War in Oakland

Posted: August 7, 2010 in Anarchists & Communists

In an incident reminisent of a war torn third world country, officers were sniper fired upon from an Oakland apartment building during an arrest.

The officers backed down and called for additional resources,” said OPD Lt. David Elzey.
Officers searched the building after the shooting stopped but they did not find the shooter or any weapons. Police say the building did have video surveillance cameras, but the system was vandalized.
This incident is third officer-involved shooting in two days for Oakland. On Saturday morning, BART and Oakland police officers fatally shot a man near the Fruitvale BART station after he reportedly charged at officers with knives in both hands.

Then, around midnight Sunday, a DUI traffic stop on I-580 turned into a gun battle between the driver, who wore body armor and had multiple weapons, and CHP officers. The gun fight ended after CHP officers shot the driver multiple times but did not kill him.

In a very dangerous precedent for the rest of the country, Oakland police salary negotiations have failed. One of the nation’s most crime-ridden cities had to lay off almost 10 percent of its police force. To start, 80 officers have been laid off. The dismissals leave the embattled department with 696 officers in a city of more than 400,000 residents.During Negotiations, Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers will no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism. He says if you live in Oakland and one of the above happens to you, you need to let police know on-line.

Here’s a partial list:
burglary
theft
embezzlement
grand theft
grand theft:dog
identity theft
false information to peace officer
required to register as sex or arson offender
dump waste or offensive matter
discard appliance with lock
loud music
possess forged notes
pass fictitious check
obtain money by false voucher
fraudulent use of access cards
stolen license plate
embezzlement by an employee (over $ 400)
extortion
attempted extortion
false personification of other
injure telephone/ power line
interfere with power line
unauthorized cable tv connection
vandalism
administer/expose poison to another

Victims would have to report those and other crimes online. As a result of the layoffs, Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts has had to eliminate all 63 officers who work closely with community groups to prevent crime and address community safety issues. These officers comprised the lion’s share of the law enforcement side of the community policing equation.

It looks like Oakland will be the test case for self preservation in a violent large city. Our advise would be to immediately move. If you live in Oakland, being armed and wearing body armor seem to be your only recourse against crime.

mannyblack | July 18, 2010
the homie and I were chillin’ in the kitchen and we heard gunshots. then they just kept coming and we realized that it was something really going on up the street. so we head to the living room and we can see cop cars converging on the street. This video is about 5-7 minutes into the shootout, from the westside of the 400 block of Oakland Avenue. Audio is probably more descriptive than the actual video because our window faces the freeway but the trees and darkness blocked our view. plus we were NOT trying to get shot!

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