Quan Booed At City Hall; Apologizes To ‘Occupy Oakland’ For Violence

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Mayor Jean Quan released a written statement Thursday night addressing “Occupy Oakland” demonstrators, after being booed as she tried to speak to protesters.

Quan apologized in her statement for writing the address rather than speaking directly to the crowd as had been expected.  Quan was seen being hustled into City Hall after protesters yelled and booed when she tried speaking to them directly.

The mayor in her statement apologized for the outcome of Tuesday night’s demonstration—where a heavy police presence kept protesters out of the plaza with tear gas, smoke grenades and rubber bullets.

“It was not what anyone hoped for, ultimately it was my responsibility, and I apologize for what happened,” the statement read.

She said city officials have started an investigation into the use of force by police Tuesday night.

Quan thanked the demonstrators for Wednesday night’s peaceful protest and said she would continue to order “a minimal police presence.”

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

The mayor pledged to support the Occupy movement but asked for several things in return: direct communication between Occupy Oakland representatives and city staff; that demonstrators maintain healthy and safe conditions at gatherings and that they provide access to public safety employees in case of emergency.

The final request was that the demonstrators abide by the hours set aside for demonstrations at Frank Ogawa Plaza—between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.—and not camp out overnight.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

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Earlier on Thursday, a few tents were being pitched in the plaza and it appeared that demonstrators were restoring their encampment.

“From what I can tell the encampment is starting to be rebuilt,” Brian Glasscock, 20, said Thursday afternoon.

Glasscock was one of around 100 demonstrators who were arrested during a police raid on the plaza encampment Tuesday morning.

Quan in her statement also mentioned Scott Olsen, the Iraq War veteran injured during Tuesday night’s protest. She said she visited with Olsen and his family Thursday “because I was concerned about his recovery.”

According to a statement by Iraq Veterans Against War, a group Olsen was active in, the 24-year-old suffered a fractured skull when he was hit by a police projectile during the protests.

Prior to Thursday night’s Occupy Oakland general assembly meeting, demonstrators gathered at a vigil for Olsen at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

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People hold photos of Scott Olsen, an Iraq veteran who was seriously injured during a standoff between Occupy Oakland and Oakland police, during a candlelight vigil in front of Oakland City Hall on October 27, 2011 in Oakland. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Several of Olsen’s friends spoke, including one of the people who rushed to help Olsen when he was injured. She was one of many who criticized the officers’ actions and response Tuesday night.

“We were all shouting for medical assistance and instead of giving us that, there was a flash grenade thrown into the crowd,” she said.

Olsen’s friend and fellow veteran Keith Shannon lauded his friend’s selfless character. “Scott Olsen is the perfect example of someone who cares for everyone, even in a situation that doesn’t directly affect himself.”

When the general assembly meeting began a short time later, one speaker suggested that the city lower flags to half-mast “to recognize the violence the city of Oakland did to Scott Olsen and other citizens.”

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  • Matthew

    It looks like it might be time for Ms. Quan to leave office…preferably forthwith..

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  • Beverly Hills

    The Mayor was right to apologize. She made a complete mess of things. Before she used heavy handed tactics, she should’ve talked with other mayors and see how they were faring. Cities m-u-c-h bigger than Oakland didn’t have this problem. Evenutally they will go away. Stop giving Oakland an unfair black eye.

  • bigd1699

    I find it ironic how the police, who are just standing there begin to take bottles, rocks, and pain. Items thrown at them by the so called peaceful protesters. Yet when the police are forced to use smoke and tear gas to move the so called peaceful assemble away for there protection the police are violent. The major had nothing to say sorry about.

  • dbarco

    Someone ought to throw things at the Mayor and the City Council and lets see how long they will stand by. She & Lee of SF are a poor example of leadership.
    Their total lack of understanding of the big picture has brought both cities into
    the limelight in the worst possible way.

  • adam

    Nuke the place…its that simple!

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