Oakland Mayor’s Top Legal Adviser Resigns Over Raid

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm

That whole “rule of law” thing?  Totally overrated.

Mayor Jean Quan’s chief legal adviser resigned early this morning after what he called a “tragically unnecessary” police raid of the Occupy Oakland camp.

Dan Siegel, a civil rights attorney and one of Oakland’s most active and vocal police critics, said the city should have done more to work with campers before sending in police.

“The city sent police to evict this camp, arrest people and potentially hurt them,” Siegel said. “Obviously, we’re not on the same page. It’s an amazing show of force to move tents from a public place.”

Siegel strongly and vocally opposed any plan by the city to take down the month-old camp in the days leading up the police raid.

Michael Bloomberg is always a front-runner, but I think it’s safe to say Jean Quan is America’s worst mayor.

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