Oakland PD’s operational plans for Occupy Oakland releasedFriday, January 13, 2012 at 8:26 am by Emily Odgers
The Oakland Police Department (OPD) was tracking the activities of Occupy Oakland over a month before its October 25 raid of the Occupy encampment, planning the best way to infiltrate the site despite a lack of criminal activity there. The operational and intelligence plans of the OPD detail the strategy for the Occupy Oakland raid on October 25, which injured many and changed the relationship between law enforcement and Occupy sites throughout the nation.
Three reports were released, two from early November and one from October 25. The report from the October 25 plan detailed the operation to remove the Occupiers from their site at Frank Ogawa Plaza.
The OPD reported the events that took place at the site often had no permits, hence the legal opportunity for the disbandment, but also stated that, “there is no information at this time concerning violence or vandalism occurring during this march/rally.”
This clash between Occupy protestors and police highlighted a need to stand in support of the protection of First Amendment rights. In the past ten years, there has been a decay of constitutional freedoms in America and the only way to get them back is through cooperative grassroots movements.
This is not just an issue for Occupiers or other activists; the First Amendment applies to everyone and it is necessary that the rights described within it are preserved for all, if they are to be preserved for any.