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Police email shows strategy, politics in run-up to Oscar Grant protests
Also noted is the practice of confiscating video and photo equipment found on arrestees. Capt. Downing referred to this as standard practice for arrests because footage or pictures taken by suspects can be “fantastic evidence” if they happen to document someone committing a crime.
Downing did not comment on his remarks concerning Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley except for qualifying his words as “personal opinions, and certainly not those of the police department as a whole.” (Text after the jump.)
From: O'Connor, Charles
Sent: Sat 5/8/2010 8:20 PM
To: Downing, David
Subject: Meserhle protest thoughts
Rules of Engagement:
We should come up with a set of ROE for unexpected events. Last year when city
council and/or the Mayor decided to lead the protests, it stumped the field
supervisors and quite frankly the ICS were second guessing themselves.
Also we need to reinforce the rules of engagement for field personnel when
dealing with the protester s organized support members, ie their photo and video
documentors (can we confiscate their video, cell phones or still cameras for crime
documentation) legal councilors&
I will be at the PAB on Tuesday at 3 pm working on other stuff waiting for a
community meeting to start should you need me to work on anything.