Oakland Unveils New Crowd Control Policy In Advance of Planned Occupy Protests

By: Brian Shields - Mon, 23 Apr 2012 22:15:34 -0800

OAKLAND (KRON) -- When scheduled May Occupy Oakland protests happen, Oakland police say they'll be ready with newly trained officers and a new crowd control policy.

Oakland police chief Howard Jordan says his command staff has been looking at ways to improve response and do a better job of protecting people and property when massive protests break out.

"Here are the three changes for us," Chief Jordan told reporters Monday.  "One is better communication within the squads, better coordination between the command officers and the line officers and smaller units that are more agile and movable."

Occupy Oakland demonstrators say they're planning major actions on May 1st in Downtown Oakland.  Previous protests have led to dozens of arrests and many allegations of police misconduct.

"We have 1,038 complaints from Occupy Oakland alone, that's a lot," Chief Jordan added.  "I am not sure that we can have a training plan that will reduce complaints.

Mayor Jean Quan says anyone who takes part in such a demonstration shouldn't be surprised if there are many arrests.

"It is not unconstitutional to have mass arrests if there is mass civil disobedience," the mayor added.

Jordan says his officers will do whatever is necessary to enforce the law and protect the public.

"Breaking the law, trying to create violence against either officers or citizens, then we're going to act accordingly according to our crowd control policy," Jordan said.

The Occupy protesters say they're trying to get the word out about their opposition to bailouts for banks and for corporate influence in public policy.

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