Report: Oakland Police Response to Protest Flawed

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:10:00 -0800

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An independent report says that the Oakland Police's handling of a violent protest involving anti-Wall Street demonstrators was flawed due to inadequate staffing, poor planning and training.
A report by the Frazier Group released Thursday said that the department was ill equipped to handle the Oct. 25 protest just hours after police cleared an Occupy Oakland encampment in front of City Hall. Hundreds were arrested during the day's event that also left an Iraqi war veteran with a fractured skull after being struck by a police beanbag round.
The report also issued 68 recommendations for the department including revising its use of force and mutual aid policies.
Mayor Jean Quan said while the report provides some hard lessons, the city is committed to implementing the reforms. City officials say that they have already completed or in the process of finishing 74 percent of the recommendations made in the report.
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