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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Oakland Police Claim They Were the Real Victims of Occupy Raids

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM

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It's been six months since Oakland police raided the Occupy camp in downtown, breaking down tents, arresting protesters, and tear gassing others -- and finally, we are getting the OPD's side this PR nightmare.

In essence, the riot-gear-clad, gun-toting cops claim they were the real victims of the Occupy raids.

While four separate investigations are still ongoing, including one by an independent firm looking into use of force the evening of Oct. 25, 2011 -- OPD went ahead and did its own review of its "aggressive behavior" toward Occupiers, the East Bay Express reports.

Per the report: internal OPD review of its actions on October 25 indicates that the department is trying to minimize any liability by playing up the perceived safety hazard of the Ogawa Plaza camp and "aggressive" behavior of Occupy Oakland supporters as justification for the initial raid and the use of crowd-control munitions that evening.

What's even more interesting is that the head of the Internal Affairs unit leading this investigation was also the captain in charge of field operations the afternoon of the raid. That's like George Bush being appointed to investigate his own reasoning for invading Iraq.

Knowing this conflict of interest, it should come as no surprise that the IA report makes no mention of the Scott Olsen incident, the veteran marine who was critically injured after he was hit in the head with a police projectile.

Instead, the report talks about the combative protesters on the night of October 25,

and how a group of officers had been surrounded by angry demonstrators

before being "rescued" by

fellow cops. "These officers exhibited a great deal of restraint while

surrounded by an angry, assaultive crowd," the report states.

Now might be a good time to watch this again:

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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