The City of Oakland is asking the public to come forward with
video or any other type of evidence they may have in their possession that shows
vandalism or other destruction of property on the morning of November 3. Police
continue to compile charges against those arrested for illegal acts, and the City is
preparing to take appropriate legal action.
The City of Oakland will suspend administrative and other City
services for a business closure day on Thursday, November 10, 2011, due to
budget cutbacks. City of Oakland administrative offices will also be closed on Friday, November 11, in observance of Veterans’ Day. While the City’s administrative employees are out of the office, if a situation arises that requires more staffing, the City has a plan in place to call in additional resources. Police, fire and emergency services are not affected during the
holidays or business closures.
Oakland, CA — The Oakland Police Department would like to make the public
aware of a report of a sexual assault. A 16 year old female reported that on
November 4, 2011 at 10:30 PM, she was walking in the 900 block of 59th Street
when she was approached by a stranger and physically forced into his vehicle.
Yesterday, the City of Oakland facilitated a long day of primarily peaceful protests with some isolated incidents of violence and vandalism. A series of demonstrations, sit-ins, teach-ins, and marches throughout the City started at 9 am and continued until well past midnight. The crowd swelled to nearly 7,000 people that shut down operations at the Port of Oakland. Around midnight, a select group of people intent on engaging in illegal activity-- including vandalizing property, lighting fires, and assaulting the police--splintered into smaller groups and spread throughout the area in and around Frank Ogawa Plaza.
After a long day of primarily peaceful demonstrations with nearly 7,000 people and a few incidents of vandalism, Oakland Police responded to a late night call that protesters had broken into and occupied a downtown building and set several simultaneous fires. The protesters began hurling rocks, explosives, bottles, and flaming objects at responding officers. Several private and municipal buildings sustained heavy vandalism. Dozens of protesters wielding shields were surrounded and arrested.
At 9:30 pm this evening at the Emergency Operations Center, Mayor Jean Quan, City Administrator Deanna Santana, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, and Port of Oakland Executive Director Omar Benjamin conducted a media briefing to provide updates on the demonstrations in Oakland associated with Occupy Oakland and the General Strike.
“It appears that literally thousands of people have demonstrated primarily peacefully today in Oakland,” said Mayor Quan.