Skip to comments.Occupy Oakland, then lock and load
Posted on 02/19/2012 6:27:37 AM PST by SmithL
Occupy Oakland activists have filed a lawsuit against Oakland and are seeking damages. The ACLU-backed suit argues that protesters are engaged in "peaceful expressive activity," while Oakland police have used "excessive force" that has inflicted "mental stress" on activists. The lawsuit also complains that police have not sufficiently warned activists before dispersal orders. Thus Occupiers "did not have an opportunity to gather their belongings and leave the camp without being arrested or harmed."
Of course, participants are aware that when they trespass on others' property or block streets to keep people from getting to work that police are supposed to arrest them. Yet, they whine that they aren't given enough warning to get away - with all their stuff.
It's copacetic when Occupy is violent. Its website has announced that certain protests would be "militant" and those who "identify as peaceful" may want to stay home. Occupiers describe their mix of peaceful and hostile protests as a "diversity of tactics" - which is doublespeak for violent anarchists hiding behind clueless lefties.
It's asymmetrical warfare. In the rest of the world, the dissident who fights City Hall is the hopelessly outgunned underdog. In Oakland, City Hall is the underdog.
When activists first pitched their tents on Frank Ogawa Plaza in the first half of October, members of the Oakland City Council welcomed them. After two weeks, the illegal encampment was a health nightmare - as well as toxic for local merchants. Mayor Jean Quan finally told police to remove the tents in front of City Hall on Oct. 25. After Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen was injured and out-of-town liberal wags chastised the mayor, Quan invited Occupy back.
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Oakland: they need the Flower-power mayor back. When will someone put a call into Sacramento? Their current mayor has no backbone. I was going to say balls, but then, SHE wouldn’t have those anyway. She COULD have backbone but she’s a-feard of all those demonstrators. They have her between a rock and a hard place, the no-win zone.
When you set up a camp you are no longer protesting, you are trespassing.
We need to have the ACLU recognised as a terrorist organisation.
IMO they were handled much too gently and much too late. They should have been tossed out of the parks the first night.
Crazy thing is some Christians knelt to pray at the White House and got arrested, and had to pay $100 dollar fines.
I'm wondering why no lawyers have recognized that the ACLU has very, very deep pockets and sued the bejeebers out of them.
Oakland strategy has a chink in the armor