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Occupy Oakland protest targets council member
Oakland Tribune ^ | 6/11/12 | Matthew Artz and Kristin J. Bender

Posted on 06/11/2012 10:53:47 PM PDT by SmithL

About three dozen Occupy Oakland demonstrators marched from Lake Merritt to an Oakland City Council member's home Monday evening to object to a proposal that would make it a crime to carry shields and clubs at protests and give police the right to arrest protesters who do so.

The occupiers marched through the neighborhood just off Lakeshore Avenue to the home of Councilwoman Pat Kernighan, who is sponsoring the ordinance along with City Attorney Barbara Parker. The protesters, followed by half a dozen patrol cars, arrived at Kernighan's house shortly before 7:30 p.m.

"You will see there is a police cruiser behind us because they don't take kindly when we fight for people's rights," protester Jessica Hollie told a crowd in front of Kernighan's home. Curious neighbors stepped out of their homes to witness the spectacle as the occupiers chanted, rang Kernighan's doorbell and even burned a small American flag.

The proposed ordinance is intended to prevent protests from turning violent by allowing police to quickly remove agitators seen carrying the prohibited items, which include clubs, shields, accelerants, painting devices, paint projectiles, sling shots, hammers and wrenches.

Those arrested under the ordinance would face up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Presently, police cannot arrest demonstrators unless they catch them in the act of using the makeshift weapons. Occupy Oakland members have been fighting the proposal, which they say is written so broadly it would effectively ban cameras, tripods and canes.

Occupiers shouted and cursed at Kernighan during a council Public Safety Committee discussion of the proposed law last month.

Kernighan cut that meeting short after demonstrators shouted down and appeared to threaten a supporter of the law.

"We hope to place political pressure on Pat Kernighan and all other local officials to be accountable for passing ordinances that deem that anything you carry at a protest can be seen as a weapon," Gricelda Gutierrez said.

Kernighan has not said publicly how she plans to proceed with the proposal, expected to be amended with more specific definitions as to what constitutes a weapon.

She can avoid bringing the law back before the committee and take it directly to the full council with the support of another council member.

The group gathered Monday night also carried less-dangerous items they said could be misconstrued as pretexts for an arrest under the ordinance, such as a fairy wand, a baguette, a piece of chicken, an umbrella and a yoga mat.

"We are poking fun. We are saying (these things) could be (considered real threats) if they pass it," said Ian Kersey.

Kernighan was not immediately available for comment.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: oakland; occupy

1 posted on 06/11/2012 10:54:01 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Confrontation at Occupy Oakland, a week or two before a murder led to the camp's shutdown:

Confrontation Occupy Oakland Oct 18 2011, One Occupier of Oakland's Ogawa Plaza (with headband) confronted another after what he (headband) said was an insult by the other man. He followed him across the entire park, repeatedly bumping into the man in an apparent attempt to start a fight, while yelling at him. It created quite a commotion among the Occupanistas. The apparent source of the incident was the stealing of a phone from a tent (the man with the headband's tent). A woman was caught stealing and the second man (who he was chasing) apparently said something in defense of her or against the man with the headband. Finally after several minutes of this, a woman came to calm down the man with the headband. She became his new target and she walked back to the camp in disgust.....It's not really a surprise there was lawlessness in the camp considering many of the Occupanistas are felons or mentally ill homeless, or current/former Black Panthers. And the biggest surprise of all... there were NO POLICE visible anywhere at all, unlike at Occupy San Francisco and Occupy Wall Street. Both of those camps had a very strong police presence.

"Welcome" sign, Occupy Oakland 2011:

'Welcome' sign Occupy Oakland Oct 18 2011, Frank Ogawa Plaza has be renamed "Oscar Grant Plaza" by some of the Occupy Oakland protesters. Oscar Grant wikipedia link:

2 posted on 06/12/2012 2:33:01 AM PDT by zipper (espions sur les occupants)
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