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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland from the Oakland Police Officers’ Association

Posted by troublemaker on November 9, 2011

1 November 2011 – Oakland, Ca.

We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland. We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment and the ability to provide a living for our children and families. We are severely understaffed with many City beats remaining unprotected by police during the day and evening hours.

As your police officers, we are confused.

On Tuesday, October 25th, we were ordered by Mayor Quan to clear out the encampments at Frank Ogawa Plaza and to keep protesters out of the Plaza. We performed the job that the Mayor’s Administration asked us to do, being fully aware that past protests in Oakland have resulted in rioting, violence and destruction of property.

Then, on Wednesday, October 26th, the Mayor allowed protesters back in – to camp out at the very place they were evacuated from the day before.

To add to the confusion, the Administration issued a memo on Friday, October 28th to all City workers in support of the “Stop Work” strike scheduled for Wednesday, giving all employees, except for police officers, permission to take the day off.

That’s hundreds of City workers encouraged to take off work to participate in the protest against “the establishment.” But aren’t the Mayor and her Administration part of the establishment they are paying City employees to protest? Is it the City’s intention to have City employees on both sides of a skirmish line?

It is all very confusing to us.

Meanwhile, a message has been sent to all police officers: Everyone, including those who have the day off, must show up for work on Wednesday. This is also being paid for by Oakland taxpayers. Last week’s events alone cost Oakland taxpayers over $1 million.

The Mayor and her Administration are beefing up police presence for Wednesday’s work strike they are encouraging and even “staffing,” spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for additional police presence – at a time when the Mayor is also asking Oakland residents to vote on an $80 parcel tax to bail out the City’s failing finances.

All of these mixed messages are confusing.

We love Oakland and just want to do our jobs to protect Oakland residents. We respectfully ask the citizens of Oakland to join us in demanding that our City officials, including Mayor Quan, make sound decisions and take responsibility for these decisions. Oakland is struggling – we need real leaders NOW who will step up and lead – not send mixed messages. Thank you for listening.

3 Responses to “An Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland from the Oakland Police Officers’ Association”

  1. John Connor said

    If you want a leader then become the leader that is needed Oakland has trusted your force to serve and protect for a great many of years this much I am sure of. Unfortunately for you, you do not make the rules and you must fallow orders. The only thing your are currently confused about and rightfully so is who’s orders do you fallow. If you are the 99% then act like it plain cloths a badge and a gun is all you need it is all you ever needed. a Rational mind and the ability to connect the dots what dots you ask? Fallow your occupation and they will show them all to you. once you are aware of their information you can cross check it and see if they are lying or not. Perhaps ask the Hutarey Militia they should be easy to find considering they are locked away. From the looks of things for good reason. Hey maybe even a secret meeting with Julian Asange I am sure he can tell you whats going down. Every one of the 645 of you must learn who the enemy is other wise you will be unable to serve and protect the innocent. It is very easy to figure out just ask your self is it possible that against all odds the USA is the bad guy in this equation. If so then only a select few will see it and now the war is on. Soul search it is the only way.

  2. troublemaker said

    Dear John Connor, is your mother Sarah Connor? Sorry, could not resist.

  3. John Connor said

    here you go if you are not afraid of what you might find I would challenge you to offer me any rational answers I am all ears because all I hear from global leaders is blahh blahhh blahh beat the hippies the arrogant insignificant wast of apparently valuable and diminishing space. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003178567590

    Why on gods green earth does Canada tell the Queen to ask Russia to tell Iran to settle down with the aggressive postures when you people don’t even understand that you are being sold to the Queen for pennies on the Dollar. To think I actually worried about 3 world countries over seas when I have one as a neighbor. LOL you will see it when the countries of the common wealth plus Russia and china and lets not forget Iran it will all descend upon the USA for bushes War crimes if it does not withdraw but hey the cold war siren will be a welcome sound at least then we will know the mercy kill is on its way. who needs a concentration camp when we have nukes.

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