Beginning early this morning, Oakland had returned to normal
following a long day of mostly peaceful protests. Between 7 am and about midnight, as
many as 5,000 demonstrators engaged in a wide variety of protests, strikes, actions and
marches—some permitted and many not—in locations across the City.
By and large, the events unfolded peacefully and the City met its primary goal of
facilitating the various marches and expressions while quickly addressing unlawful
behavior. more »
Today’s strategy focused on swiftly addressing any criminal behavior that would damage property or jeopardize public or officer safety. Officers were able to identify specific individuals in the crowd committing unlawful acts and quickly arrest them so the demonstration could continue peacefully. more »
Starting at about 8:30 pm, OPD issued two dispersal orders to clear
the area at 14th and Broadway, 15th and Broadway/Telegraph, and Frank Ogawa
Plaza. The orders came shortly after OPD had attempted to arrest an individual. A crowd of about 300 people surged forward and began throwing bottles and other objects. more »
Please be advised that a large crowd estimated to be between 3,000 and 5,000 people is marching towards Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Given the size of the crowd, and to reduce potential traffic congestion and transit impacts, it may be advisable to stay away from the area around 14th and Broadway or take alternate routes. more »
Most of the activities so far have centered on the downtown core, with Frank Ogawa Plaza serving as a hub, and the activities have largely been peaceful. The City of Oakland is committed to facilitating peaceful demonstrations, but we will respond swiftly to illegal activities or behavior that endangers public or police officer safety. Please note that the situation is fluid and we will keep you updated throughout the day. more »
May 1st—often celebrated as International Workers’ Day—has been a significant day of marches and demonstrations of various kinds for many years in Oakland and around the world. The City of Oakland is aware of a number of marches, protests and activities planned in Downtown Oakland and throughout the City scheduled for today, May 1st; some of the organizers have secured permits, and others have not. more »
Today the Independent Monitor evaluating the Oakland Police
Department’s compliance with the Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA) released
their ninth quarterly report. The report, which evaluates the department’s progress on
complying with 22 remaining active tasks under the NSA, covers the three-month
period of October 1 to December 31, 2011. Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan was
appointed Interim Chief on October 13, 2011, so this report covers the first quarter of
NSA work under his leadership. more »
To keep the City of Oakland’s vehicular and pedestrian traffic safe, Oakland Public Works will conduct a Pothole Blitz again this year.
This year’s Blitz will take place starting today, April 30, 2012, through June 22nd extending the effort by four weeks longer than last year. Each week, the Blitz will re-locate to another district in the City, starting on Broadway near Manila and Taft Avenues. more »