Dear Mayor Quan,
I would like to thank both you and the many police officers you summoned from the greater Oakland metro area for their excellent work this difficult weekend.
In particular, the calming, measured presence on display by riot police while using urban warfare techniques with guns drawn to stalk me and dozens of other terrified kids at the local YMCA, while innocent civilian gym members looked on, was both commendable and impressive. Quite a testament to the bravery of the OPD, that these fully armed & armored peace officers managed to overcome the difficult on-the-ground battlefield conditions created by the necessary deployment of these door-to-door paramilitary counter-insurgency units, with the terror and the screaming and the fleeing and whatnot, and still root out 24 cowering occupiers on whom to immediately slap felony charges in addition to four days of torture at the Santa Rita jail.
They certainly deserved it.
As we all know, innocent kids who have done nothing wrong have no reason to run from police bearing down on them with loaded rifles and shotguns inside a YMCA hallway from ten feet. Running away, screaming in terror (common anarchist diversionary tactic) and hiding amongst innocent civilians simply trying to work out at the YMCA are things guilty people do. Maybe after the Occupy President(s)? you have on speed dial finally disavow the occupy creeps and escaped felons you see fleeing the gym in the video I’ve provided, we can start up the FEMA camps!
Until then, trumped-up felony charges, forcing them to pee and shit themselves, denial of food, water, much needed medical care and some much deserved ridicule from the good men & women of law enforcement will just have to do. Good work.
These people ARE dangerous mayor Quan. I would know, I spent much of the week in their company. I witnessed them on multiple occasions, prepare to turn an unused building six years vacant into an productive, cost-free asset to the entire community in which it sits. Furthermore, I saw many crimes during my brief stay in your city, including but not limited to; conspiracy to feed the community, aiding and abetting empowerment, attempting to chalk, 1st degree planning to occupy a vacant building, attempted occupation, etc. If this isn’t felonious behavior, I don’t know what is. Only your quick thinking and in-depth awareness of the situation’s complexity & nuance saved the day.
Good timing on lucid moments between meds, mayor!
Who knows how bad things would have gotten at the YMCA that night had you not totally diffused & de-escalated the situation right away by unleashing your savvy squad of mocking, jovial peace officers to indiscriminately shoot bullets, grenades, gas and spray into crowds of children and unarmed protesters all afternoon.
It was just the right amount of escalation, and precisely what the situation warranted. Mood changer!
I was not able to discern on my way out of the YMCA in the last group of kids just before the door slammed, imprisoning 24 other occupiers, if the four brave peace officers coming down the hall with loaded shotguns and closing fast clearly seen at the end of the enclosed video were the same cops shooting at the children unprovoked and laughing about it that afternoon, or perhaps the officers I observed before that hiding in the bushes, but still. Lotta’ bravery there. I hope you have awards.
Although many YMCA members working out at the time you secured the building in this highly successful anti-insurgency operation were perhaps inconvenienced by their workout ending prematurely to be rounded up for several hours and forced to produce a membership card or else be made to pee on themselves in jail and face felony charges, undoubtably they will one day come to view their mandatory assistance in helping law enforcement secure the perimeter from the dangerous felons that night, with the kind of honor and pride one can only get while helping making one’s community safer at gunpoint, while armed riot cops scrutinize your paperwork. “Zeigen sie uns Ihre unterlagen oder in den zug!”
Let me also take a moment to commend your OPD human resources dept. mayor Quan. A wise choice, hiring for community police work these eager, non local ex-military personnel conditioned to kill bad guys with little remorse. I think it’s a perfect fit for improving fractured community/police relations. Fresh off winning hearts and minds abroad, why not redeploy these transplanted paramilitary warrior PTSD time bombs in the local YMCA to help hunt felons running amuck and screaming in fear? Determining “bogeys” in insurgency warfare situations such as you’ve created in Oakland, where multiple targets are expertly disguised as civilians and actually mingle with those same civilians, is not for the weak or uninitiated. In fact, some occupiers even HAVE YMCA cards! Only true experts on such matters such as you have staffed your police army with, like the ones who helped us win both wars in the Middle East, could be expected to pull off this kind of operation – with no casualties even! Let’s not forget that, as these YMCA felons in the weeks ahead grumble about being let in voluntarily and cling to the scant few archaic habeas corpus shards lingering in the judicial system.
Things are looking up, mayor Quan.
I think you should IMMEDIATELY use the video I’ve gratuitously provided to FIGHT your impending police dept. federal receivership due to ineptitude, by highlighting your recent success at the YMCA Saturday night. After all, 24 arrests inside the YMCA alone! I think even your most staunch detractor would agree; That’s a lot of felons.
Using paramilitary riot cops with weapons drawn in any open business to systematically hunt down unarmed children mingling with civilian customers at a moment’s notice is a great new addition to the already expansive OPD toolbox. What could go wrong? Plus, it builds public relations in the community while also providing quite a hoot for your zealous cop army!
Two birds, one stone.
In conclusion, mayor Quan, the best thing about video evidence is that it really is indisputable. I am very much looking foreword to more documentation by innumerable other occupiers of you escalating these highly successful YMCA urban warfare tactics in the weeks ahead. Turning all of downtown Oakland into a real life warzone is the right play mayor. After all, the citizens of Oakland elected YOU to prevent occupiers from fighting for better pay and lives on behalf of the very cops hunting them at the YMCA and torturing them in jail, chalking up sidewalks, commandeering empty buildings and committing who knows what other felonies to boot.
Enough we say!
Once all the hubub dies down after this first salvo, I’m thinking trophy.
Put it on the mantle there alongside all the great victories for bay area justice; Oscar Grant, George Jackson, Judi Bari, Daryl Cherney, Occupy Alcatraz, Huey Newton… Gosh, the list is seemingly endless.
On second thought, put it in city hall at OGP just to the side of the door you left ajar while green lighting “Operation YMCA”. I hear some space just recently opened up.
Also, it occurred to me that since occupiers obviously slipped into city hall while you were flushing them out of the YMCA, I look foreword to both paramilitary units scouring the hallways of OGP with weapons drawn any day now (during operating hours if need be, obviously.) and a complete interrogation of everyone inside the building.
“No papers? NO PAPERS?”
“Zeigen sie uns Ihre unterlagen oder in den zug!”
All the best with that receivership situation,