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Pics of riot police near 12th and Broadway
by Z
Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 7:28 PM
Got out at 12th St BART on way home from work but lines of riot police were blocking all sides of the street and they were not allowing people back into BART for awhile. Some people trying to take the bus near where I was taking pictures were pretty upset at the police for the over-reaction to a small peaceful protest and and complained to me that Oakland claims to have a shortage of police but somehow found thousands of cops to block off streets not even that near the protest (which you can just make out in the distance in some of these photos)
§Wont let people too near protest
by Z Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 7:28 PM
by Z Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 7:28 PM
§zoom in on 13th St
by Z Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 7:28 PM
§Hayward Armored Car
by Z Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 7:28 PM
by Z Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 7:28 PM
by Z Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 7:28 PM
§Ambulances down side street
by Z Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 7:28 PM
§from corp media
by reposted Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 7:31 PM
you can see size of crowd in this pic
§from corp media
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one of many lines of popo blocking side streets
§Police move in on crowd
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§Cops taking position...
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§later pics
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§later pics
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by .
Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 7:34 PM
So new people can't get near to the main microphone?

At least some of the downtown San Francisco offices let people go early so they could attend this.
by weird
Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 7:47 PM
I guess each police force got an area of the city to cover?
by .
Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 7:58 PM
I'm out of area.

I just switched computers and I can't hear any sound for KGO right now. The other TV news feeds aren't are revealing about the protest - they're interviewing the family. It looks like on some street with 100 officers, there are two clusters where they're arresting people, but it's not clear why. maybe they snatched two folks for no reason preemptively, or maybe something happened.
by LoveUGuys
Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 8:48 PM
OMG! You guys, it is just terrible what is happening!!! What is wrong with those f'ing cops??? They are such jerks-why don't they understand that we need to protest??? Oh, I feel for you!!!!
why don't they understand your need to protest? They DO!!! But they just found out they can murder you in cold blood and get away with a slap on the rist, IF their crime gets caught on video.
by systemcritic
Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 9:20 PM
Law enforcement has only become more oppressive in the U.S. over time. Why? Because, collectively, we let that happen. How do you reverse that trend? Well, we must collectively...@#$%^&!
by *
Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 9:31 PM
KGO finally said that tear gas or pepper bullets were used. Earlier it hadn't happened near the Foot locker store. I like that the TV people are at least still over there. The protest doesn't look enormous, but the people involved look pretty nice.
by PrionPartyy
Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 9:58 PM
Did you vote for Pelosi? Then you democraticly forced thissame hell on 3rd world peasants arond the world.

Maybe you should reap what you sow. maybe you should live the hell you democraticly forced onto hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people around the world. Maybe you should see how offensive you are when you vote for democraps and republitrash.

This is the world you have democraticly created. this is the world you have chosen.

Ohhh, but you are special. Right? You are deserving of something better. Right?

The second outrage is that you think, or rather FEEL, that you are more deserving than the people you democraticly destroy.
by --
Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 10:13 PM
Now, live on KRON - at 10:05 it seems to be quiet where the news van is next to the arrest bus, but several blocks away there is something burning, with a fire truck going towards it. There was a popping sound. The reporter is discussing people nearby who are either plainclothes or local residents who are being allowed to stand in front of their building. theya re also expressing amazement that there is this fire larger than a trashcan down the street (I bet it's a dumpster, and that officers are letting off some dconcussion grenades) when there are about 1000 officers in the vicinity.

I don't think the dynamics are quite like Toronto G20. There, a few kids with hammers were easily able to jog down the street breaking windows because police were so scared of being hurt that they only stayed in large platoons (who repressively encircled large groups the next day). In Oakland, individual small groups of officers seem to be more mobile.

Sears is being broken right now
by some santa cruz dude
Thursday Jul 8th, 2010 10:49 PM
saw them on the KRON telecast earlier and wasn't familiar with the terminology, so I googled it.

it's called a "Tango Team":

"The Tango Team

Tango stands for Tactically Aggressive and Necessary Gambit of Options. This team goes forward and "dances" with the crowd. The Tango Team can bring to bear the entire spectrum of use-of-force options from command presence through deadly force - in a controlled, self-contained package.

This unit of special weapons team members can be mobilized to support riot response teams in the event of violent activity by angry crowds. Using extended range weapons (e.g., rubber bullets and beanbag ammunition), the Tango Team can strike selected targets in the crowd from beyond rock and bottle receiving range. This not only deters the crowd but also helps protect officers from injury."