Turns out Oakland's police chief Howard Jordan is as scummy as some people suspected. The same person who ordered his men to tear gas people doing absolutely nothing wrong like our own allie123, and was ultimately responsible for the actions that nearly killed Scott Olsen and severely wounded others, had no compunction in lying about crime statistics so as to make Occupy Oakland look bad.
KTVU obtained more than 1,000 internal emails between Oakland City Hall and police through a public records request...After the October 25th raid on Frank Ogawa Plaza / Oscar Grant Park, and before the November 2nd General Strike, a campaign by all the powers that be in Oakland had started to discredit anyone and anything associated with Occupy Oakland. And so, to no one's particular surprise, in the emails poured over by KTVU reporters was found a note that might as well have caused the spontaneous combustion of the chief's pants.
When Jordan received an update that crime was actually down 19 percent in the last week of October, he wrote an email to one of Mayor Jean Quan's advisers.
"Not sure how you want to share this good news," he wrote. "It may be counter to our statement that the Occupy movement is negatively impacting crime in Oakland."
Imagine that. Reality at odds with spin. WMD. Iraq. Bush. Competency. Economics. McCain. Statistics. Crime. Jordan.
I have no idea why crime was down that last week. Maybe because the Oakland police had been corralled; ordered to lie low after running amok. And Perhaps because all of Oakland was happy to see the police humbled, if just for a few days. Maybe it was just a statistical blip. Maybe all three. Who knows?
Want to bet that statements by the City Administration and the Chamber of Commerce around that same time to the effect that Occupy Oakland was causing business losses in downtown Oakland were the same flavor of bovine droppings? Hold your money -- no one would take the other side of that bet.
The fact of the matter is that a couple hundred Occupiers, press from around the globe, curiousity seekers and Occupy non-campers were regularly hanging out around the Plaza in downtown Oakland. You can bet your bottom dollar that restaurants, coffee shops and snackeries in the immediate area, even including the disgusting Burger King across Broadway, had their business increase, not decrease.
This dissembling started even earlier. As reported on Brad Blog
The Oakland Police Department is walking back widely reported comments offered by its Interim Chief, Howard Jordan, at an Oct. 25 televised press conference (video posted below) that law enforcement "had to deploy gas in order to stop the crowd and people from pelting us with bottles and rocks...The worst of it is that the lying is just the tip of an iceberg of misconduct and abuse that goes back decades. And people wonder why there are ongoing
...we have been unable to unearth evidence to support Jordan's assertion that the police initiated the assault in order to defend against either projectiles or any other threat of imminent violence from demonstrators. In fact, the video evidence included in our report reveals that law enforcement officials had determined to use tear gas on the crowd long before any threat was posed by demonstrators.
Fuck The Police
marches in Oakland.