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Kelley reports: "Oakland Mayor Jean Quan released a statement late last night saying she now supports the Occupy Oakland protesters and will minimize police presence for the time being. The statement comes less than 48 hours after local police used excessive force against protesters, including rubber bullets, stun grenades, sound cannons, and tear gas. One protester, an Iraq war veteran named Scott Olsen, was shot with a projectile at close range, fracturing his skull and landing him in critical condition."

The scene in downtown Oakland, California, on the afternoon of October, 25 2011. (photo: Andrew Kenower/flickr)
The scene in downtown Oakland, California, on the afternoon of October, 25 2011. (photo: Andrew Kenower/flickr)

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's About-Face

Reader Supported News

27 October 11


Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns


Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's rather remarkable statement below marks a watershed for the burgeoning American Occupy movements.

Cast against the backdrop of Wednesday's fully-militarized Oakland city center, Quan's effusively conciliatory remarks can only be interpreted as an admission that turning downtown Oakland into a war zone to roll up a tent-city encampment did not work.

It should be noted that adherence to non-violent discipline on the part of the Occupy Oakland organizers and all the protesters that participated throughout the day was a critically important factor in forcing the City of Oakland's hand.

Brute-force police oppression of the Occupy movement has taken its best shot. It is possible that non-violent resistance has prevailed. -- Marc Ash/RSN


tatement by Oakland, California, Mayor Jean Quan on Wednesday's police action against Occupy Oakland protesters:

We support the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement: we have high levels of unemployment and we have high levels of foreclosure that makes Oakland part of the 99% too. We are a progressive city and tolerant of many opinions. We may not always agree, but we all have a right to be heard.

I want to thank everyone for the peaceful demonstration at Frank Ogawa Park tonight, and thank the city employees who worked hard to clean up the plaza so that all activities can continue including Occupy Wall Street. We have decided to have a minimal police presence at the plaza for the short term and build a community effort to improve communications and dialogue with the demonstrators.

99% of our officers stayed professional during difficult and dangerous circumstances as did some of the demonstrators who dissuaded other protestors from vandalizing downtown and for helping to keep the demonstrations peaceful. For the most part, demonstrations over the past two weeks have been peaceful. We hope they continue to be so.

I want to express our deepest concern for all of those who were injured last night, and we are committed to ensuring this does not happen again. Investigations of certain incidents are underway and I will personally monitor them.

We understand and recognize the impact this event has had on the community and acknowledge what has happened. We cannot change the past, but we are committed to doing better.

Most of us are part of the 99%, and understand the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. We are committed to honoring their free speech right.

Finally, we understand the demonstrators want to meet with me and Chief Jordan. We welcome open dialogue with representatives of Occupy Wall Street members, and we are willing to meet with them as soon as possible. your social media marketing partner


A note of caution regarding our comment sections:

For months a stream of media reports have warned of coordinated propaganda efforts targeting political websites based in the U.S., particularly in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

We too were alarmed at the patterns we were, and still are, seeing. It is clear that the provocateurs are far more savvy, disciplined, and purposeful than anything we have ever experienced before.

It is also clear that we still have elements of the same activity in our article discussion forums at this time.

We have hosted and encouraged reader expression since the turn of the century. The comments of our readers are the most vibrant, best-used interactive feature at Reader Supported News. Accordingly, we are strongly resistant to interrupting those services.

It is, however, important to note that in all likelihood hardened operatives are attempting to shape the dialog our community seeks to engage in.

Adapt and overcome.

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Founder, Reader Supported News

+175 # michelle 2011-10-27 15:43
Will those responsible for the brutal actions against the occupiers be held responsible? Will the city pick up the medical expenses for Scott Olsen? The people are tired of words, even the right words. We want to see action and accountability along with sincere apology.
+34 # giraffee2012 2011-10-27 20:26
A lawyer has been hired and is demanding an investigation by and independent - because in CA the police "usually" investigate their own police when they murder or use extreme force resulting in severe damage. BUT asking and getting is yet to be seen.
+78 # mjc 2011-10-27 16:13
That's "shot from close range." What in hell are the members of the Oakland police force? Creatures from the lost lagoon? And where in the world is this mayor who seems to take a looonnnggg time to understand what Occupy Wall Street is. Pretty stupid, for sure.
+83 # Adoregon 2011-10-27 19:08
Police action like that in Oakland is intended to do two things:

1) Intimidate. Without their guns, what are they but a bunch of government sanctioned thugs in uniform. Take away the uniform and the guns...

2) Provoke anger and a violent response from those expressing dissent. If they can provoke the demonstrators into reacting, THEN they have license to "take the gloves off."

Absolute non-violence on the part of the occupy movements is key. Let the Praetorian guards show their true colors for all to abhor.
+16 # NanFan 2011-10-28 05:06
Exactly...Oakla nd's legacy for getting things changed in the face of violent responses from government continues. The people of this city and of the U of CA Berkeley have always worked peacefully to secure their civil rights for ALL people.

That the mayor finally sees the flip side of the coin -- the total welling up of outright physical civil war -- will be remembered as the day the movement changed.

I applaud her, whatever her motivation, and even if it took her a while. Her thoughts and actions are spot on, and only if she works with the Occupy movement will she see real change for the better in her city.

It is way too bad that the vast injury of Scott Olsen happened for no reason, except that the police "could do it." This message sank in loud and clear to Mayor Quan, I believe, as she saw that ALL of this was merely to break up a peaceful encampment, to try to take away the right of the people to protest unjust laws. And if this could happen for this reason, what next?

The tides are turning and the world is watching. It is time for all US lawmakers to listen to and understand the needs and fears and purpose of the Occupy movement. It's time for more of this type of action and admission of understanding. It's way past time. And by the way, Mr. Obama, "we can NOT wait" for you to act any longer. DO the right thing NOW!
+1 # sebouhian 2011-10-30 23:34
Damn right! Where is the Pres.? on these terrible attacks on the citizens of what was once a "free" country based on the ideals of the great visionary founders. We shouldn't have to have martyrs bloodied in the streets by the "protectors" of our country. We shouldn't have to sacrifice flesh and blood to remind our "government" of its responsibility for life and understanding of critics taking to the streets because they are otherwise totally ignored. We are all responsible for each other not just because of laws, but most importantly because we are all of the same species, human, which should always mean humanitarian.
+5 # Capn Canard 2011-10-30 07:49
There is always a macho guy ideal that some police act on. They got a badge, they got a gun, they got authority and then they can get away what is normally a violent crime. I wonder what the distribution of psychopathic personality disorder is among police, I would guess that it is above the norm.
+128 # Barbara K 2011-10-27 16:21
Shame on that Mayor! Turning armed riot police on peaceful UNARMED AMERICAN marchers. To say that bottles were thrown at them is BS. The whole thing is on many tapes, there are no bottles laying around on the streets, sidewalks or anywhere else.
Scott Olsen is a hero. Heads need to roll in Oakland Mayor's office and the Police Dept. Stop attacking Americans everywhere. What a bunch of cowards, these marchers are unarmed. You really needed to be tougher on the Tbaggers who acted like idiots, and prancing around with weapons -- they WERE armed.

+51 # Puck 2011-10-27 19:00
Good advice Barbara! Anyone whose income is under $250K and votes Republican is nuts! I wouldn't vote for a Republican for dog catcher!
+127 # gentle 2011-10-27 16:31
What a photo. An officer clearly not being threatened, demonstrators running away and his weapon raised and leveled at the crowd. As a matter of fact, he's about five feet in front of the nearest other officer. This is a breath taking document/photog raph of officer not upholding his Oath, but rather a criminal with a badge. Remember Oakland ... the world is watching. IMHO it took great courage and a presence of mind to snap this one. Thank you Andrew Kenower/flickr) .
+23 # feloneouscat 2011-10-28 08:28
This photo show exactly what the police were doing: inciting fear.

My god have they sunk so low as to raise weapons against an unarmed citizenry? What did they think to accomplish?

All I can think is they have violated SOO many protocols that this makes the macing of the women in NY pale by comparison.
+55 # fredboy 2011-10-27 16:37
Oakland's vicious actions are disgraceful. Apology not accepted. Be thankful my OWS friends are kind and caring, but don't confuse that with weakness and reluctance. If force continues, it may soon be necessary to counter it. Three hundred million people can do that.
+49 # Buddha 2011-10-27 18:22
No. Nothing will turn "undecided" public opinion against the Occupy protests than responding with force and violence. Look to the lesson of Ghandi, where many times the British killed unarmed nonviolent occupiers with machine guns...and as Ghandi noted, "...when they fight you, you win". Their violence against non-violent protesters simply expressing their First Amendment duties shows their moral vacuum and only strengthens our cause. Stay non-violent at all costs, even if we ourselves are hurt and even killed.
+42 # noitall 2011-10-27 18:25
Don't go there fredboy, history proves that violence against the violent will not work. There is no better armed or trained in violence than are American forces and don't kid yourself, they are brainwashed to defend their master and the master ain't us. Their NIGHTMARE is hoards of disciplined masses that are determined to win but determined to keep peace. Remember the words of Ghandi I paraphrase: first they ignore you then they demean you, then they attack you, and then you win. We're into the beginning of the 'attack' phase. If we keep the faith and have the discipline to remain Peaceful, then we win! Winning might mean growing numbers into the street and the resulting impact on policy. Whatever 'win' amounts to, it is the beginning of the end of this house of cards. LEARN, EDUCATE, RECRUIT, GET INTO THE STREET, EDUCATE! Inflitrators will be identified by their efforts to violence whether baited or not.
+14 # feloneouscat 2011-10-28 09:07
Violence is not the answer. Buddha, Jesus, Ghandi - non-violence will trump violence every time.

If 300 million people wish it, they can vote these kinds of idiots out of office. We can make this a country for the 99% - it just requires will.
+12 # John Locke 2011-10-28 09:56
But it is a reminder of Kent State 1970
+48 # Wildliberal 2011-10-27 16:44
The Oakland General Strike of 1947 is still a hallmark of the United States Labor History. Look it up! One-term Mayor Quan steeped right her own pile of oops when she called in the cops. The "temporary Chief" will remain thatuntil a real cop is found.
+88 # ghw 2011-10-27 16:48
The power of non-violence can not be understated and I hope the Occupy protests here and abroad will continue to embrace non-violent protest EVEN in the face of the excesses of the police state. Eventually this will get 100% support from the 99%.
+5 # Cassandra2012 2011-10-28 22:34
Quoting ghw:
The power of non-violence can not be understated and I hope the Occupy protests here and abroad will continue to embrace non-violent protest EVEN in the face of the excesses of the police state. Eventually this will get 100% support from the 99%.

Yes, the lessons of Mahatma Gandhi point the way... violence begets more violence and would only be seen as a justification to quashing OWS.... non-violence is the moral high ground and in the end wins.
+36 # Ed 2011-10-27 16:48
I don’t know where Oakland is but some poor sod of an ex-soldier certainly does.
You can almost hear the brakes screeching as Oakland spins thru 180. Looks very much like someone has had words (…“Jeez, you guys”…). Oakland’s PR machine has been triggered – keep an eye on their marketing spend. What now follows is damage limitation.
+47 # ouijian 2011-10-27 16:49
She needs to be recalled or voted out of office. Her initial reaction shows how clueless she is.
+54 # noitall 2011-10-27 16:51
Mayor Quan, you should either resign for the actions of your police chief if he was carrying out your orders OR you should fire the Police Chief for this abuse of power and authority against the very people who pay him through their taxes to protect them. It is your decision to make. We will await your action.
+6 # Carolyn 2011-10-27 16:56
thank you to Oakland's Mayor. We are evolving a spirit of empaty, compassion
+30 # Puck 2011-10-27 19:02
Better call it what it is, Carolyn: Damage control!
+9 # mwd870 2011-10-28 06:22
Call it damage control, but if the Oakland Mayor's statement is sincere it does represent a new spirit of empathy - turning the wave of public opinion and gaining support from elected officials is what this movement is about.

Best wishes to Scott Olsen for a full recovery - I hope all his medical and related expenses are paid by the city of Oakland.
+88 # DLT888 2011-10-27 17:04
Looks at that photo of those cops standing there aiming their large guns at unarmed people! These cops are SICK!!!!! They should and NEED to be off the streets! Michelle above is right -- the people are tired of words and small consolations. Our entire police system in this country is unacceptable and has been for a looong time (ask any black male). This whole corporate system must fall and with it - the fascists who call themselves the police dept. We will no longer tolerate this behavior when this is all over to ANYONE. And YES, the city needs to pick up all medical expenses for Scott Olsen. And the men who aimed and shot need to be hauled into court and face trial.
+27 # Jackson 2011-10-27 18:16
I'm in San Diego and proud of our police who see as their goal protection of the OWS demonstrators as well as the general public. Our entire police system isn't unacceptable - a good chief and a good departmental culture can yield a mutually cooperative and beneficial relationship with the public. I teach night classes to adults in a public park patrolled by SDPD officers - who are by & large lovely people who stop to chat, trust us enough to accept leftover treats from class, and we are happy to have them keep the park safe for us. What happened in Oakland and Boston is horrible and needs remediation. That does not indict all police everywhere.
+9 # rmelcher 2011-10-27 17:20
Thank you Carolyn, for the one really progressive response not fueled by anger and a desire for revenge against people who are probably just as clueless and confused as many, if not most Americans. We need to stop the cycle of revenge and reprisal, not call for more of it.
+19 # gpwms 2011-10-27 17:25
I suppose there are a couple of ways to read Quan's statement that "99% of our officers stayed professional during difficult and dangerous circumstances as did some of the demonstrators who dissuaded other protestors from vandalizing downtown and for helping to keep the demonstrations peaceful."

One reading--the way I see it--is that she's juxtaposing the "99%" (police) with "some" protesters.

Yes, it was a dangerous situation, but obviously not the cops, who outnumbered the protesters. Kudos to the Occupiers for keeping the peace!

Don't expect Quan to show up at a General Assembly.
+14 # feloneouscat 2011-10-28 08:43
[quote name="gpwms"]I suppose there are a couple of ways to read Quan's statement that "99% of our officers stayed professional during difficult and dangerous circumstances as did some of the demonstrators who dissuaded other protestors from vandalizing downtown and for helping to keep the demonstrations peaceful."

So 1% of the officers didn't act professionally? Funny, I suspect it was more because a man was lying on the ground, obviously bleeding and not a single officer stepped over the barricade to help him.

Moreover, the "dangerous circumstances" were NOT created by the demonstrators, but by the police who drew weapons on the protesters. Rather than handle this in a peaceful way, Quan relied on brute, possibly illegal, force.

The one sentence I had to laugh at was "We are committed to honoring their free speech right." Yes, after your brutal acts and lies seem to put you in a really tight spot, NOW you want to honor free speech. Unless I misread things, you HAVE to honor their free speech right. That is the meaning of a RIGHT. Talk to one of your lawyers about it.

FYI, notice there is no apology. Just a "we can't change the past".
+32 # Paul Scott 2011-10-27 17:32
I’m an old disabled Viet Nam draftee combat vet, who supported the OWS movement, before Oakland; now I intend to be a presence “with” OWS whenever possible. I made my first physical protest appearance today by standing with Social Security employees protesting the super committee’s consideration of shortening Social Security office operating hours, furloughing employees, and eventually cutting my benefits. I believe preventative maintenance is the way to handle our problem with congress.
+22 # fredboy 2011-10-27 17:36
Oakland needs law AND order, not thugs with badges. Time to take back justice so it serves the people, not just the uniforms with bludgeons and guns.
+27 # veraturner 2011-10-27 17:39
The Mayor could show her support by having the police officers provide Water, Food and sanitation facilities for the protesters. This is not going to end soon. Groups could be organized to provide the essentials to the front line.
+6 # RagingLiberal 2011-10-27 23:19
Yes, Vera, if the mayor wanted to actually Show Support, that's what she would have done. What she wanted to do is diffuse the damage, hoping to keep her lousy job. I hope she is booted out of office before she gets the chance to sell out Oakland one more time!
+29 # nancyw 2011-10-27 17:48
It is usually the police who start the violence. This has been so obvious for all the OWS gatherings. Even the destruction of their property - their tents, their beds, their clothing - is violent and totally unnecessary. Simply an excuse to destroy, to vent any personal anger on an innocent public, such a macho thing. Negotiation. Dialogue. Not a new concept. Hello!
+24 # veraturner 2011-10-27 18:08
Cities need to support the protesters. They are part of the 99%. Listen and interact with the group. Water, Food and sanitation need to be provided for the front line of this movement.
+26 # Buddha 2011-10-27 18:24
Keep protesting, keep non-violent, even in the face of violence against us. That turns public opinion against those who are controlling the cops.
+28 # noitall 2011-10-27 18:31
With every blow that we absorb, they lose the credibility, support and power. Ours is a worthy, honorable, and just cause. We adhere to our mission of peace in our demonstration for our Constitutional Rights, we will not lose. Lose interest and go home? this is not a game, this is for life and our future. Believe that when you go to the street. Act respectful. Many have died for what we demonstrate for today and into the future until we WIN.
+20 # Terrapin 2011-10-27 18:48
Oakland has a Police Oversight Board whose only reason for being is to make sure that no officer / thugs is held responsible / liable or get terminated or prosecuted. The number of police brutality cases filed to reprimand ratio bears this out. Oakland Police has had Free License to Kill and use brutal and excessive force with impunity ... especially if there is a Black Male in the crosshairs. Oakland "Police" has summerially EXECUTED thousands of people, I have personal news experience of 45 years of stories of Oakland officers killing / shooting / responding with deadly force in situations.
Oakland has consequently, paid hundreds of millions of legal costs when the police brutality was "too Blatant to hide"
Sincere apology, how Pollyanna, this is going to COST Oakland millions. All because Oakland iinstitutionall y will not clean out that Rats Nest of filth known as a Police Department.
I was at the occupation site ... before the police riot.
The swat teams look like fucking ORCS (and acted like them too). It is utterly dismaying to me to see and FEEL Human Beings (?) that are just waiting to be unleashed to go Lethal ... but maybe a Sincere Apology after will make all the dead Americans feel better.
+7 # RagingLiberal 2011-10-27 23:22
Agreed! It had damn well BETTER cost them millions! AND all of their jobs! They should be "run out on the rail", and preferably tarred and feathered first! If this Mayor B*tch doesn't lose her damn job, I'm Peter Pan.
+35 # Phlippinout 2011-10-27 18:49
I took a gun class and we were taught that shooting at anything fleeing the scene is a crime. Look at these thugs shooting their gas at people fleeing, what cowards they are!
+31 # lamancha 2011-10-27 18:59
Let's hope Oakland is sued by the Olsen family for every penny in its coffers. The police were itching for confrontation with their blitskrieg mentality on defenseless, peaceful protestors. Are we a democracy or just some fascist police state? Every mayor & police commish. of cities hosting the "occupy protests" must warn every single cop to stay clear of the protestors, no matter how long they maintain a peaceful presence.
+16 # tomofsnj 2011-10-27 19:09
I think this is more like the statement that everyone believes in God when under fire. I do not know the mayor but I suspect this is a case of accepting how badly the police look in this matter and attempting to save a political career over feeling sorry for those injured in the unnecessary brutal treatment by the police. The government exist to protect the public Today I read that congress now has a 9 percent approval rating. Congress has set a schedule of only 103 days of meeting in 2012. Most people work close to 225 days a year and struggle under the burden of the taxes enacted by the congress and the local government like the mayor. I think it is time to fire our professional politicians and hire homeless who could not do a worse job that what we already have.
+11 # RagingLiberal 2011-10-27 23:26
Bullshit on that!! This Mayor called in f*cking Homeland Security and SWAT to attack her own citizens! This is not some poor woman trying to "make up", this is a guilty, evil bitch who knows she has just killed her job futures, and wants to avoid being run out of town! It was HER decision, and she NOW knows how badly she f*cked it up! Don't give her human qualities she does not possess!
+24 # rose 2011-10-27 19:13
Mayor Quan.....too little, too late. You can't rewind the clock on that debacle that took place in your city. Your words are meaningless. The actions of YOUR police force spoke volumes. Shame!
+13 # rhgreen 2011-10-27 19:18
I think the commenters should chill. They should be happy to have an example of a city realizing the police crackdowns are wrong and publicly admitting it. Most other places are still attacking and forcibly removing those who are peacefully demonstrating. For God's sake, let's appreciate the Oakland mayor's conversion on her own Road to Damascus. Maybe other places will take note.
+11 # feloneouscat 2011-10-28 08:59
Quoting rhgreen:
They should be happy to have an example of a city realizing the police crackdowns are wrong and publicly admitting it.

Nowhere will you find in that statement Quan admitting the crackdown was wrong. In fact, what was said was "99% of our officers stayed professional during difficult and dangerous circumstances" - what wasn't said is that the difficult and dangerous circumstances were created by the officers against protesters.

Nowhere does Quan apologize. Quan's "enlightenment" comes after discovering that brutal police tactics and lies don't seem to work. Worse, Quan goes on to say "we have decided to have a minimal police presence at the plaza for the short term" - SHORT TERM? Wait, didn't you just say they have the right to protest?

Give with the left, take with the right. Quan has learned only one thing: police brutality and lies look bad on TV. Otherwise, nothing was learned.
+4 # minkdumink 2011-10-27 19:21
the people in Oakland must have been hunkered down planning a just response.she must have got wind of it, no doubt someone did.
+7 # RagingLiberal 2011-10-27 23:29
Jesus!! RH and Mink, you are giving these people credit for bullshit you are creating in your own minds! WE are NOT happy with a city trying to "make up" for killing a War Veteran Marine! And the people in Oakland were "Occupying" just like we are all over this country! To presume it's somehow the fault of protesters that this woman went in with SWAT and Homeland Security forces is inhumane and SICK on your part! Get a fucking clue! This was a deliberate action, and would NOT have been followed by apology without the mindless slaughter of a young Marine Hero!
+10 # jwb110 2011-10-27 19:35
The Mayor is going to have to do a lot more than that come re-re-election time. Like maybe listening to ALL of the citizens of Oakland.
+1 # RagingLiberal 2011-10-27 23:30
Or maybe she will be tarred and feathered and hung by her toes on the "Welcome to Oakland" sign, as she deserves!
+6 # Hot Doggie 2011-10-27 20:39
Please thank the Mayor for OWS's standing to sue the city, county, and state over the mistreatment of the peaceful protestors. It's about time the OWS made some money from the taxpayers and that the taxpayers know who caused their city's loss of money.
+5 # RagingLiberal 2011-10-27 23:32
And YOU think we should THANK the woman responsible for KILLING a War Hero?? Because you think a movement without a leader can somehow sue this bitch? Hot Dog, you need to go on back to kindergarten and leave the thinking to the grown-ups! Please DO NOT minimize the death of a Marine by finding your imaginary silver lining!
+6 # Jesus Follower 2011-10-28 14:28
He's not dead, thank the Lord. His condition has been upgraded to fair. His parents have flown to Oakland from Wisconsin and he "brightened considerably" when he saw them. Bad enough as it is, though. I'm just thankful he hasn't died.

I'm sure in the long run, this will boost the OWS movement -- and keep the protest peaceful no matter what the 1% does. It's the only way to win in the long run. Ghandi did it. So can we!
+22 # lvpapa 2011-10-27 21:11
We have entered the "and then they fight us and then we win" stage.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to the Oakland police for showing the world how stupid the police are and for moving the OWS movement forward.
+5 # propsguy 2011-10-27 21:56
hey, if you gotta do an about face, this is a good direction in which to turn
+9 # Street Level 2011-10-27 22:00
Frank Ogawa would be ashamed that this act of violence was unleashed on our own citizens by our own government.
Nearly 70 years ago, Executive Order 9066 interned Frank's family along with 110,000 others because we were in a "State of War".
Since when does Free Speech, the Right to Peacefully Assemble justify a Government to turn on it's own? Show me what Democracy Looks Like.
+2 # brianf 2011-10-27 22:02
I think the mayor trusted the police too much. She was away at the time, and they told her things were getting out of hand, and I think she trusted them to do the right thing. She shouldn't have trusted the Oakland police, given their past. That was a mistake. But the fact that she is trying to make things right is better than 99% of elected officials. I think we should give her the chance. Hopefully she has learned from her mistake. We will see how things play out.
+6 # soularddave 2011-10-27 23:24
I first heard of this tragedy in emails from friends in places like London, Hong Kong, Berlin, Iraq, and Pakistan. Do you have any idea what the troops in Iraq are thinking??? One of their own is 'down", and they're mad as hell.

We need to take a moment and figure out how to do a "crash course" in how we win with non-violence, and how "they're" losing by violating US.
+9 # Nominae 2011-10-28 04:44
This apology, and the promise to "back down" is by *far* the best thing that's happened to OWS to date. This sends a strong signal to cops in Denver, Boston, et al, when a Force like Oakland, known for decades to be one of the most vicious out there, is forced to back off.

Oakland Police have been known since the early days of the Black Panther Movement for being one of the most violent, aggressive, trigger-happy paramilitary units this side of LAPD.

Certainly no one can condone or in any way approve of what they did, but the *footage* of what they did is circulating the globe. And just remember, most nations are *much* more easily shocked by footage of this kind of violence than are most Americans.

This was a GREAT victory, attributable to all of the OWS Occupiers, especially those injured and those who prevented their fellows from committing violence and vandalism in response. Oakland PD knows *exactly* what to do about violent confrontation (ask those old enough to remember the Black Panthers). This is proving that OPD has *NO* idea what to do about peaceful resistance, and 9 billion cameras that capture their insane depredations on peaceful Citizens performing their civic duties.

However "tarnished" the Public apology may be, it is a *HUGE VICTORY* for OWS !
+7 # 666 2011-10-28 05:46
I was in Berlin to watch the Wall come tumblin' down. Some thoughts:
Quan was duped by forces of evil about the "dope-smoking marxist-anarchi st hippies". I think she just realized it was a big lie.
We MUST welcome all Quans, forgiving their acts as agents of state power once they recognize state power is no longer valid. For OWS to succeed, we must embrace ALL 99%. We need cops, vets, mayors, & politicos. Support from authority figures will bring workaday dad & mom & their 2.2 kids(it's their future).If OWS fails, we'll sow seeds for a future uprising. (As a child I attended a few Vietnam protests, they had a huge impact on my ideas of justice & state power.)

DHS, military, and merc advisers are actively manipulating local politicians & police forces. Denver, Orlando, Oakland are skirmishes to test resolves of protestors & public AND gather intel. There will be more. Flood the courts with legal challenges & protect our bill of rights. Lawyers step up!
NONVIOLENCE! IF The Man thinks he can end the occupations with violence, ALL of them will be brought to an end (along with our bill of rights) in a coordinated overnight strike - watch for the signs. THAT will be the moment when mom & dad, cops, biz folks, politicos & soldiers must join us in the streets or doom our children to live in tyranny. Will we choose freedom or slavery?
+10 # fredboy 2011-10-28 07:51
Not talking violence--I instead suggest sustained, thorough investigations of local and financial wrongs. In this case, violence against OWS groups is very wrong. Please remember that noble resistance does not mean passive resistance without action or reaction. We have the Internet and the ability to share and show the wrongs we protest and how those wrongs are injuring our nation. The key is to hold up a mirror to these thugs and robbers and share the image--the truth--with the entire nation.
+14 # bobby t. 2011-10-28 11:36
who knows who bull conners was? many of you do. he was the cop who ordered pressure hoses on defenseless men and women who marched for civil rights. no one would have known of this evil man if he had not done that. those pictures and video helped persuade "the man" to finally get a civil rights bill. perhaps this event will be a symbol, like the bull conners actions, for all of america to respond to...let's pray it too becomes one of the things that pushes this movement forward.
+6 # Star Warrior 2011-10-29 02:42
I wish to applaud all of my American brothers and sisters for the peaceful occupations by the 99% in many cities accross your continent. A special heart felt word for the so called Justice Dept and police forces, that have shown a disgusting approach and may I add unlawfulness towards those, that wish to assemble and demonstrate peacfully. I believe that the Declaration of Independance was conceived, especially the first amendment, to protect and encourage free speech for the people of the United States of America. Therefore, those that wish to act against the people in this instance should be put on trial and held accountable for their relentless brutality even though they were under orders (from who is the question). Take note "ALL" law enforcement agencies that "The World is Watching" your draconian acts of violence towards the very people that your are employed to protect!!!"SHAM E ON YOU" and "SHAME ON YOUR PUPPETEERS" I send much love from Australia to "ALL" peaceful demonstrators as "Unity is Strength" and know this, although I cannot be by your side at this moment, I AM there with you in spirit. God Bless The People of America, the real people - the 99%!!! LOL.
+2 # lark3650 2011-10-30 21:22
Actions speak louder than words, Madame Mayor...what the police did to these peaceful protestors....f ollowing your orders is criminal!
+2 # lneidhold 2011-10-30 21:47
What Quan fails to realize it that there are no "representative s" of Occupy. Occupy is the group. No one person can speak for the group. At some point the group will be the 99% with whom Quan feebly attempts to identify. Only when she is standing shoulder to shoulder with the 99% will she be able to speak truthfully. Shame on Oakland governance.

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