus to anti-Wall Street protests, said on Sunday he is "feeling a lot better" in his first public statement since his injury. In a message posted to social networking site Google Plus, 24-year-old Olsen thanked those who had been tracking his progress for their outpouring of support.

    "I'm feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me," Olsen wrote. "After my freedom of speech was quite literally taken from me, my speech is coming back but I've got a lot of work to do with rehab."

    The post is accompanied by a photo of Olsen, smiling with a neck brace on and a visible scar on his forehead.

    "Thank you for all of your support, it has meant the world to me," he continued. "You'll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we'll see you in our streets!"

    Olsen was released from the hospital late last week, his friend Adele Carpenter, 29, told Reuters. Occupy Oakland organizers say Olsen was hit in the head by a tear gas canister police fired during a downtown Oakland confrontation on October 25. He was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition.

    Acting Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Olsen's injury but police and city officials have not said how they believe the Iraq veteran was injured.

    Word of Olsen's injury gave fresh stimulus to the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in September. Activists in Oakland and elsewhere took to the streets, holding candlelight vigils and marches in his honor.

    Olsen's statement had received hundreds of responses in support by Sunday evening, with Olsen chiming in at one point during the afternoon to say, "see, this is the kind of support I was talking about."

    Olsen served two tours in Iraq, working as a technician and earning a handful of service medals. Friends say he soured on military life after leaving the service and started a now-defunct website called "I hate the Marine Corps" which served as a forum for disgruntled servicemen. Olsen received an "administrative discharge" from the service in late 2009, his uncle George Nygaard has said, though the precise reasons for it have not been confirmed. Such a discharge can result from any number of behavioral or disciplinary issues.

  16. The Wrong Guy Member

    Occupy Oakland crackdown: Riot cops clear out camp

    U.S. police are losing patience with the anti-corporate 'Occupy' movement, two months after it flared up and spread across America. Officers in riot gear raided a protester camp in the city of Oakland, dismantling tents and arresting activists. RT's Lucy Kafanov's been covering the 'Occupy' demonstrations.
  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    insidebayarea insidebayarea
    Mayor Quan's executive team shrinking. Resignations from @DanMSiegel, @sharon_cornu, @JohnARusso:…
    1 minute ago

    Mayor Jean Quan's chief legal adviser resigns - Inside Bay Area

    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan lost a member of her inner circle when legal adviser Dan Siegel resigned over his opposition to the Occupy Oakland raid Monday, becoming the fifth key player in her administration to leave before she has completed a year in office.

    Siegel's departure comes almost two weeks after her crisis communications manager quit his post. Police Chief Anthony Batts resigned the day after the encampment went up in October, and City Attorney John Russo stepped down in June.

    Monday evening, Quan announced the resignation of Deputy Mayor Sharon Cornu, a longtime labor leader who was her second in command.

    The departures underscore the difficulty Quan has had adjusting to her new role as the city's leader, where she must balance the needs of business, public safety and community activists, among others. While the police union and business leaders applauded the relatively peaceful Monday raid on the Occupy camp, Siegel would not stand for it.

    "I thought the decision to evict the campers on (October) the 25th was really a bad decision, and the city's been turned upside-down by it," Siegel said. "When the city decided to re-allow the camp, I thought that was the right decision, though a hard decision. Now to take it down again, it creates chaos."

    Siegel and Quan have been friends for decades, since they attended UC Berkeley together.


    Nathan Ballard, a communications expert who used to work for former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson and was brought in by Quan after Police Chief Anthony Batts resigned, notified the mayor by letter on Nov. 2 -- the same day as the general strike in Oakland -- that he would not accept her offer to serve as an on-call consultant.


    A parting shot:

    OccupyMyCat OccupyMyCat
    Oscar Grant Plaza will always be there. The 99% will always be there. Mayor Jean Quan...not so much. #occupyoakland #ows
    1 minute ago
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    Dan Siegel: Totally futile to try shutting down ‘Occupy’ protests | The Raw Story

    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s legal adviser and longtime friend, Dan Siegel, explained to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Monday night why he decided to resign his post.

    Siegel was very unhappy with the police raid on the “Occupy Oakland” encampment on October 25 but had hoped the protesters would be allowed to continue their demonstration. Early Monday morning, Oakland police raided the camp site to evict the protesters from Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.

    He claimed city officials across the country didn’t understand the scope of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.

    “This is a tremendous movement, a productive movement,” Siegel continued. “It’s a progressive movement of people who’ve been passive for years in the face of economic attacks, homelessness, joblessness, foreclosures, crushing student debt, and so on. I think it has the potential to really remake American society and if that’s true, then people who run cities, and particularly cities like Oakland — where the 99 percent live — should be supportive of those movements and should not think that they can control them.”

    “To me it seems like a totally useless and futile activity to spend millions of dollars to take people out of tents, to create situations where there is bloodshed in our streets and lots of chaos for days, because they’re going to come back,” he added.

    More, and video:
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  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    Quoted from:

    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement | capitoilette

    Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC (excerpted on The Takeaway radio program–audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark), casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country. “I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation. . . .”

    Mayor Quan then rambles about how she “spoke with protestors in my city” who professed an interest in “separating from anarchists,” implying that her police action was helping this somehow.
    Interestingly, Quan then essentially advocates that occupiers move to private spaces, and specifically cites Zuccotti Park as an example:

    In New York City, it’s interesting that the Wall Street movement is actually on a private park, so they’re not, again, in the public domain, and they’re not infringing on the public’s right to use a public park.
    Many witnesses to the wave of government crackdowns on numerous #occupy encampments have been wondering aloud if the rapid succession was more than a coincidence; Jean Quan’s casual remark seems to clearly imply that it was.

    Might it also be more than a coincidence that this succession of police raids started after President Obama left the US for an extended tour of the Pacific Rim?
  24. Anonymous Member

    < moar anarchy plox
  25. Anonymous Member

    FOIA request for tape or transcript?
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  26. The Wrong Guy Member

    ACLU Sues Oakland Police Department to Stop Violence Against Protesters » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union

    The Oakland Police Department (OPD) was sued in federal court yesterday by the ACLU of Northern California and the National Lawyers Guild for trampling (repeatedly!) on the constitutional rights of Occupy Oakland demonstrators. The lawsuit asks for an immediate relief from the court to stop police violence against political protesters, because the OPD has shown that it will continue to violate protesters’ rights unless a court intervenes (again).

    The case is before U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg, who immediately issued an order requiring the city to respond by 5 p.m. today. The case is only one day old, but OPD already has to start explaining to the Court why it used excessive force against protesters.

    One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is Scott Campbell, a videographer who was shot with a lead ball-filled bag (dubbed "bean bags" — a complete misnomer given the pain and injury they can inflict) while filming police presence during Occupy Oakland on the nights of Nov. 2 and 3. He has filmed repeated cases of excessive force by police.

    On two recent occasions (Oct. 25 and Nov. 2) the OPD and cooperating police agencies under their direction indiscriminately shot flash-bang grenades and other projectiles into crowds of Occupy Oakland protesters. These actions clearly violate the Fourth Amendment by subjecting protesters who posed no safety concerns to unnecessary and excessive force, and the First Amendment by interfering with demonstrators' rights to assemble and demonstrate.

    On Oct. 26, the ACLU-NC and NLG sent a public records request seeking information about the OPD’s use of force against Occupy demonstrators, but the department refused to hand over information about its actions.

    OPD’s recent conduct violates its own Crowd Control Policy, adopted in the settlement of a lawsuit arising from OPD’s prior mishandling of a large protest in 2003. The policy strictly limits the use of force and prohibits the indiscriminate use of “bean bags" and other projectiles against crowds or peaceful protesters.

    Excessive police force is never acceptable, especially when it's in response to political protest. Stay tuned for updates regarding our lawsuit.

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    ^^ Too much moonjuice on the last two items.
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    Occupy Oakland and Occupy Cal marches and rally

    Occupy Oakland supporters march to Cal where they joined a rally of thousands of students in Sproul Plaza after the students marched through Berkeley and the campus.
  31. The Wrong Guy Member

    We are all Scott Olsen - short film - Occupy Oakland

    Inspired by Scott Olsen. Visit to get the HD download. Please support the filmmakers in continuing to capture the key moments of the Occupy Movement. This is just the beginning. We are all watching.
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  32. EyeOnSci Member

    Excellent site and other videos on the site.
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  33. The Wrong Guy Member

    Occupy San Jose: Scott Olsen Vigil

    Uploaded by OccupySJ on Nov 18, 2011

    On October 25th, Scott Olsen, a former Marine and Iraq War veteran, and a member of Veterans for Peace, suffered a skull fracture caused by a shooting projectile that witnesses believed was a tear gas or smoke canister fired by the police.

    We at Occupy San Jose were sadden by the news, and in conjunction with Occupations across the world, held a vigil for him.

    Even in the face of violence and oppression, let us stay peaceful.
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  35. Anonymous Member

    what have I told you about the razorcunt?
    don't make me get the rolled up newspaper
  36. The Wrong Guy Member

    Occupy Oakland camp at 19th and Telegraph

    Uploaded by niltiacenaj on Nov 20, 2011

    Occupy Oakland calls for a march and occupation in response to the second raid of the camp. The occupation of the new location succeeds, but is shut down after only 12 hours.
  37. The Wrong Guy Member

    Freedom of the press under attack at OWS movements?

    Uploaded by RTAmerica on Nov 22, 2011

    Members of the press have been harassed, assaulted and ever arrested for covering the Occupy Wall Street movement. Since the movement began a total of 26 reporters have found themselves behind bars. Thirteen of the26 reporters were arrested last week in New York City. Is freedom of the press a thing of the past? Susie Cagle, independent journalist, tells us what it was like to get arrested for covering the Occupy movement.
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  39. Glenn Beck Member

    So is there anymore information about how the ex-marine fell on his face? We should be hearing something by now about the incident, all those cameras and no new video? Awful quiet.

    We've had what, TWO people now, who fell on their own face under the flag of police brutality?

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