“We are Confused” | Oakland Police Officer’s Association Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland

This is NOT an Onion piece. It is actually coming out of Oakland Police Officer’s Association…


An Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland from the Oakland Police Officer’s Association

1 November 2011 – Oakland, Ca.

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.

SOURCE: Oakland Police Officer’s Association



23 Responses to ““We are Confused” | Oakland Police Officer’s Association Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland”
  1. For certain reasons…I just feel this letter is …well…not very professional….Maybe the police were confused….cause it appears they are not qualified to even be police. The video shows that they were not trained in the proper manner to even have a gun on their hip….throwing anything…especially canister of tear gas right into the crowd….or shooting them into the crowd….it was deliberate actions….this was not a riot…confusion has nothing to do with the actions they used…the video speaks for everything they did wrong….let’s not try to find excuses….Put the blame on the mayor who needs to get out of office…but take the blame for injuring a man who had done nothing wrong…that is the main issue the police must face….and throwing / shooting more tear gas when others went to help him….is disgusting.

  2. David Robert says:

    Keep attacking Marine Vets and the answer you seek will come from Semper Fi, not the Mayors office.

    You fukked up boys, you cant undue what you did, it’s on video. That Marine you attacked served (2) tours in Iraq.

    You are going to get you asses kicked if you you keep attacking peaceful protesters, ESPECIALLY MARINE VETS.

    May the heavens rain down upon you.

  3. :ChrisYAHanWatcher4YAH: says:

    As aFOTMER multi jurisdictional Law Enforcement Officer/Public Servant; I can explicitly UNDER STAND your CONfusion: as the TRUTH in the Law intentionally: Demonically Crafted, to Create CHAOS by Destructing the LAW and Re-Placing IT with: mere Fictions of Law, inculcated by intermingalings of Criminal and purported Civil Law in the Just US system of: Cainaanite Law merchants Legal Schemes, of CONverting the “Military Tri Baal Merchant’s Law of the SEA’ and Vessilar safe passage Contracts, of necessity conTrived under Acts of WARS, to a convienient Pretense, to Device a premise to Bring the Law of the SEA to the Land to create Legal Slavery and Racketeering for Extortionate purposes, and Abusicve to Rights legal Corruptions to Kidnapping, Hostage Taking and Extotionate bailments, for the express Pupose, of :Collecting on the Bankruptcy of Corp US, being transfiguered, or Morphed, by Scheme ofLaw merchant CONtrived, self serving: tacit operations of Legal fictions POSED as Law to the PEOPLE, and intentionally; deceptively Programmed, un-EDucated in True Law, Police Officers, unknowingly: “Just Following Un-Lawful ORDERS’ at Their OWN Lawful, Tortable Peril!

    Some may do Well to NOTE: Ignorance Is Presumed: NO Defense, in Law!

    Observe Rotella v. Wood supra and U.S.C. Title 18-1941, 1942

  4. angry&NOT TAKING IT! says:

    my email to this shit
    what is confusing is you define protecting the “oakland people” by clubbing, shooting , gassing ,arresting them!
    please try these activities with your families and ask them ” if they would like you to protect them again”
    and your right or close to it “just not quite yet” you will be part of the 99% hopefully you will get to experience the above mentioned “protection” .
    gd luck surviving being “protected”. NOT.

    ps .. leadership is not a necessity to determine “RIGHT & WRONG” . …As police officers, you ARE confused.

    1 November 2011 – Oakland, Ca.

    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.
    bla bla bla….

  5. rictic says:

    You’re a bunch of Jack-booted thugs doing the bidding of your Masters who are stealing your pensions behind your backs.
    You’re attacking the people who pay your wages (remember WE THE PEOPLE, the taxpayers).
    You’re aiding and abetting fraud and theft.
    You’re attacking our Military (that is not very smart).

    and You’re the ones confused … Don’t make me f ‘ ing laugh….

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Open Letter to the President of the United States and Commander in Chief in Respect to SCOTT OLSEN:

    Dear Mr. President

    My name is Elizabeth Thomas and like you I am African American I write this letter in respect of Scott Olsen because I don’t understand how or why you can be so slient when one of your soldiers can been taken down you have not said a word!

    I am 55 years years old in the past I when elections were done mantually I worked at many of them but have never voted in my life until I voted for you because I thought you were really going to represent the people as in WE THE PEOPLE the 99% of us.

    You can stop any day you want so can Congress because we both know that only Congress has the power to enact laws you can’t take a idea or a method of a invention and file claims with the United States Patent and Trademark Commission wait for them to be publish them inforce them thats not how laws are “created” and this process is in direct opposition to the Federal Debt Collection Practices these debt collectors (lawyers) have built themsleves a state-wide ENTERPRISE in which they collect debt (property) with documents they create themselves and the method they have created themselves.

    You actaully going to sit back and allow the service mean that give there lives to protect you and this Country to be attacked with violence because of this fraud, you not going to stand up as a commander and chief and say nothing we are in other countries I come from a miltary family so mean that if my brother or my nephew die in your service it means nothing to you because of the biggest fraud in history.

    This was a plan from 2002 they have been invention curative method for title records based on a inventor idea for correcitve methods well we both know with arts and science them methods and claims must be new no prior art can exist so if they have to create documents to demonstrate property interest that means they never existed ENOUGH is EHOUGH I know by morning I will not have a lawyer because I was not to speak about these things but at the same I can’t seem to dry my eyes from tears or stop my heart from worry about whether Scott will be alright do you think about him Mr. Commander and Chief have you sent someone to vist him ?

    If any of the 99% had made their own laws and enforce them we would have been locked up for treason why not them Mr. President the whole world is watching everybody is going know the dfocuments come from a publish invention wow one for the United States and one International what the F$$k I guess its time to take me out now what next MR. President this matter is pending before a Federal District Judge with a Court in December 2011 and whether I live or die there will millions to stand in my place and will ask the 99% to stand with because its a lawsuit for homeowners.

    Can you Please make a call to the hospital Mr. President and see if Scott is ok and then get the News and let know how he is doing I don’t think its too much ask since after he was willing to give his life in service for you not once but twice.


    • CaitlinO. says:

      I’m sure your heart is in the right place and I commend you for voting for the first time at the age of 52, but DAMN! Do you have a friend or a pastor or a relative who can help you clean this letter up before you send it out? I’d offer but, in several of those paragraphs I’m not sure I even understand what you’re trying to say.

  7. Elizabeth says:


  8. see says:

    What they are confused???? Well now I am confused. Sure they were told to police the area. We all get that. But what is so confusng is why you would shoot a tear gas canister at someones head, when the canisters are suppose to be shot up into the air not into the crowd. And when you see an injured person, you go and assist that person not send a flash bomb at a group of people who had the COURAGE to help someone injured. Now that is confusing. But not “we were told to clear the protestors out on Tuesday and then on Wednesday they were let back in.” You idiots they were let back in because of the COWARDLY behavior of the cops, and not to mention the mayor is doing damage control for her career.

  9. Mario Kenny says:

    Well I did email the Mayor, I informed her that we reached consensus and that it is decided that from here on she is fired, and that she should get ready for litigation and jail and that we will put a lis pendens on her house and seize her home with legal force, but bitch did not respond and she did not leave the job, I also told her to take the Police with her and that we were going to take their homes as well. I guess they think we are just bluffing.

  10. Fury says:

    that letter by the cops was pathetic!

  11. Fury says:

    oakland police, it is simple.
    here’s how you stop the “confusion.”

    stop beating up protesters. period.

  12. Beth A. says:

    If they can coordinate an effort such as this for public consumption then surely they could launch the same towards the mayor, etc. Give me a break.

    Lay down your arms – take a sick day and join the Occupy movement. Prove yourself to the citizens.

  13. indio007 says:

    This is a huge step forward. The police have the inside scoop on the cogs that make up the machine. Now they are outing them. Finally from courage from them.

    • Fury says:

      not in my book.

      they are blaming the mayor. stand up against her orders! be men and strong women for God’s sake!

      each person has a duty and personal responsibility.

      don’t beat down people. what is so hard about understanding that?

      the oakland police are trying to cover their asses after the bloody attack on scott olson.

      they would not be issuing a public response had the bloody beat down not have been captured on video.

      • Fury says:

        typo: courage.

        the oakland cops are not courageous. they are cowards.

      • Fury…We say it like it is…plain out cowards….not even qualified to have a gun…their actions in that video were disgusting……that letter proves nothing….they are looking for excuses….and yes..to cover their a$$es….but the video tells it all….this was not a riot…..to blame confusion has nothing to do with their actions. of shooting canisters right into a crowd….to the police association….we will not forgive or forget the quality of the Oakland police….

  14. xxxx says:

    OK so stupidity cause Scott Olsen to be in the hospital with a swelled brain cause the”MAYOR” is pitting all against each other well let me think a moment here…isn’t this the politics as usual bu$ine$$ a the stake and harm of HUMANS ….unlike politicians as they do not seem to be human. they are more like beast..then Kill the BEAST!!
    Join the occupy movement Mr/Ms blue and white shirts then we will see some ACTION in a positive way, I have to really wonder about this letter and again what about Scott Olsen and family???????????

  15. Mario Kenny says:

    Can we beat you up first before you join us, the other 99%?

  16. Holy Cow. This is pretty amazing. There is only ONE CLEAR ACTION OAKLAND PD should take:
    They need to get their butts down town and OCCUPY NOW! THEN they will see what solidarity feels like. This is amazing. Somebody needs to schedule a public stoning of that mayor. A DISGRACE that her POLICE ARE AGAINST HER like this. WOW. Please share this TELLING letter.

  17. housemanrob says:

    ……….at least it’s a whimper…..

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