Should have done this weeks ago. Well, actually they did remove them but the feckless mayor caved in and allowed them back.
Whatever the case, this is sure to get ugly.
Oakland police have canceled all training exercises for next week, which is a “pretty good indication” that the cops are making plans once again to clear out the Occupy camp outside City Hall, according to a source in the Police Department.
The next step – if there is one – would be to cancel police leaves and put out the call for mutual aid from surrounding law enforcement agencies.
According to the source, police brass issued the no-training order just about the time Mayor Jean Quan handed out a warning Tuesday to the Occupy camp that “we cannot ignore violence, property destruction and health and safety issues in Frank Ogawa Plaza.”
Plus, Quan said, “neighborhoods are hurting because city services already stretched by budget cuts face additional demands responding to emergencies downtown.”
Quan has been under fire from all sides for her handling of the Occupy encampment. Her activist supporters on the left criticized her decision to have police clear out the camp Oct. 25, while others were stunned by her subsequent decision to let the Occupiers return.
The warning comes as some critics are also calling for Quan’s recall.
As usual, Quan asked Occupy campers to “dialogue” with her office about a “peaceful resolution” to the encampment.