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After Protest, One "No" Vote on Urban Shield from Public Safety Cmte; Full Council Votes Oct 1
Dave Id
On September 24, in what would have ordinarily been a "rubber stamp" vote of Oakland City Council's Public Safety Committee to approve an Oakland Fire Department request for reimbursement related to their participation in Urban Shield 2013, a new coalition of concerned citizens and organizations rose up to protest the annual law enforcement war games hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff's department (full audio below). Urban Shield is the largest urban "SWAT" exercise in the US.

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