Test Case

gonna be a Long, Hot Summer?

An exasperated Mayor Jean Quan, who faced heavy criticism for the police action last fall, called on the Occupy movement to “stop using Oakland as its playground.”

*snerk*

The group assembled outside City Hall late Saturday morning and marched through the streets, disrupting traffic as they threatened to take over the vacant Henry Kaiser Convention Center… where some started tearing down perimeter fencing and “destroying construction equipment”…

Aside: The Henry Kaiser Convention Center, built in 1914, has been closed since 2005 and is a pawn in the Oakland Redevelopment Agency games. “…appraised last year at $29 million, but it has $5 million to $9 million worth of upgrades needed, including seismic work,” they’re not gonna let that cash cow go.

Police said they issued a dispersal order and used smoke and tear gas after some protesters pelted them with bottles, rocks, burning flares and other objects.

…afternoon estimates ranging from about 1,000 to 2,000 people.

rly?

Occupy protesters said earlier this week that they planned to move into a vacant building and turn it into a social center and political hub. They also threatened to try to shut down the port, occupy the airport and take over City Hall.

“Mostly Peaceful”

A pal told me he heard them last week call in to the Ronn [yes, two (2) n's] Owens [last man standing at KGO] show on the corpse of KGO radio. They proudly announced their plans to take over the vacant convention center for multiple purposes [a camp] and threatened that if they were not allowed to do so they would not only shut down the port, but the airport and City Hall.

No comment was offered by the AFL CIO, Longshoremen, nor TSA.

Occupy Oakland protesters broke into City Hall, stole an American flag from the City Council chamber and set it on fire Saturday night, …left three officers with minor injuries, as protesters threw bottles, metal pipes, rocks, spray cans and “improvised explosive devices,”

…injured officer received a cut to his face that required stitches after a protester hit him with a bicycle. [low-carbon-footprint crime]

…By 4 p.m., most of the Occupy crowd, which had grown to about 500, returned to Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. After regrouping, the marchers headed out again and congregated at the Oakland YMCA.

About 6:30 p.m., police ordered protesters to disperse and those who remained were arrested, with some hiding in the YMCA building. As police processed the 100 or so arrested protesters, the rest of the demonstrators headed to City Hall, where they broke into the lobby.

[Mayor Quan:] “This is not a situation where we had a 1,000 peaceful people and a few violent people. If you look at what’s happening today in terms of destructing property, throwing at and charging the police, it’s almost like they are begging for attention and hoping that the police will make an error.

Ya think?

Late Saturday, paramedics wheeled a pregnant protester away from Frank H. Ogawa Plaza after witnesses said she was hit in the kidney by a police baton. She yelled: “Police did this to me!”

You, again?

Reconquistas representin’…

Is this a tactical mistake — or no. I mean even a riot-rookie like me realizes it may not be best to put a handle on the front of your shield… Unless ya want someone to grab it from ya?

This one… While he doesn’t seem to need a V mask, his headgear …

27 Comments!

  1. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 9:23 am |

  2. geezerette
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 10:48 am |

    The results of not nipping it in the bud—

  3. TimO
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 11:08 am |

    The thing to do with the handles on the shields – something someone would naturally want to grab onto- is hook them up to a well-charged taser….

  4. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 11:35 am |

    Johnny, what can you make of this?

    Johnny: This? Well, I can make a hat; I can make a broach; I can make a teradactyl…

  5. mech
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 11:45 am |

    Include UV dye markers in the pepper ball guns.

    After the festivities are over, they can be quietly picked up outside the clubs or co-op or shopping at Wal Mart.

    The dye will confirm the identities of the terrorists in the videos and pictures.

    They ‘ll prolly look funny in the tanning bed, too.

  6. puggs
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm |

    Gawd,

    I miss firehoses and attack dogs, and riot batons ROCK. Back in my day, tasers were a star trek thang. I think a head injury combined with stitches would make a stronger impression.

    But then, I’m biased, hours of marching in full riot gear in the Texas sun will do that. No way, these morons would fend off a stomp march forward with riot batons, one to the front, two more from each side straight in point thrusts.

    They drop and cry for mommy.

    Broken ribs are the only statement they deserve in response. That, and bill them for the city’s time.

  7. Posted January 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm |

    These are no longer “protesters”‘ they are lawless anarchists on a joyride in Daddy’s hot car.

    Would someone please treat them as such and bring out the hickory switch?

  8. Melissa In Texas
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm |

    The police need to stop this crap, one way or another.

  9. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm |

    MELISSYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Melissa In Texas
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm |

    Hiya Sondrie!
    I been busier’n a one armed paperhanger supporting the societal deadbeats….

  11. Joe Band Member
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm |

    I hope I never have to witness a flag being burned.

    The results would not be good.

  12. Posted January 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm |

    I been busier’n a one armed paperhanger supporting the societal deadbeats….

    Hell I mean heck, that’s nothing! I’ve been busier’n a pair of jumper cables at a Puerto Rican picnic!

    And I still haven’t got anything done!

  13. joe
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm |

    One occupier should ‘marry’ the park and another should ‘marry’ the building they want. That would make it impossible for the city to split the family apart and the ‘bride/groom,,,whatever’ could just invite all his/her/its friends in for an extended visit.

    And why are the cops using oven doors for shields?

  14. Caged Insanity
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm |

    If they’d start using real bullets, this shit would stop in a very short amount of time.

  15. Melissa In Texas
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm |

    ^I keep hoping…..

  16. Mac Wade
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm |

    That stupid Mayor Quan supported them at first.
    I could care less if they burned Oakland to the ground. Do California a favor, the place is a shithole.

  17. Alan outback bacon czar
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm |

    If they just shot a couple, this crap would stop.

  18. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm |

    Ah, jeeze!
    Not 1968 again.

  19. Posted January 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm |

    Doug, ^^ Forgive me, but…. Well, Please 1968 again!

  20. Posted January 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm |

    Four dead in Ohio seemed to work, for awhile (shut-up… that’s how I spell it, and you ain’t gonna change my mind!).

  21. geezerette
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm |

    ^^ I think that would be nipping it in the bud^^

  22. geezerette
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm |

    We’ll get er done Melissa ’cause we miss you.

  23. Posted January 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm |

    Hog, you know I love you. It was horrible at the time….. Back in ’70, but…. Well me be it’s time again.

  24. Posted January 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm |

    The cops are disguising themselves as European refrigerators?

    What’s that about?
    .

  25. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm |

    Puggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *waves*

  26. Maria Edi
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 3:10 am |

    I keep asking why these jackasses (see, Doug, I’m getting better!) cover their faces like old-time bandits. Well, maybe because they really ARE bandits!! MORONS! SCUMBAGS!! JACKASSES!!!

  27. Posted January 30, 2012 at 4:06 am |

    I am imagining a ‘People’s Microphone’ call and response to go with the flag burning photo…

    We are burning this flag
    We are burning this flag
    To protest the inequality
    To protest the inequality
    Of the capitalist… oh, shit the lighter fluid caught my pants on fire!
    Of the capitalist… oh, shit the lighter fluid caught my pants on fire!
    Arrrrgh! Arrgh! I’m on fire! I’m on fire!
    Arrrrgh! Arrgh! I’m on fire! I’m on fire!
    Help me, you frakking idiots, help me!
    Help me, you frakking idiots, help me! …
    Yeeeeearrrrrrrrrrrrrgh! I’m burning!
    Yeeeeearrrrrrrrrrrrrgh! I’m burning!