A "Special Comment" from Keith Obermann discusses how Oakland, California Mayor Jean Quan has gone from supporting people's rights to being an oppressor, and calls for her to repent for the treatment of the Occupy Oakland protesters, or resign.
Olbermann calls out Quan for her use of 500 police officers in a pre-dawn raid Tuesday morning, followed by more tear-gas bombs, rubber bullets and bean-bag rounds on Tuesday night. Quan, herself once a victim of the Oakland police’s bullying, now “is the bully,” he says. He calls on Quan to dismiss acting Police Chief Howard Jordan and allow protesters to return to their location, “or, having betrayed everything she’d supported and all those who have supported her, she must resign.”
Quan has come under heavy fire since Tuesday's raids, and especially so after the night-time raid that left an Iraq war veteran, Scott Thomas Olsen, a 24-year old former Marine in critical condition when he was hit in the head by a tear gas canister. Olsen suffered a skull fracture, and brain swelling that puts him at risk of permanent brain damage.