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Pols, cops clueless as protesters run wild in downtown Oakland (no one arrested, $12K damage)
insidebayarea.com ^ | 10/8/12 | Paul T. Rosynsky - Oakland Tribune

Posted on 10/09/2012 12:04:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

OAKLAND -- A protest at City Hall that surprised both the Police Department and top city officials caused more than $12,000 in damage to public buildings and thousands more to private businesses, city officials said Monday.

A day after about 200 protesters roamed downtown streets with no consequences, smashing windows of businesses and city offices, city officials were still trying to explain why no one was arrested and why police were unprepared.

The protest was billed on Facebook as an anti-imperialist rally and march, timed to coincide with the 11th anniversary of the start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

But the Police Department had no idea the march was going to occur, and by the time officials realized a large gathering was forming and vandalism had begun, it was too late to call in off-duty officers for extra support, said police spokeswoman Johnna Watson.

"We did not have any information that we had 200 to 300 protesters on their way here," Watson said. "The march presented itself, and in that march, they went very quickly doing their vandalism.

"That is very difficult from a law enforcement perspective," Watson continued.

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About an hour later, protesters had left a swath of vandalism in their wake as they broke glass front doors and windows at two city offices and about nine private businesses, including the Oakland Tribune.

Two windows were broken at the newspaper's office. Protesters also targeted three bank branches, the offices of Kaiser Permanente, AC Transit, Fox Theater, Sears and the Oakland Scientific Facility, which houses computers and data storage for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Banks were closed for Columbus Day on Monday.

Protesters also slashed tires and broke windows on a couple of cars.

(Excerpt) Read more at insidebayarea.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: clueless; cops; crime; facebook; oakland; pols; protesters; quan
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They met at Frank Ogawa Plaza, the rest of the story is trashing and vandalism.. a almost 'on demand' occurrence these days.. sad what some have devolved to.
1 posted on 10/09/2012 12:04:57 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

An example of ‘protecting and serving’.


2 posted on 10/09/2012 12:07:17 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: NormsRevenge

I am challenging that figure of $12K in damages.

One building alone had over $6K in Glass damage alone.

There were numerous buildings that lost their windows—large Bank plate glass windows.

Cars damaged.

Paint sprayed everywhere. One quote to clean the paint from just one building was over $3000.

Some quotes out of Oakland say it may be as high as $100K.


3 posted on 10/09/2012 12:10:26 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: NormsRevenge

The Oakland Police monitor only conservative blogs and tweets for threats LOL


4 posted on 10/09/2012 12:11:03 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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5 posted on 10/09/2012 12:14:30 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: NormsRevenge
But the Police Department had no idea the march was going to occur, and by the time officials realized a large gathering was forming and vandalism had begun, it was too late to call in off-duty officers for extra support, said police spokeswoman Johnna Watson.

"We did not have any information that we had 200 to 300 protesters on their way here," Watson said. "The march presented itself, and in that march, they went very quickly doing their vandalism.

"That is very difficult from a law enforcement perspective," Watson continued.

Hogwash. Oakland needed a new mayor, but it also needs a new police chief, apparently.

What if this was a real life threatening emergency, would the same excuse be given?

6 posted on 10/09/2012 12:15:25 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey, just like the Tea Party /sarcasm


7 posted on 10/09/2012 12:16:08 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: steve86

I guess they have not yet heard of having machine guns and flame thowers at the ready for these “occurances”.


8 posted on 10/09/2012 12:18:48 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wait till the Detroit Tigers wrap up the series.


9 posted on 10/09/2012 12:19:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: NormsRevenge

They must have been upset by Oakland’s colonial empire.


10 posted on 10/09/2012 12:22:17 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: steve86

You jest, but I think this is a taste of what’s to come, soon.

The left will use this rabble as their army to “put down” conservatives, and the police will only step in and interfere when conservatives fight back.


11 posted on 10/09/2012 12:23:06 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Mouton

It be a good way to allow such people to self-select for removal from the gene pool.


12 posted on 10/09/2012 12:23:16 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: NormsRevenge

It couldn’t have happened to a “better” city.


13 posted on 10/09/2012 12:25:33 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: NormsRevenge

All that broken glass and no looting? Aw hell no! Story is bogus or not telling the whole thing.


14 posted on 10/09/2012 12:25:53 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: NormsRevenge

Aside from shooting them ALL, I think the next best thing is follow them home...and retaliate in kind.


15 posted on 10/09/2012 12:26:50 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Oakland is a dirty imperialist city? Who knew?

Dirty, yes. But I doubt if there are very many imperialists there, especially in city hall.


16 posted on 10/09/2012 12:27:52 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: NormsRevenge

Zero troops practicing for Nov 7


17 posted on 10/09/2012 12:28:47 PM PDT by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Dem politicians
Dem policies
Dem union supporters
Dem pensions
Dem bennies
Dem fat salaries
Dem taxes
Dem regulations
Dem fees
Dem immigration policies
Dem voters

= Dem Failure

= Oakland


18 posted on 10/09/2012 12:38:08 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey Normy!

I find it rather odd that there are NO photos of the “protesters” (read thugs). I know Oakland.........
‘nuff said.

And they couldn’t find one cop to check it out? Not even a cruiser? Something stinks.


19 posted on 10/09/2012 12:42:57 PM PDT by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!")
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To: NormsRevenge

We shot them under Rule *Three* *Oh* *Three*!

20 posted on 10/09/2012 12:44:58 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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