As captured in this video by citizen journalist Scott Campbell, Garcia shot Campbell on the night of the Nov. 2 General Strike in Oakland, without provocation:
The Oakland police captain who authorized officers to fire bean bag projectiles at Occupy protesters Nov. 3 could be fired or demoted pending an investigation, he said Wednesday.
Capt. Ersie M. Joyner III, 42, was placed in a bureaucratic job in the police department’s Office of the Inspector General about two weeks ago. The officer who fired the “less lethal” projectile, Victor Garcia, was removed from the police SWAT team and is also being investigated.
SF Chronicle covered the same story yesterday without identifying Garcia, whose name had apparently not yet been released.
In-depth coverage in East Bay Express:
OPD Used Violent Cops Against Occupy: Records reveal that the department put officers with histories of using deadly force on the frontlines during Occupy Oakland protests. By Ali Winston, 12/21/11. [end of update]
Age of Aquarius: Occupirates Arrested Tonight!
Meanwhile, OPD continued the nationwide police quest to keep the public out of public space with a truly laughable raid on what some refer to as “Aquapy,” the occupied raft anchored on scenic Lake Merritt since Sunday.
OakFoSho just finished streaming the raid, where intrepid sailors were cited and released while supporters sang the Fifth Dimension song “Age of Aquarius,” in what was a hilarious, one-of-a-kind, only-in-Oakland event.
According to one maritime occupier, his citation read simply read “Boat” written in big letters across it.
Oakland North: Police shut down floating Aquapy encampment on Lake Merritt
Oakland police late Thursday night confiscated the SS Don’t Let the Banks Punk You Out, a raft launched onto Lake Merritt less than a week ago in order to advertise for the West Coast port shutdown and Occupy the lake — or Aquapy it, rather.
During the late evening raid, three occupiers sailing on the 10-foot-long vessel were detained briefly and then released. At least one occupier, who gave his name as Jeff Boffo, of Oakland, was ticketed for not having a boat permit. ”[OPD] equated it to getting a speeding ticket,” he said after his release from custody. . . .