Scott Olsen's skull was shattered and part of his brain destroyed when an OPD officer shot him in the head with a Specialty Impact Munition (SIM) at a 2011 Occupy Oakland demonstration. As he lay critically injured on the pavement, an OPD officer threw a CS Blast grenade onto him - a teargas device that explodes with a flash of light and loud bang. At least a dozen other people were injured by so-called "less lethal" weapons at the Occupy demonstrations, even though OPD's own policies and federal court orders specify that these weapons may not be fired into crowds. As a result, the City of Oakland has had to pay out more than $7 million in legal settlements to people who have suffered serious injuries from SIM or CS Blasts, including burns, hearing loss, fractures, crushed nerves and scarring. It is only a matter of time before someone is killed in Oakland, as occurred in Boston when college student Victoria Snelgrove was struck with a small plastic SIM that an officer was aiming for another person in a crowd of baseball fans. We demand that OPD be prohibited from using SIM and CS Blast grenades at demonstrations and other crowd events. These so-called "less lethal" weapons cause serious injuries to innocent people and major liability to the Oakland taxpayers. Other major Bay Area cities don't use SIM, chemical agents or explosives on crowds, and we don't need them here in Oakland.

Sponsors: National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

ACLU of Northern California

Berkeley Copwatch

Homeless Action Center

San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center

Prison Radio


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    Reasons for signing

    • B. Allan Ross SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Dept of Homeland Security's jurisdictionless, nationwide, omni-level PIG force has turned US streets into urban war zones and the PIGS are willingly manning PIG State USA. Where are the OathKeepers Now that their orders are un-Constitutional? They are hiding behind their most psychotic members' crimes and committing crimes themselves, against the Constitution. Liars, frauds, politically motivated creeps, one and all of them.

    • Suzanne Galanis ELK GROVE, CA
      • 2 months ago

      Hold police accountable for their criminal actions.

    • Matthew West BAYFIELD, WI
      • 2 months ago

      Stop allowing sociopaths to play soldier in our great nation.

    • Christopher Kirk HICKORY, NC
      • 3 months ago

      It should be important to everyone. Police that go above and beyond the capacity for violence while on duty should simply not continue to be employed.

    • Araya Bouvia THOUSAND PALMS, CA
      • 3 months ago

      Because most cops think they are above the law, they abuse their authority, it is the same as a dirty cop. An officer once told me that more than half of his police department was dirty. Thats coming from a cop.


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