A real vote of confidence from the rank and file.
The Oakland Police Officers Association released a statement today thanking the protesters for peacefully leaving the tent city. The statement also praises Interim Chief Howard Jordan and City Administrator Deanna Santana for their leadership during the raid. But there’s no mention of Mayor Jean Quan. The union has criticized her in recent days for her changing position on the Occupy Oakland camp.
The statement reads “On behalf of the 645 Oakland police officers we represent, Oakland Police Officers’ Association would like to thank our Police Chief Howard Jordan and City Administrator Deanna Santana for their leadership in the peaceful removal of the occupier encampment. We are also appreciative of the mutual aid provided by law enforcement agencies from throughout the Bay Area.”
To the protesters, the statement adds:
“Thank you for your peaceful exit from Frank Ogawa Plaza — it was greatly appreciated by all,” said Sgt. Dom Arotzarena. “We respect your right to peaceful protest, and urge your continued willingness to abide by the law.”