Report Rips Police Response To Occupy Oakland

Shorter version? Nothing new here, the actual report hasn't been released to the public, and the recommendations for the Oakland Police Department might get done someday, if they get the money, and if they get the time. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that's code for maybe the next administration will get around to it.


Oakland police received some harsh criticism for the way they handled the Occupy demonstrations last fall, but Oakland's police chief is not taking offense.

Details of the 121-page report were made available to city leaders more than six weeks ago, but they held on to it. They released it to the media less than five minutes before they held a carefully worded and brief press conference.

The report was not kind. Among the criticisms, it calls the Oakland Police Department's response to protesters last year, "flawed by inadequate staffing, insufficient planning and lack of understanding of crowd management techniques." The report even called many of their policing methods "outdated".

The report recommends that OPD institute a mutual aid policy to include OPD and responding agencies abilities -- a move Jordan says, will require time and additional resources.

"These are things that we can't do overnight, these are long range changes that I intend to implement. It's just not something we're going to do right away," said Jordan.

Possibly the worst part of this "report" is the fact that city officials claim to have paid $100,000 for it. There's your tax dollars at work, Oakland, a report that restates the obvious and doesn't place any blame on any of the city's officials.

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