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Monday, November 24, 2014

Ferguson Verdict: Oakland Asks Protesters to Keep Peace on the Street

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM

With a verdict in the Ferguson case reached, but not yet announced, Oakland is prepping for the worst, and hoping for the best on the streets tonight. 

Last week, a Missouri Grand Jury began deliberations about whether or not to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, a white cop, in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen. It's been widely reported today that the jury has reached a verdict and will announce it soon. 

And that could spark some emotions in communities across the nation, including Oakland, which has experienced its own share of officer shootings involving unarmed black men. 

With that in mind, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan circulated another reminder to protesters to keep things calm in downtown Oakland where demonstrators are already gathering. Moreover, she's generated a list of safety tips and phone numbers for businesses and residents, should things spiral out of control.

Per Quan:

We anticipate that regardless of the verdict reached by the Missouri grand jury regarding the Ferguson shooting, demonstrations could occur in Oakland. The City of Oakland is committed to facilitating peaceful expressions and demonstrations. Although we don’t anticipate problems to occur, keeping peace on our streets and protecting the safety of Oakland residents, businesses, visitors and employees is our top priority and we will be prepared.

Simple Business Tips for Everyday Safety:

• Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for information.
• If possible, park your car in a secure, off-street location.
• Remove or secure trash receptacles.
• Be sure your business is well lit. Good lighting increases visibility—and also
increases the effectiveness of any closed circuit TV system.
• If you have a closed circuit TV system, be sure it is in good working order and
is turned on. Save recordings of documented criminal activity.
• Make sure your building has good quality locks on the doors and windows.Deadbolt locks are a must for exterior doors.
• All exterior doors with a gap should be covered with a steel plate to prevent the
door from being pried open.
• Leave the cash drawer empty and open after business hours.

Public Safety Notifications:
Receive notifications from OPD through text/SMS, mobile applications, email
and Internet posts. Sign up at
• Twitter (For general City of Oakland news, follow @Oakland; 
For public safety news, follow OPD @oaklandpoliceca)

Business Support
Contact the City of Oakland’s Business Assistance Center at (510) 238-7952 or
• Telephone: call (510) 444-CITY.

Transit Updates
Visit or call 511 for up-to-date traffic and transit information.
For BART information, call (510) 465-2278 or visit Sign up for
mobile service alerts at

Emergency Assistance
• From a landline: call 911
• From a cell phone: call (510) 777-3211 (pre-program this number now so it is
handy in an emergency)

Anonymously Report Illegal Activity
• Call OPD’s anonymous toll-free tip hotline: (855) TIPS-247 (855-847-7247)
• Text TIP OAKLANDPD to 888777 from your text-enabled cell phone
• Go to to anonymously submit
photos of illegal activity using the online submission form

You can read Mayor Quan's full letter to the community: 

Good luck! 

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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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