In one of the least professional acts I have seen in a long, long time, the Oakland Police Officer’s Association has published an open letter to the community questioning the Mayor:
We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland. We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment and the ability to provide a living for our children and families. We are severely understaffed with many City beats remaining unprotected by police during the day and evening hours.
As your police officers, we are confused.
On Tuesday, October 25th, we were ordered by Mayor Quan to clear out the encampments at Frank Ogawa Plaza and to keep protesters out of the Plaza. We performed the job that the Mayor’s Administration asked us to do, being fully aware that past protests in Oakland have resulted in rioting, violence and destruction of property.
Then, on Wednesday, October 26th, the Mayor allowed protesters back in – to camp out at the very place they were evacuated from the day before.
To add to the confusion, the Administration issued a memo on Friday, October 28th to all City workers in support of the “Stop Work” strike scheduled for Wednesday, giving all employees, except for police officers, permission to take the day off.
That’s hundreds of City workers encouraged to take off work to participate in the protest against “the establishment.” 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?
It is all very confusing to us.
It’s not very confusing at all. Putting aside the fact that I don’t think I have seen a police force of a major city attempt to publicly shit on the Mayor since the days Rudy Giuliani was fomenting riots in NY, here is what happened. The Mayor ordered you in to clear out the plaza. You goons got dressed up in your body armor and helmets and riot gear, and went out and over-reacted. You shot an Iraq war veteran in the head with a tear gas canister, braining him, crushing his skull, and sending him to the hospital where he is still unable to speak. Not done with your thuggish bullshit, you then threw flash-bang grenades at the people trying to save his life. Even worse for you, you can’t lie about it, because it was all caught on tape. Here it is again in case you missed it:
You aren’t stopping “rioting, violence, and destruction of property” by shooting people standing peacefully five yards away from you. You are creating rioting.
So what the mayor is doing now is trying to do some damage control. While she may embrace the spirit of the #OWS movement, she clearly did not want any bad behavior taking place, so she called you in. But you shit the bed, didn’t you? And it isn’t the first time, either. Being a police misconduct lawyer in Oakland is quite lucrative, because of you. From the flatfoots on the beat to BART officers gunning down riders, you guys have created quite an impression.
So it isn’t confusing at all. Maybe you should sit down, take off your taser and put down your riot baton, and think on it a minute. At least have the good sense to think about it for a little bit before penning another asinine open letter.