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Oakland Considers Getting Tougher On Occupiers

February 07, 2012  | 

Oakland's City Council tonight will consider beefing up enforcement of protest-related laws as a response to escalating Occupy demonstrations. The council is expected to vote on a resolution that would direct the city administrator, mayor and police to crack down on protesters blocking streets and holding rallies without a permit, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

"We have not been aggressively enforcing these rules, which is the reason we're in the place we're in now," Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente told the Chronicle. "The fact is we cannot allow these protests to continue to drain our resources. We should have been doing this a long time ago."

So far, the Oakland Police Department has been selective about enforcing certain protest-related laws, often refraining from arrests or citations unless a protest turns violent. The rationale is to protect First Amendment rights as well as to refrain from antagonizing protesters, many of whom say they're eager for confrontations with police.

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Dan Birdsley @ 2/8/2012 6:35 AM

"Eager for confrontations with police?" This doesn't sound as much like civil disobedience as it does being an old-fashioned troublemaker. They should be eager to work on positive results instead of disrupting other citizens from working at their jobs and costing cities hundreds of thousands of dollars they can ill-afford.

Fed Cop @ 2/8/2012 6:47 AM

This falls straight in to the lap of the Oakland Mayor. She has encouraged this through allowing these knucklehead to take over the city and Port of Oakland. What they're doing has nothing to do with economic equallity (take from the workers, and give to those who don't work (so they don't have to work)). The latest confrontation with the knuckleheads, they were prepared with weapons, small IEDs, and their own riot gear with the motive of direct confrontation and injury to OPD officers.

Rick @ 2/8/2012 8:29 AM

These are just communist rabble demanding access to what doesn't belong to them. George Soros has been linked to the Occupy command centers. Soros recently said in an interview that the Occupy movement was going to grow violent this year. Since he's been backing them, I'd take that as a warning and not be lulled into complacency thinking that they are just protestors.

David @ 2/18/2012 9:28 PM

@Dan Birdsley I find it interesting that "Eager for confrontations with the police" doesn't sound like like civil disobedience to you but rather being an old-fashioned troublemaker. When are troublemakers ever interested in engaging the authorities? The point of civil disobedience is to draw attention to issues. The mainstream media has an interest in maintaining the status quo & won't report certain stories until avoiding them becomes obvious. Here's an example: Were you aware that prior to the invasion of Iraq, an anti-war march in Washington drew 100K people. I wasn't either. Wouldn't you think that many people in the street would be worth a mention? With few exceptions, & contrary to widely held belief, US media isn't liberal or conservation. It is owned by big corporations who advance their own interests by what gets covered & how they slant the stories that do get play.

David @ 2/19/2012 12:16 AM

Communist rabble? George Soros? Knuckleheads? Occupy Command centers? Eventually, maybe too late, you guys will realize that the corporate state has law enforcement pensions in their sights along with other gov employees. Lower pay? Longer hours? Wake up guys, you are being used.

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