Oakland mayoral recall underway; Police issue statement; Cop who shot Olsen ID’d

By COTO Report

Today, the Oakland Police Officers Assn. issued a statement publicizing the conflicting orders coming from the Mayor’s Office, while efforts to recall Mayor Jean Quan have begun.

Additionally, the officer who shot Oakland protester and Iraq Vet, Scott Olsen, has been identified by Anonymous as Deputy Sheriff Scott Bergstresser, of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Dept., Emergency Services Unit (Badge #1342).

Birmingham Urban News reports that the hactivist collective released a visual image of the suspect, along with a photograph of his residence in Oakley and a photo of him and two other officers — Ceciel Yambao and Hugo Aparicio on Saturday.

“The Emergency Services Unit, which is part of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department consists of Deputy Sheriffs that have been specially trained to deal with different emergency situations including search and rescue activities, terrorism, protests and riots. The training that they receive is similar to that of the military services.”

Former Marine Corporal Scott Olsen deployed twice to Iraq with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines based out of Twentynine Palms, Calif., reports the Military Times.

“Olsen, who was a tactical communications Marine, got out of the Corps last year and landed a job in San Francisco as a systems administrator with the help of his friend and roommate, Keith Shannon, who was also a Marine.”

Olsen suffered a two-inch skull fracture and swelling on the brain that landed him a coma overnight. He was carried out of the melee around 5 pm by fellow protesters who took him to Highland General Hospital in Oakland.

But not before police shot a teargas canister into the crowd helping to lift Olsen:

The Oakland Mayor’s Facebook page was bombarded with over 23,000 comments from people complaining about the enforcement tactics used on the protestors and some called for her resignation.  Jean Quan issued two statements expressing concern for Olsen and promising an investigation, the second one necessitated by her first statement commending the officers.

Photo by Jay Finnburgh/REUTERS

BUN reports that in the second statement, “Chief Howard Jordan of the Oakland Police Department said today (Friday) that he defended his officers response to the situation on Tuesday and states that there are internal and external investigations being conducted on allegations of misconduct by police officers during the Occupy Oakland protest.”

Photo by Jay Finnburgh/REUTERS

The Oakland Police Officers Assn. posted a statement expressing their confusion over conflicting orders from the Mayor — first to clear the streets, then allowing the protesters back in:

OPOA Statement

We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland. We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment and the ability to provide a living for our children and families. We are severely understaffed with many City beats remaining unprotected by police during the day and evening hours.

As your police officers, we are confused.

On Tuesday, October 25th, we were ordered by Mayor Quan to clear out the encampments at Frank Ogawa Plaza and to keep protesters out of the Plaza. We performed the job that the Mayor’s Administration asked us to do, being fully aware that past protests in Oakland have resulted in rioting, violence and destruction of property.

Then, on Wednesday, October 26th, the Mayor allowed protesters back in – to camp out at the very place they were evacuated from the day before.

To add to the confusion, the Administration issued a memo on Friday, October 28th to all City workers in support of the “Stop Work” strike scheduled for Wednesday, giving all employees, except for police officers, permission to take the day off.

That’s hundreds of City workers encouraged to take off work to participate in the protest against “the establishment.” But aren’t the Mayor and her Administration part of the establishment they are paying City employees to protest? Is it the City’s intention to have City employees on both sides of a skirmish line?

It is all very confusing to us.

Meanwhile, a message has been sent to all police officers: Everyone, including those who have the day off, must show up for work on Wednesday. This is also being paid for by Oakland taxpayers. Last week’s events alone cost Oakland taxpayers over $1 million.

The Mayor and her Administration are beefing up police presence for Wednesday’s work strike they are encouraging and even “staffing,” spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for additional police presence – at a time when the Mayor is also asking Oakland residents to vote on an $80 parcel tax to bail out the City’s failing finances.

All of these mixed messages are confusing.

We love Oakland and just want to do our jobs to protect Oakland residents. We respectfully ask the citizens of Oakland to join us in demanding that our City officials, including Mayor Quan, make sound decisions and take responsibility for these decisions. Oakland is struggling – we need real leaders NOW who will step up and lead – not send mixed messages. Thank you for listening.

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Meanwhile, Oakland Residents for Peaceful Neighborhoods is promoting a Recall of Mayor Jean Quan:

A broad, experienced, widely-connected group of civic-minded Oakland residents have launched a drive to recall mayor Quan. Already, the response is a torrent of Oakland residents asking, “Where do I sign?”

If you are among them, click to send us email; we will pass it on the recall committee.

One response to “Oakland mayoral recall underway; Police issue statement; Cop who shot Olsen ID’d

  1. Scott Olsen interviewed after release from hospital — http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8960

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