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  •  Wow the cops have (7+ / 0-)

    really got the knives out now for Quan. This is a direct attempt to undermine whatever authority she has left. It's now a power struggle between the mayor and the cops.

    •  The cops never liked Quan in the first place (4+ / 0-)
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      Quan told them to clear the plaza, not lob tear gas canisters at protesters' heads.  The cops' own actions forced Quan into opening the park back up because she and the police had lost all moral authority the moment that tear gas canister nearly killed an Iraq war vet.  It's their own damn fault they mucked it all up.

      •  They backed Perata during the mayoral race (3+ / 0-)
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        In fact, they were furious at Quan for marching along side the anti-Mehserle (AKA Oscar Grant's killer) protesters.

        •  Were they really? (0+ / 0-)

          Oscar Grant was killed by a BART cop, not OPD. Why would OPD really care one way or another about the anti-BART-cop protests?

          The goal is not to bring your adversaries to their knees but to their senses. -- Mahatma Gandhi

          by tmo on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 09:05:17 PM PDT

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          •  Yes they were (1+ / 0-)
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            Even though it was a BART cop that killed Oscar Grant, it happened at a BART station in Oakland. So the protest against the verdict happened on the same streets of Oakland where the most recent violence occurred. Because violent infiltrators of that protest wound up smashing windows of downtown businesses (including several black-owned businesses) the OPD had to quell the crowd. Quan got in the middle as a peacemaker (along with another mayoral candidate, Rebecca Kaplan) and sided with the protestors against the cops.

            They actually investigated her and have never forgiven her. Here's some background: Link1

            And some more: Link2

    •  they don't seem to understand (2+ / 0-)
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      that we don't give a sh*t about their little power struggle with Quan.

      I guess they're hoping that the people of Oakland do.

      Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 02:47:51 PM PDT

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      •  Actually the people of Oakland do (5+ / 0-)
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        which is the whole reason the cops put out this letter. There has been a big debate on Oakland about how to fund the police and at what level (including a parcel tax initiative currently up for vote) and Quan has been right in the middle of it for months.

        There's more behind what happened than most people think, as Kamakhya alludes to above. The cops smell blood in the water and want to weaken Quan as much as possible, despite the fact that it was their screw-up.

        •  yeah, I picked up on that (1+ / 0-)
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          is it likely that the people of Oakland are going to side with the cops after they hurt a vet

          Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 04:16:55 PM PDT

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          •  Heard there were up to 17 police agencies involved (0+ / 0-)

            I've read that there were as many as 17 police agencies involved that night, and I thought I'd read that OPD had categorically denied it was them. Now maybe the inquiry will show differently, but with 17 agencies involved it seems like it could have been any of them. This Oaklander would like to see more cops in the streets and give them more of whatever they need to make themselves more effective.

            The goal is not to bring your adversaries to their knees but to their senses. -- Mahatma Gandhi

            by tmo on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 09:12:39 PM PDT

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          •  No, but people do want more police here (0+ / 0-)

            because of the crime, as the resident below details.

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