Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Overreaction in Oakland

Via Think Progress:

Late [Monday] night, Oakland police, under orders from the city, began surrounding the Occupy Oakland encampment in preparation to oust the protesters from Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Approximately an hour ago, hundreds of Oakland police officers raided the camp. Dressed in riot gear, the police used rubber bullets, flash grenades, and gas canisters to forcibly evict and/or arrest the demonstrators who remained in the plaza.

There’s videos and twitter-feeds from the site detailing the events.

I understand that the police want to maintain law and order, but rubber bullets, flash grenades, and tear gas is the kind of stuff you use against an armed mob of rioters, not a bunch of people camped out in a park carrying signs and singing Pete Seeger songs.

Update: I heard a news report this morning that some of the demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at the cops. C’mon; give peace a chance.