Interim Police Chief of the City of Oakland, Howard Jordan, was sworn into office by mayor Jean Quan, on Thursday, October 13th, 2011, a mere twelve days prior to the attack on the peaceful protestors in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011. While former Police Chief Anthony Batts has cited the city's bureaucracy as the main reason for his stepping down, full details remain unclear, and deserve to be investigated thoroughly.
"The city of Oakland has always been committed to me in terms of my career and I thought this was an opportunity ... for me to give back something to the city of Oakland and the Oakland police department," Interim Police Chief Jordan said. "As interim chief, I plan to make solid decisions. The term 'interim' will not apply to my decisions." --- Jordan certainly stayed true to his word, in less than two weeks he managed to command a crowd control tactic involving hundreds of police officers in full riot gear, firearms loaded with plastic bullets, and large quantities of tear gas. It is unclear at this time how many peaceful, unarmed protestors were injured during the raid.
The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
This attack was unwarranted, unjustified and unconstitutional. Mayor Jean Quan "[commends] Chief Jordan for a generally peaceful resolution to a situation that deteriorated and concerned our community." Quan goes on to say that "[Jordan's] leadership was critical in the successful execution of this operation." Nothing was peaceful about Chief Jordan's resolution. Tear gas is not a peaceful means to an end of a constitutionally guaranteed right.
Investigate the Oakland Police Department's brutal attacks on peaceful protestors, as well as Mayor Jean Quan's involvement in the planning and implementation of the grotesquely over-aggressive crowd control tactics utilized during the raid.
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