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Oakland to Privatize Suppression of the Oscar Grant Rebellion and Declare "Emergencies"

by Dellums detractor
Blackwater anyone?!? They've been itching for a solid domestic job like this for years. Why not just give the rent-a-cops guns and let them shoot civilians like they do in Iraq? At any rate, the Chamber of Commerce is very pleased. And you thought you had seen it all when you saw police tanks, tear gas, snatch squads, the tasing of compliant detained persons, and otherwise brutalizing and arresting people of the wrong color on false charges. Well, you ain't seen nothing yet. Bring on expanded police power to declare emergencies and make arrests. Bring on the private "security" forces. Welcome to the police state of New Oakland. Now we know what Dellums meant when he said he wanted to make Oakland a "model" city -- pioneering new fascist alliances between corporations and state power on a local level.
The following consists of excerpts from a Chronicle report today:

Anticipating more violent protests in the coming weeks, Oakland officials said they'll hire unarmed private security guards to patrol downtown and help provide additional "eyes and ears" to police, Mayor Ron Dellums said Thursday. "Our intel tells us this is not over," Dellums said. "It's a terrific gesture and greatly appreciated," said Joe Haraburda, head of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The city will pay for the security firm. The cost of the private security and the firm hired to provide the services have not yet been determined, Dellums said. The contract with the security firm will be for 60 to 90 days and is supposed to supplement police presence. In addition, more police will walk downtown beats, and work closely with the private security guards. The city will also establish a one-stop shop providing "immediate, real-time" communication among police, private security and merchants, Dellums said. The city is also considering ordinances that would give police more authority to declare emergencies and make arrests on private properties such as City Center, Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker said. They also urged residents and workers to continue shopping and dining downtown.

Yay! Let's go shopping! Don't let little things like police murders of citizens -- eight last year in Oakland alone, one thus far this year -- get in the way of commerce. Give the cops more power to abuse people and by God they will.

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by tip o' the iceberg
Oakland to fire 11 cops in search warrant case

Friday, January 16, 2009

(01-15) 19:33 PST OAKLAND -- Oakland intends to fire 11 police officers for allegedly lying to obtain search warrants in drug cases, officials said Thursday.

The two sergeants and nine officers face dismissal in a scandal that has thrown into jeopardy the prosecutions of dozens of suspects. At least 12 have already had their cases dismissed because warrants that police used to obtain evidence were obtained on the basis of lies by officers, according to attorneys involved in the cases.

The officers told judges that substances seized from drug suspects had been identified by the Oakland police crime lab as narcotics when, in fact, they had not, authorities said. Those false statements were used to persuade judges to issue warrants that police relied on to gather more evidence.

Some officers also lied to internal affairs investigators looking into the allegations, City Attorney John Russo said.
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This walkout today sort of worries me, logistically. Could totally respectful students expressing political opinions under the first amendment face heightened risks of legal trouble. There will be less protective buffer of the older members of the community, although hopefully the speakout organizers have taken some care for setting this up. Maybe I could contact a friend in Oakland public schools about the likelihood of teachers escorting students. This is possible, but I picture some students leaving schools and being subject to truancy stops. Already in equivalent walkouts for immigration issues, students have faced challenges before any vandalism occurred. Now that the 2nd Oakland demo had such intense media scrutiny (as in, helicopters hovering for hours with live link on CNN, waiting through the entire main demonstration for a few people to act out at the end), they're going to be under pressure to preemptively keep kids in class, perhaps? If there are few older adults and workers in the mix, it is much easier.
I wonder how this all would have developed if the BART police did this incident in Fremont or Emeryville station.

Audio from Watsonville walkout
by osqar
I'll be there, and I am not a high schooler. Let's bring as many folks with experience regarding police repression as we can. These kids need to stay safe today., not that I believe most folks would.
by Youth
Youth can take care of themselves. They've organized this event by themselves, let them handle it. Sure, being there to help IF THEY NEED IT, is great. But don't get in their way. That's not your job.
"One of four Oakland police officers fired for allegedly falsifying search warrants has won his job back through arbitration, his attorney said today.

"Officer William Burke, an eight-year veteran, was fired by the city last year after officials said that he had lied on affidavits for search warrants in drug cases and lied to internal affairs investigators."
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