Oakland to Privatize Suppression of the Oscar Grant Rebellion and Declare "Emergencies"
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.
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.
I wonder how this all would have developed if the BART police did this incident in Fremont or Emeryville station.
Audio from Watsonville walkout http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/03/31/18124951.php
"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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