Oakland Police Cleared Occupy Protestors with Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets. Is LA Far Behind?

Occupy Oakland injuryLess than 24 hours after Oakland police forcibly cleared the encampments of Occupy Oakland with tear gas and rubber bullets, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl is telling Occupy protestors in Los Angeles it’s “time to move on.”

“They’ve made their statement. I agree with their statement, but it is time to move on. The trees are in the process of being impacted. The grass is being impacted. Other activities that we need to do on the lawns are being put on the back burner,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

In Oakland, where nearly 200 Occupy protesters had taken up residence, police moved in, claiming the encampment had become a health hazard. Police in riot gear arrested 85 protesters on Tuesday….

Some Los Angeles protesters said despite concerns about damaged grass and run-ins with police at similar encampments across the country, they plan to stand their ground on the lawn of City Hall…..

“I frankly think if we can be civil about it, they should get the message that it’s time to move on from our lawn at City Hall. It is everybody’s lawn, not just those with their tents right now,” said Rosendahl.

Only three weeks ago, Rosendahl and other City Council members were described as “giddy” in their support of Occupy Los Angeles.

Rosendahl at OccupyLA

Councilman Rosendahl when he still thought people were more important than lawns.

“It’s an entourage of peace makers!” Walsh said giddily as he walked toward the protest with Councilmen Bill Rosendahl, Eric Garcetti, Ed Reyes and Dennis Zine.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Zine, who until recently was a registered Republican. “We could just drive by them, or we could go talk to them.”

The lawmakers, dressed in dark suits and surrounded by aides, caused  a stir when they approached the rag-tag collection of tents, tarps and sleeping bags just off of Temple Street. News media and protesters armed with video cameras swarmed as the officials shook hands and introduced themselves.

Rosendahl told one woman that he empathized with the demonstrators, especially with their complaints about the role of banks in the foreclosure crisis.

“We are not enemies with the people here,” Rosendahl said. “Many of us totally agree with you that the situation we’re in is truly intolerable.”


Rosendahl and Garcetti, the two council members who remained, called for equality in fiery speeches. When Garcetti shouted, “This is your City Hall!” the crowd repeated, “This is our City Hall!”

“Stay as long as you need,” Garcetti told them. “We’re here to support you.”

Or, if Councilmen Rosendahl gets his way, until the lawn gets ratty enough to embarrass the neighbors.

Feel free to give my councilman a call if you think people are more important than lawns. His number is 213-473-7011

Remember, the meltdown in Oakland didn’t start with rubber bullets, but it didn’t take long to get there.

2 thoughts on “Oakland Police Cleared Occupy Protestors with Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets. Is LA Far Behind?”

  1. It’s probably a different situation in LA

    Jean Quan was elected using ‘Ranked Choice’ voting

    (WHAT A SCAM!!)

    She got less first place votes than the leader, Don Perata

    Yet, under ‘Ranked Choice’ she was elected

    Quan was long at odds with her popular and effective Police Chief, Anthony Batts

    She foiled him at every turn and rejected his suggestions

    He publicly resigned

    Later, she belatedly embraced Batts’ ‘youth curfew’ proposal after opposing it for so long

    This is Mayor Quan’s ‘Law and Order’ moment

    Gotta look strong

  2. The lawn is more important than people? The grass trumps our first-amendment rights? Maintenance schedules have to be kept up, but the ability for people to feed themselves doesn’t have to be maintained? Really?

    Every prime-time show on MSNBC had the Oakland arrests on tonight. Mayor Quan says she’s going to try to dialogue with protesters–a bit late for the vet with the skull fracture. And that she knew little about police plans. The police, however, say the plan was in the works for a week. If the mayor didn’t know, she should have.

    Keith Olberman, on the other hand, interviewed the city attorney from Albany, NY, last night. He said his department had told the police they would refuse to prosecute if they arrested protesters. The police agreed and have worked with protesters to make sure everything stayed safe. The city attorney told Olberman that he figured arresting people would just inflame things, and he’d rather not do that. Besides, he said they were exercising their first amendment rights. Really!  

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