With Occupy Oakland recamped at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, city officials are doing some soul-searching on Friday and facing criticism for police actions during a Tuesday night melee.
5:30 p.m. One school's teachers will participate in boycott
Teachers from at least one Oakland school -- Bridges Academy at Melrose on 53rd Avenue -- have decided to participate in the citywide general strike on Wednesday. A bilingual flier distributed to parents says that teachers and parents will meet in front of the East Oakland school at 8:45 a.m. and walk together to the Fruitvaile BART Station, where they will catch the train to Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. The fliers says, "We, the teachers at Bridges
4:30 p.m. Oakland mayor says she will not resign
At a news conference this afternoon, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan urged demonstrators not to camp out at city hall. But, she said, the city will not immediately evict those who do.
Quan said she had apologized publicly for Tuesday night's clashes because "people got hurt," but that mistakes were made on both sides.
"I am not considering resigning," she said.
3:40 p.m. Michael Moore condemns "the militarization of our police departments"
In his speech, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore said he emailed Mayor Jean Quan to see
"I have to tell you the other night, not being here and watching from afar what took place here, it was really horrifying, to see what took place here in this country," Moore said.
Moore called for 30 seconds of silence for Scott Olsen, the 24-year-old Iraq War veteran who was critically injured Tuesday night in a confrontation with police.
After decrying the use of force by police, he said officers should join the movement, too. "Police officers, you're part of the 99 percent," he said.
3:30 p.m. Michael Moore has arrived
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is making his way to the stage in front of Oakland City Hall. He's surrounded by fans. Some are chanting, "Give the man some space."
3 p.m. Extra Action Marching Band to perform tonight
The flamboyant music group, with its scantily clad drummers, brass musicians and cheerleaders, will perform for demonstrators tonight, the band announced on its Twitter feed. While it didn't specify a start time, fans are saying 10 p.m.
2:09 p.m. Mayor's Office briefing this afternoon
A news release from Mayor Jean Quan's office says there will be a 3 p.m. media briefing at City Hall "on current status of Occupy Oakland." Meanwhile, Bay Area News Group Reporter Tom Peele tweets that "The tent city is springing back up," complete with a food stand and news tent.
1:15 p.m. Message from Oakland's interim police chief
Oakland Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan today said that his department has received "a large amount of feedback" about police officers' use of force on Tuesday. In a statement titled "Message to the Community," he said that allegations of misconduct will be investigated internally as well as by independent investigators.
"As the chief of police, I take full responsibility for the actions of my officers," Jordan's statement read. It's unclear from his remarks whether he is also taking responsibility for the actions of officers from other departments that assisted OPD.
"Not unlike you, I am concerned about the injuries to protesters and officers alike; the decision to use any level of force is never taken lightly, and certainly was not in this situation," Johnson said. "As a community, we must preserve our position that any act of assault against officers or each other in our community is unacceptable, and will not be tolerated."
12:33 p.m. White House avoids Oakland opinion again
For a second straight day, White House press secretary Jay Carney on Friday declined to offer an opinion on Tuesday's police violence against Occupy Oakland protesters.
"With regard to the situation in Oakland, this is a local law-enforcement issue," Carney told reporters. "I would note that the police are investigating that incident, so I don't really have much more to say about that in particular."
11:20 a.m. Quan dodges reporters
Mayor Jean Quan made an appearance Friday morning at a Caltrans ceremony to mark a milestone on Bay Bridge construction, but she declined to speak to a group of reporters who had gathered to question her about the city's response to the Occupy protests. As reporters shouted questions, Quan said only that she would "talk later" before ducking into a car and driving away.
10 a.m. Michael Moore expected to drop by the plaza
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore plans to visit Occupy Oakland's re-established tent city sometime this afternoon, according to his blog.
At the end of an Thursday blog post titled "Life Among the 1%," Moore writes "P.S. I will go to Oakland tomorrow afternoon to stand with Occupy Oakland against the out-of-control police."
Others on the record for criticizing police action Tuesday night are political commentator Keith Olbermann and Moveon.org, fray. On the Daily Show, Jon Stewart's video segment, "What the &#*#@@ in Oakland?" ( www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19206202 ) poses a satirical contrast between Oakland's response to protesters and other cities' responses.