#J28 Truths coming out on OPD Misconduct and Quan’s broadbrush

31 01 2012

Updated 5X (2/3/12)

CNN: Occupy Oakland demonstrations, arrests inject new life into movement

Bay Citizen:  Many Arrested, But Few to Face Charges

Out of 409 arrests made, only twelve people (3%) face actual charges.

Nearly 400 innocent people jailed, including journalists, and as reported below many held for three days and mistreated by police and jailers, for the crime of peaceful protest.

Huffington Post: Occupy Oakland Activists Report Inhumane Conditions In Santa Rita, Glenn Dyer Jails

Oakland Tribune: Occupy Oakland supporters claim authorities used excessive force and violated their rights

Salon.com:  Occupy Oakland protesters denied medication in jail

SF Bay Guardian: Occupy Oakland inmates at Santa Rita attacked- developing story

Daily Kos: Oakland Arrestees Tortured

Oakland North: Journalists arrested at Saturday Occupy Oakland Protest

KQED News:  Newspaper Guild wants meeting with Quan

The KQED report includes tweets from journalists, including this one which reports widespread police violation of CA Penal Code 830.10

Yael Chanoff, SF Bay Guardian

-No cops have badge numbers showing and they are refusing to tell protesters

(Apparently with impunity, despite the example made of the only two OPD officers who happened to be caught on video by a citizen journalist.  Why isn’t there wider enforcement?)

Newspaper Guild president Bernie Lunzer sent a letter to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Police Chief Howard Jordan, requesting a meeting and clearly calling them out on OPD’s violation of its own guidelines:

Although several journalists were released quickly on the scene, others were held for long periods of time, making it impossible for them to do their jobs. Numerous reports from the scene document officers ignoring reporters presenting their press credentials and admonishing them for not following orders to disperse.

This despite the OPD’s own guidelines, which state, “Even after a dispersal order has been given, clearly identified media shall be permitted to carry out their professional duties in any area where arrests are being made unless their presence would unduly interfere with the enforcement action.”

You may have heard (as reported in the SF Chronicle) that Mayor Quan plans to call OWS “leadership” to ask them to denounce #OO, showing the laughable scale of her cluelessness on multiple levels.  Here is a response from a member of the leaderless movement known as OWS.

Daily Kos:  Dear Oakland Mayor Quan, you do not need to call me, here is MY response to YOUR demands

Lastly, let’s not forget to keep in perspective the city’s priorities in light of the #J28 OPD brutality that triggered over two dozen solidarity actions around the globe:

Note:  this doesn’t include all of the lawsuits that are pending since #OO began.

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31 01 2012
asiansart

Occupy Oakland demonstrations, arrests inject new life into movement
By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN
January 30, 2012
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/30/us/california-occupy/

1 02 2012
asiansart

Occupy Oakland inmates at Santa Rita attacked
By Yael Chanoff, SF Bay Guardian
http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2012/01/31/occupy-oakland-inmates-santa-rita-attacked-developing-story

My observations:

I spent 20 hours in jail, and I saw some cruel treatment. I saw people suffering after being denied medication. I saw people with allergies to the food that was provided refused any substitute and unable to eat, sometimes for more than 24 hours. I saw people crammed into holding cells meant for groups a third their size, so that some people had to remain standing, sometimes for more than 24 hours. As many arrestees were wearing clothing coated in tear gas and pepper spray, those chemicals continued to waft through cells and affect all present.

Reports:

I have reports directly from sources of arrested occupiers being beat up in jail with police batons. At least 20 people were ziptied, meaning their hands were cuffed behind their backs– and more often than not, if they happen to be cuffed too tightly and their hands go numb and even blue, police won’t loosen them– for more than eight hours. I know that some people who were denied access to a restroom ended up sitting in their own vomit and urine for at least four hours in some cases.

[ed. note: Santa Rita jail is under the administration of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, not the city of Oakland].

1 02 2012
asiansart

Bay Citizen: Many Arrested, But Few to Face Charges
http://www.baycitizen.org/occupy-oakland-8/story/occupy-oakland-12-stay-away-city-hall/

Out of 409 arrests made, only twelve people (3%) face actual charges.

Nearly 400 innocent people jailed, including journalists, and as reported elsewhere mistreated by police and jailers, for the crime of peaceful protest.

3 02 2012
asiansart

Salon.com 2/2/12
Occupy Oakland protesters denied medication in jail
http://www.salon.com/2012/02/02/occupy_oakland_protesters_denied_medication_in_jail/

“The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department in California has earned itself a reputation for heavy-handed responses to Occupy Oakland. Since Tuesday, allegations of abusive treatment by officers have escalated as arrestees detained during Saturday’s mass Occupy actions in Oakland were released after up to three-day stints in holding cells at the department’s Santa Rita Jail.

“Salon has received three firsthand accounts, corroborated by reports from Occupy Oakland’s media team and the National Lawyers Guild, that ill and injured inmates were denied medication including anti-retroviral treatments for HIV-positive detainees.”

[Note: Only 12 of 409 arrested were charged, which means that the abuse described here was very likely meted out at innocent people who were jailed for three-days, for the crime of peaceful protest.]

3 02 2012
asiansart

More reports of abuse by law enforcement:
HuffPost: Occupy Oakland Activists Report Inhumane Conditions In Santa Rita, Glenn Dyer Jails, 2/3/12
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/03/occupy-oakland-activists-_n_1253651.html

Oakland Tribune: Occupy Oakland supporters claim authorities used excessive force and violated their rights, 2/2/12
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19872394

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