Journalists constantly struggle to go beyond the official spin and report on a deeper level about government actions.

It's a daily fight, one in which we need to be ever diligent against getting snowed by officials and falling into the role of stenographers rather than independent reporters. All of us, me included, can find ourselves regretful when we learn that the bureaucratic rhetoric we reported turns out to be far from reality.

That's why the best reporting tracks government action by document rather than lip service. It's why obtaining government communications is a vital and why I have dedicated my 2012 columns to the obtaining public officials' e-mails and texts.

Today, rather than write this column, I am going to let the bureaucrats write it. What follows are city of Oakland e-mails obtained under the Public Records Act in which top officials discuss Occupy Oakland and the tent city that sprang up last year outside City Hall. City officials' attempts to oust the protesters and the violent response that followed helped turn Oakland into an epicenter of the national Occupy movement. The emails' writers include public relations people, lawyers, and top police officials, including a deputy police chief, Jeffrey Israel, who has since been demoted to captain.

These were the people assigned to decide how to deal with protesters and shape the city's image under an increasingly glaring spotlight. With the help of database producer Daniel J. Willis and as part of our commitment to digital journalism, I begin today a three-part series comprised of emails written by and to Oakland bureaucrats as more and more people poured into Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.


(Hover your cursor over underlined names for the employee's title.)


From: Emergency Public Information Officer
To:
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 6:28 AM
Subject: News Release: OPD Enforces "Notice of Violations and Demand to Cease Violations" in Frank Ogawa Plaza

News from: Emergency Operations Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2011

OPD Enforces "Notice of Violations and Demand to Cease Violations" in Frank Ogawa Plaza

Oakland, CA - This morning at 4:30 am, the Oakland Police Department began enforcement of the "Notice of Violations and Demand to Cease Violations" issued on Friday, October 21, to persons staying overnight in Frank Ogawa Plaza related to the Occupy Oakland demonstration.

By approximately 5:30 am, Frank Ogawa Plaza had been contained, and the City is in the process of mobilizing the clean-up phase.

Downtown employers and City employees are still advised to delay the start of the work day until further notice.

The 12th Street BART station is closed. AC Transit is re-routing buses downtown.

The City of Oakland appreciates the outstanding mutual aid assistance provided by local law enforcement agencies.

Additional updates will be forthcoming as information becomes available. The City will communicate via news releases until further notice. We anticipate holding a live media briefing in several hours.

Background

From the outset of the demonstration which began two weeks ago on Monday, October 10, the City of Oakland has focused on three clear goals: 1) facilitating the protesters' right to free speech and peaceful expression, 2) maintaining public health and safety, and 3) crowd control.

Two days into the demonstration, the City began providing written notices of the ground rules required in order to protect the health and safety of the group and to respect the Plaza, which is a public park.

After the first weekend, the City began getting reports of problems and communicated with the demonstrators about additional health and safety concerns (e.g., fire hazards, sanitation, food storage, unsafe structures built into the Plaza, noise).

By the second week, conditions began to deteriorate. On at least two occasions, American Medical Response (AMR ambulance company) was denied access to provide medical care. The Oakland Fire Department and Police Department were denied access to the Plaza to respond to calls for service. The City also received reports that an individual was severely beaten. Sanitation conditions worsened with frequent instances of public urination and defecation, as well as improper food storage. The existing rodent problem on the Plaza was exacerbated and vector control was unable to implement measures to control the rat problem due to the presence of overnight campers. The Plaza was physically damaged on a daily basis by graffiti, litter, and vandalism. Fire hazards continued unabated, including cooking with open flame, improper storage and disposal of propane tanks, storage of grease, inadequate fire extinguishers, density of tents and flammable materials, and smoking in tents. Specifically:

  • On Monday, October 17, the City received its first report of a sexual assault, and a television reporter was bitten by a protester's dog.
  • On Tuesday, October 18, the dynamics of the group had changed. We began to receive numerous complaints of threatening, intimidating behavior; individuals threatened to riot if OPD facilitated their march through downtown that evening; public health and safety requirements were being ignored. The City began collecting intelligence to determine the amount of mutual aid that would be required to address the situation.
  • On Wednesday, October 19, the City sent its fourth notice communicating additional health and safety concerns, including sexual offenses, fighting, public drinking, and intoxication. The County Health Department conducted its first inspection and the Oakland Fire Department conducted a second inspection. The City began putting appropriate plans in place to put an end to overnight camping and cooking in the Plaza, and OPD formally requested mutual aid.
  • On Thursday, October 20, the City put the demonstrators on notice that as a result of multiple conditions-including fire hazards, increased levels of violence, denial of access to public safety personnel to assist injured people, mounting sanitation hazards, health hazards, physical damage to the Plaza and lawn, graffiti, and disruption of the Plaza for broader public use-they were required to vacate the Plaza between 10 pm and 6 am. The Fire Department "red tagged" Frank Ogawa Plaza and issued an order to abate and cease operations.
  • On Friday, October 21, the City issued a formal notice of violations and demand to cease overnight camping and cooking operations. In addition, on Friday night and throughout the weekend, the City's homeless services team coordinated with Operation Dignity and Alameda County to arrange for shelter, meals, and service referrals for the homeless population camping on the Plaza.
  • On Monday, October 24, the Fire Department attempted to assist with the removal of propane tanks and cooking oil to address some of the fire hazards. The last notice was issued to cease overnight lodging.
The City of Oakland's goal has been to facilitate individuals to remove their tents, cooking facilities, and belongings, and to leave cooperatively. The City has partnered with community allies to help facilitate communication with the protesters regarding their departure, and we provided services to assist those with housing and mental health needs.

Securing an adequate level of mutual aid has also been a primary goal, especially considering the regional impact that the Occupy demonstrations have had on local law enforcement agencies.

The City remains committed to respecting free speech as well as maintaining the City's responsibility to protect public health and safety. Peaceful daytime assembly will continue to be allowed between 6 am and 10 pm daily, but no camping or overnight stays will be permitted. There may be some disruption to the Plaza during the time that it takes to clean it up and ensure that the Plaza poses no health and safety hazard from those choosing to protest. The City of Oakland's goal is to clean it up to facilitate free assembly in the Plaza as soon as practical.

From: Sharon Cornu
To: Susan Piper, Karen Boyd, Deanna Santana
CC: Jean Quan
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 7:02 AM
Subject: Statement

This is approved. Can we get this out now, in advance of the statements DJS and Chief will make after walk-thru?



Statement of Mayor Jean Quan:

Many Oaklanders support the goals of the national Occupy Wall Street movement. We maintained daily communication with the evolving occupants in Oakland.

However, over the last week it was apparent that neither the demonstrators nor the City could maintain safe or sanitary conditions, or control the ongoing vandalism. Frank Ogawa Plaza will continue to be open as a free speech area from 6 am to 10 pm.

We want to thank the police, fire, public works and other employees who worked over the last week to peacefully close the encampment. We also thank the majority of the protestors who peacefully complied with city officials.

I commend Chief Jordan for a generally peaceful resolution to a situation that deteriorated and concerned our community. His leadership was critical in the successful execution of this operation. City Administrator Deanna Santana developed the plan and secured mutual aid from other departments and the State of California. She will direct departmental teams, including safety, public works, communications, to restore conditions at the Plaza so that it is available for public use.

The City welcomes all Oaklanders to continue to use the Plaza during daylight hours for peaceful protest and celebrating Oakland.
From: Susan Piper
To: Sharon Cornu, Karen Boyd, Deanna Santana
CC: Jean Quan
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 7:06 AM
Subject: RE: Statement

I will put on release letterhead.

FYI-- Twitter shows a call for meeting at the Main Library at 4 pm today.
From: Deanna Santana
To: Susan Piper
CC: Sharon Cornu, Karen Boyd, Jean Quan
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 7:11 AM
Subject: Re: Statement

We are prepared

From: Christopher Bolton
To: Karen Boyd, Johnna Watson, Holly Joshi, Cynthia Perkins
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 8:10 AM
Subject: Press release

I hear the press conference is set for 9am. Can you send us (me, Holly, and Johnna) a copy with details so we can provide field media something? Thanks.
From: Cynthia Perkins
To: Christopher Bolton, Karen Boyd, Johnna Watson, Holly Joshi
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 8:14 AM
Subject: RE: Press Release

City of Oakland Officials Assess Frank Ogawa Plaza

Following Enforcement Activities

Media Briefing Scheduled for 9:00 am

Oakland, CA - City officials are conducting a walk-through of Frank Ogawa Plaza this morning to assess the condition of the Plaza and downtown following the enforcement activities related to the Occupy Oakland demonstration.

The City anticipates releasing updated advice to downtown employers and City employees by 9 am to address the earlier advisory to consider delaying the start of the work day. Officials will be available for a media briefing this morning at 9 am.

Current road closures:

Clay Street between 12th and 14th streets
Broadway between 12th and 14th streets

What: Media Briefing

When: Today, Tuesday, October 25 at 9:00 am

Where: City Hall, 2nd Floor, Hearing Room 4

Who: City Administrator Deanna J. Santana

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan

Oakland Fire Chief Mark Hoffman

From: Emergency Public Information Officer
To: 150 FOP, 250 FOP, City Hall
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 9:28 AM
Subject: City of Oakland Advises 10am Arrival for Downtown Employees

City employees should report to work by 10 am or as soon as practical given individual commute considerations. Be prepared to show your City ID to enter the buildings. Due to safety issues, do not enter the Plaza.

Downtown employers in the area surrounding Frank Ogawa Plaza are encouraged to consider allowing employees to delay their arrival to work until 10 am.

City buildings surrounding Frank Ogawa Plaza (City Hall, 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, and 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza) are closed to the public until further notice.

Frank Ogawa Plaza will remain closed until public health and safety conditions can be improved; this includes debris, human waste and hazardous materials removal.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

From: Cynthia Perkins
To: Karen Boyd
CC: Susan Piper
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 11:03 AM
Subject: talking points for release

Force deployed - bean bags, gas (no injuries reported) Gas was deployed as a defense against protesters who began throwing items from the kitchen area at officers as they approached the area.

Mutual Aid - ALCO, CHP, Berkeley, hayward, UC Berkeley, Fremont, San Leandro, Emeryville, Pleasanton, Union City, Newark, Solano County, Alameda.

85 arrests
6 snow park

Some of the arrestees came from as far away as Florida and Illinois.

From: Alexis Amaye-Hunter
To: Brooke Levin
CC: Renee Domingo, Cathey Eide, Eileen Ogata, Cynthia Chimonyo, Jeffrey Israel, Deanna Santana, Susan Piper, Karen Boyd
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 11:08 AM
Subject: PWA Lice Precaution & Control Guidance

Per conversation with Alameda County Public Health, the following has been developed to assist with potential lice and bed bug infestation. Find information attached in a memo format.

Re: Head and Body Lice, Bed Bug Control Measures

Reports of lice and bed bugs in the protest camps of Snow Park and Frank Ogawa Plaza were made.

What: Lice and bed bugs are spread by direct contact with an infested person and/or an infested person's clothing or bedding.

Who is impacted: PWA field personnel involved with the clean-up of protest camp locations who may have with direct contact with potentially infested materials are likely to be exposed to head and body lice and bed bugs.

Steps to Control Spread by PWA Clean-Up Personnel:
1. Use precaution when handling clothing, bedding or other materials and camp debris.
2. Use gloves when touching items
3. Do not allow items to have direct contact with skin, hair, or eyes
4. Do not touch your face, skin or hair while handling clothing, bedding or other materials collected
5. Wash hands regularly using hot water
6. Work clothes may have lice, bed bugs or their larva eggs because of contact, machine wash and dry infested clothing using hot water (at least 130°F)

Steps to Maintain Spread at Warehouse:
A. Lice and bed bugs can remain on the outside of collection bags, use precaution in placement of items
B. Avoid placing bags in areas that can not be hosed with water, or cleaned easily
C. Avoid opening bags to inspect contents until further control measures are developed

Additional control measure will be developed for handling materials at the warehouse to minimize spread
Additional guidance will be provided for treatment should personnel become infested with head and body live, or bed bugs

From: Arturo Sanchez
To: Deanna Santana, Scott Johnson, Howard Jordan, Karen Boyd, Alexandra Orologas
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 11:26 AM
Subject: Phone call feedback

The folks calling are not happy about the take down of camp, most from out of the area. But their calls are based on inaccurate information and really based on twitter feeds where occupy Oakland made a lot of false claims.

I did hear the Labor Council will be holding a press conference in front of the county jail calling for the release of folks and reinstatement of camp.

Had one request from union rep for the City to find alternate location for camp to be re-established and city sanctioned. But I understand that the labor unions are unwilling to organize or control the camp. They merely want it reinstated.

From: Sabrina Glazbrook
To: Susan Piper
CC: Maisha Everhart, Karen Boyd, Hatzune Aguilar
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 11:26 AM
Subject: KGO Radio Interview Request

Hello,

I would like to request a live telephone (cell phone okay) radio interview with Mayor Quan this afternoon on KGO Radio, ABC affiliate, on the Gil Gross Program. It would be at 2:40pm PST, lasting no longer than ten minutes to discuss the eviction of Occupy Oakland this morning. It would be just herself and Gil without opposing views or questions from our listeners.

Please let me know if this is possible and we can discuss the details.

Many thanks,
Sabrina Glazbrook
KGO Radio Producer, The Gil Gross Program
900 Front Street
San Francisco, Ca 94111
From: Susan Piper
To: Sabrina Glazbrook
CC: Maisha Everhart, Karen Boyd, Hatzune Aguilar
Subject: RE: KGO Radio Interview Request

Mayor Quan is in Washington, DC and will not be available

From: Albert Lujan
To: Sharon Cornu, Richard Cowan, Susan Piper, Karen Boyd
CC: Ellen Dillard
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 12:13 PM
Subject: Occupy Oakland calls through OAC/City Admin Lines Good afternoon,

So far we have had approximately 172 calls this morning regarding Occupy Oakland. Of those only 6 have been in support of the eviction and 166 support the protesters.

Approximately 35 have been from residents of Oakland.

There are still a couple of hundred voicemail messages that came in on the Mayor's line that have yet to be tabulated and 87 to OAC's VM box.

I will report back around 4:45

From: Bonnie Hitch
To: Susan Piper
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 12:07 PM
Subject: RE: Statement from Mayor Jean Quan about today's enforcement action

Is the mayor out of town?

If so where?

Thanks

Bonnie Hitch
KRON4News
From: Susan Piper
To: Bonnie Hitch
CC: Karen Boyd
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 1:06 PM
Subject: RE: Statement from Mayor Jean Quan about today's enforcement action

The Mayor has been meeting with Administration officials in Washington, DC yesterday and today to discuss funds for economic development, development of the Army Base and jobs. She will return this evening.

She was in constant contact with the Chief of Police and the City Administrator during the removal of the protesters' camp.

From: Brooke Levin
To: Frank Foster, Derin Minor, David Ferguson
CC: Vitaly Troyan, Deanna Santana, Howard Jordan, Eric Breshears, Karen Boyd, Brian Carthan, Jim Ryugo
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 2:25 PM
Subject: PWA Operation Plan for the balance of 10.25.11

Frank and Derin,

It has been decided that the operations of cleaning and collecting the items left in the Plaza will continue until completed tonight. I was given an estimate of 4-6 (at 1:30) additional hours which leaves 3- 5 hours remaining. OPD will be on site, lighting will be provided for a safe work environment. Please notify the supervisors and staff that they will be held over for this work.

Additionally, there may be a need for some of the staff to arrange the steel barriers to fully contain the lawn (elevated) area of the Plaza. We will need signage (approved by Karen Boyd or another PIO) that states the area is closed due to biohazards and continuing clean up at the site.

I will direct that Brian Carthan secure the contractor to install the construction fencing in the morning and that fence will also need the signage with wording to be decided. (any ideas are welcome).

PWA Staff: Please have cell phones charged and with you this evening- David Ferguson will be taking over for me at 4:00p.m. until mid-night. At this point we will not be at the EOC after that time. David's Cell phone number is 510-385-9231.

Thank you for all you have done to support this operation- you have done a top notch job. I really appreciate all the work and planning that went into a smooth work plan and follow-up actions.
From: Derin Minor
To Brooke Levin, Frank Foster, David Ferguson, Jeffrey Israel
CC: Vitaly Troyan, Deanna Santana, Howard Jordan, Eric Breshears, Karen Boyd, Brian Carthan, Jim Ryugo
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 2:40 PM
Subject: Re: PWA Operation Plan for the balance of 10.25.11

To All,

The Union heard we were staying later now they have security concerns due to the protest at 4:00pm.

They are back at the work site...
From: Howard Jordan
To: Derin Minor, Brooke Levin, Frank Foster, David Ferguson, Jeffrey Israel
CC: Vitaly Troyan, Deanna Santana, Eric Breshears, Karen Boyd, Brian Carthan, Jim Ryugo
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 2:47 PM
Subject: Re: PWA Operation Plan for the balance of 10.25.11

The demonstration at 4 pm is taking place at the library. There is no information that they will come to FOP. In any case, we have sufficient officers to maintain the safety of our workers at FOP.

From: Reygan Harmon
To: Mayor's Staff
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 3:57 PM
Subject: Rumor about Protestors Cited

I just spoke with Chief Jordan. Protestors who were arrested will not be kept until Thursday. All were cited and released with the exception of those that had an existing outstanding warrant. Many of those arrested have already been released. There will be another briefing at 4:30 from the EOC.

From: Emergency Public Information Officer
To: City Hall, 250 FOP, 150 FOP
CC: OPD Media, Christopher Bolton
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 3:56 PM
Subject: Message to City Employees from City Administrator re: Plaza activity

Dear City Staff,

As previously reported, this morning the Oakland Police Department began enforcement of the "Notice of Violations and Demand to Cease Violations" issued on Friday, October 21, to persons staying overnight in Frank Ogawa Plaza related to the Occupy Oakland demonstration.

By approximately 5:30 am, Frank Ogawa Plaza had been contained and the clean-up phase was immediately put in place. A multi-departmental team has been committed to the clean-up effort throughout the day and will continue this effort until City facilities are cleared of any health and safety concerns.

Please note that Occupy Oakland has put out a call to gather at 4 p.m. at the Oakland Public Library, 14th and Madison streets. The library will remain open until 5:30 pm and appropriate crowd control measures will be put in place. With the exception of re-routing 14th Street, all other transportation routes are uninterrupted.

Although there was a delay in work schedules for those working around Frank Ogawa Plaza this morning, we do not anticipate any disruption to City staff's remaining normal work day schedule. Employees are directed to remain at work for their normal work schedules today. During this disruption, we respect that you may need to make decisions in the best interest of yourself and/or your family. If you need to leave early, please work with your direct supervisor to get normal procedural approvals and use your leave balance. Work is to resume at normally scheduled times tomorrow, unless notified otherwise by City Administration.

The City remains committed to respecting free speech as well as maintaining the City's responsibility to protect public health and safety. Once the Plaza is cleaned up and reopened, peaceful daytime assembly will continue to be allowed between 6 am and 10 pm daily, but no camping or overnight stays will be permitted.

I greatly respect the commitment City staff has shown during these events and appreciate your patience these past two weeks, and I recognize the inconvenience that you have faced as a result of the demonstration. I also want to reiterate my appreciation that despite the distractions, you continue to meet your work responsibilities. Again, thank you for keeping your focus on providing outstanding service to our community. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

You can view the written communications we have delivered on the City's home page at www.oaklandnet.com.

From: Albert Lujan
To: Sharon Cornu, Richard Cowan, Susan Piper, Karen Boyd, Lewis Cohen, Deanna Santana
CC: Ellen Dillard, Keith Schuerholz, Peter Leung, Hatzune Aguilar
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 4:05 PM
Subject: RE: Occupy Oakland calls through OAC/City Admin Lines

Good afternoon,

As of 4:00pm 10/25/2011 the Mayor's phone line (3141) the OAC (2489) and the City Administrator's line (3301) has logged 691 calls total. 117 from Oakland residents and 574 from around the country.

Thanks to front line staff and volunteers for your hard work and patience.

From: Matthai Kuruvila
To: Susan Piper
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 4:38 PM
Subject: RE: Statement from Mayor Jean Quan about today's enforcement action

Sue-

Why is mayor Quan in DC?

And why did she decide not to be here for the raid?

matthai
From: Susan Piper
To: Matthai Kuruvila
CC: Karen Boyd
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 4:50 PM
Subject: RE: Statement from Mayor Jean Quan about today's enforcement action

The Mayor has been meeting with Administration officials in Washington, DC yesterday and today to discuss funds for economic development, development of the Army Base and jobs. She will return this evening. This was a meeting that had been planned weeks ago.

She was in constant contact with the Chief of Police and the City Administrator during the removal of the protestors' camp.

From: Jess Bidgood
To: Susan Piper
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 7:52 AM
Subject: New York Times interview request for Mayor Quan

Hi Ms. Piper,

I'm writing on behalf of my colleague Abby Goodnough, a national desk reporter for the New York Times. We're hoping Abby might be able to interview Mayor Quan this afternoon after 3:30 or tomorrow morning regarding the Occupy Oakland demonstration.

Please let me know if this is possible -- Abby will only need a small amount of Mayor Quan's time.

You can reach me at this email address or by phone at 203.434.5743.

Thanks,

Jess Bidgood
The New York Times
From: Susan Piper
To: Jess Bidgood
CC: Ellen Dillard
Sent: 10/25/2011 5:45 PM
Subject: RE: New York Times interview request for Mayor Quan

I left a message on your phone. The Mayor is on a plane flying back from Washington, DC to Oakland. She would be available in the morning tomorrow. Please let me know what would work for you.
From: Jess Bidgood
To: Susan Piper
CC: Ellen Dillard
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 5:44 PM
Subject: RE: New York Times interview request for Mayor Quan

Hi Piper,

Is 11 am PST possible for Mayor Quam?
From: Susan Piper
To: Hatzune Aguilar
CC: Cynthia Perkins, Karen Boyd
Sent: 10/25/2011 6:47 PM
Subject: FW: New York Times interview request for Mayor Quan

Can you please post this to the Mayor's calendar for 11 am tomorrow -- I hope that Nancy Nadel won't mind. It's the New York Times. I will resend you what I sent the Mayor re latest information-- although I understand that there have been some more arrests with this afternoon's march.

Cynthia-- please be sure we provide the mayor with the latest stats once you send out your release this evening, so she is up to speed for her NY Times interview tomorrow am.

From: Emergency Public Information Officer
To: City Council, Jean Quan, Susan Piper, Sharon Cornu, Richard Cowan, Deanna Santana, Scott Johnson, Karen Boyd, Alexandra Orologas, Barbara Parker
CC: OPD Media
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 8:34 PM
Subject: Occupy Oakland Update 8:30pm on Tuesday Oct. 25, 2011

Update from City Administrator:
  • Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to be activated, and the City Administrator and the Emergency Operations Team are monitoring all activities.
  • Approx 1,700 individuals have asembled in multiple locations from Snow Park to Broadway & 14th Street.
  • With assistance from additional mutual aid (100-150 officers), OPD has made multiple requests of the crowd to disperse.
  • Several officers have been assualted.
  • Crowds have been attempting to break into the Frank Ogawa Plaza.
  • Due to the crowd not being responsive to OPD's requests, and after repeated announcements and assaults on officers, tear gas has been used as a means to disperse the crowd.
  • Chief Jordan will be holding a press conference in the next hour.
Attached is the most recent press release.

We will continue to provide updates as events evolve.

From: Emergency Public Information Officer
To: City Council, Jean Quan, Susan Piper, Sharon Cornu, Richard Cowan, Deanna Santana, Scott Johnson, Karen Boyd, Alexandra Orologas, Barbara Parker
CC: OPD Media
Sent: Tue 10/25/2011 10:14 PM
Subject: Occupy Oakland Update 10:10pm Tuesday Oct. 25, 2011

Update from the Oakland City Administrator:
  • The crowd has been decreasing and is currently reduced to approximately 300.
  • The crowd appears peaceful at the present time.
  • Aprroximately five arrests have been made since 12:00 noon.
  • OPD will make a request for mutual aid to continue for tomorrow.
  • A press conference will be scheduled for tomorrow morning.
We will continue to provide updates when warranted.

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