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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
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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To: Gaffer

“Story is bogus or not telling the whole thing.”

Bingo. That’s what I missed. Great point!


21 posted on 10/09/2012 12:47:10 PM PDT by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!")
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To: NormsRevenge

No mention that these protestors were occupiers.......hmm


22 posted on 10/09/2012 12:50:52 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: cripplecreek
Must admit The Athletics have played very well this year, but I agree Detroit looks hard to beat.

Perhaps a lot of cops had the day off yesterday to be ready for the next three (if needed) nights.

....and Angels' fan.

23 posted on 10/09/2012 12:53:28 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"That is very difficult from a law enforcement perspective," Watson continued.

No it isn't. Shoot to kill. Problem solved...............

24 posted on 10/09/2012 12:58:33 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: Brad's Gramma
I think the next best thing is follow them home...and retaliate in kind.

Why would you want to destroy PUBLIC PROPERTY?.................;^)

25 posted on 10/09/2012 1:00:26 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: NormsRevenge

Because Imperialists live in Downtown Oakland.


26 posted on 10/09/2012 1:02:35 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
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To: Cicero

Ahhh, but you are wrong, my FRiend.

Every Dem wants to be EMPEROR of an EMPIRE.....................


27 posted on 10/09/2012 1:02:46 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: NormsRevenge

Oakland will never have nice things.


28 posted on 10/09/2012 1:03:13 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Churchillspirit

Detroit was predicted to run out front and stay there but struggled through most of the season and fell to 3rd place for a while. They had a 45 game stretch where they never won more than 2 games in a row.

What they really have going for them is the fact that they play well under pressure.


29 posted on 10/09/2012 1:09:37 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
I call BS on the cops were caught unprepared story. This comes from the top down. Barry Hussein-Gov. Brown-Oakland mayor,Etc. Can't have civilians clashing with cops in the streets this close to the election. Better to make a non-story out of it. The media puppets are more than glad to assist Dear Leader!
30 posted on 10/09/2012 1:10:10 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (No matter who you elect,the government eventually gets in.)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Aside from shooting them ALL, I think the next best thing is follow them home...and retaliate in kind.

Typically, their parents will be wealthy and Democrat, which explains the reluctance to bust their heads. As an example, take a look at William Ayers dad

31 posted on 10/09/2012 1:10:10 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: 4yearlurker
The media certainly is complicit.

/johnny

32 posted on 10/09/2012 1:12:30 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GSWarrior
Oakland will never have nice things.

****************************

LOL!

33 posted on 10/09/2012 1:14:52 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: uncitizen
"No mention that these protestors were occupiers.......hmm"

Fauxachontas' peeps.

34 posted on 10/09/2012 1:18:01 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: NormsRevenge

The city administration obviously told the police to leave them alone, because the officials are in complete agreement with the goals of the leftist anarchists.


35 posted on 10/09/2012 1:19:23 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Liberalism is due to a breakdown of the thinking apparatus.)
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To: cripplecreek
I took The Tigers to win the World Series about a month ago.

Time will tell.

I'd rather see Ichiro get a ring.

(Donning flame-retardent suit)

36 posted on 10/09/2012 1:20:26 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Well then...in my little world, that’s all the more reason to follow them home.

I’ll check the link when I get on the laptop. Thanks!


37 posted on 10/09/2012 1:23:05 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Red Badger

I don’t know. I’m just that way. :)

Bless my heart and all..


38 posted on 10/09/2012 1:25:02 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

The point I was trying to make was that most of these parasites are probably living in Section 8 Housing!................


39 posted on 10/09/2012 1:27:46 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, reading this, I am led to believe that the next time you ‘plan’ a bank holdup, or even the bodega on the corner, one must inform the police if the citizenry expects the police department to respond.

OH I FORGOT. California being an OPEN CARRY state and all they should be able to let the citizens take care of their own problems and lay off the cops that just want to ‘ride around’ and worry about coffee breaks.

I realize it is NOT the best comparison etc, but WE must remember that Kent State brought an end to the storming of College Admin Buildings etc .

Once these idiots learn that “WE THE PEOPLE” have no problem making them statistics they will stop making these bad decisions.

Of course, the courts AND JURIES etc, find no problem with giving large awards to ‘students’ that get pepper sprayed AFTER being warned to leave the area, so in some respect, it gives the idiots ‘license’ to do what they want with seemingly no consequences - except getting the rest of us to give them cash awards.


40 posted on 10/09/2012 1:28:53 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Red Badger

FINE!!!

So I need more coffee or something..

:)


41 posted on 10/09/2012 1:37:19 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_J._H._Boetcker


42 posted on 10/09/2012 1:40:11 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: NormsRevenge

So lemmie see if I got this straight: If ONE guy fails to alert police that he is planning to destroy property but just goes ahead and does it police will show up and stop him but if a mob does the same exact thing cops will miss claim no one told them? Wouldn’t seem to make any sense...


43 posted on 10/09/2012 1:57:49 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Some of the posts on this thread have been self-serving, ignorant drivel. Ever since the last “Occupy” manifestation in Oakland, virtually every cop, who participated in quelling those animals has been under investigation for doing his job. The police department is under a federal consent decree, overseen by a leftist federal judge, who with the acquiesence of the leftist politicians has rendered policing (in Oakland) non-existent. The cops, who can, are bailing-out of that city in droves. Sound familiar? Detroit, Stockton, San Jose ad nauseum?


44 posted on 10/09/2012 2:19:55 PM PDT by old school
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To: NormsRevenge

and cops are supposed to “protect” us......fat chance....we’re on our own....


45 posted on 10/09/2012 10:46:38 PM PDT by cherry
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