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"All politics is local." - Tip O'Neal -Speaker of the House (1979-1986)

[Originally started as a comment but expanded into a diary]

Citizens of the City of Oakland, like any city, have a plethora of local avenues with which they can address their concerns regarding police brutality.

However, I seriously doubt anyone on here complaining about the Oakland Police Department has even bothered to do any of this because its much easier to bitch, complain and clatter way at the keyboard on this site, demonstrating that you weren't paying attention in your high school civics class with completely uninformed or misinformed statements about the role Obama should play in local police matters (which btw is VERY LITTLE and should be VERY LITTLE!).

Also, to the extent that the U.S. Attorney General and his Justice Department may be looking into the Oakland Police Department's actions, statements by President Obama may be inappropriate and may actually interfere with and hinder the department's investigation or inquiry.

Meanwhile, please ask yourselves, have you done any of this? BE HONEST!

Have you called your elected Mayor's office?:

 http://www.oaklandnet.com/....

Have you contacted your elected City Council members:?

www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityCouncil/

Have you demanded action from your elected District Attorney?:

http://www.alcoda.org/

Have you filed a complaint with Oakland Citizen's Police Review Board? (members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council):
 http://www2.oaklandnet.com/....

Have you tried contacting the Police Chief? They will atleast take a complaint:

www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/OPD/o/OfficeofChief/index.htm

How about filing a complaint with the California Attorney General (Public Inquirey Unit)?:
 http://ag.ca.gov/....

How about your local ACLU?:

 http://www.aclunc.org/....

Have you tried contacting your elected state legislators?:

http://www.legislature.ca.gov/

Have you contacted any other local citizen's groups and watch dog organizations?

http://www.peopleunited.org/

Have you contacted local mainstream media and alternative media?

This applies to any city in the United States. Any city will have very avenues at the city, county and state leve for addressing these types of concerns. Like Tip O'Neal said, "all politics is local" and these are the actions that make a difference. These are the things that need to be done at the grassroots level. Immediately calling on the President to micromanage a local issue everytime it arises is pretty lazy and will likely get you nowhere.

11:16 AM PT: This applies to all cities in the U.S.!

Originally posted to mikeymike68 on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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  •  Shorter: Help Me Obama Wan-Kenobi (9+ / 0-)

    you're my only hope."

    Just saying.  Police Brutality isn't a laughing matter, but we all know that Lord Helps those who Help themselves.  Do the due diligence people, document the events, identify the officers, build the case - file it.  Escalate it. One by one. Take 'em down.

  •  idiocy (8+ / 0-)

    Until federal rights are implicated - and they're not right now, no matter how much some people think there's a right to block streets - the feds have no jurisdiction.

  •  OPD threatened with federal takeover (4+ / 0-)
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    NLinStPaul, zenox, gramofsam1, michelewln

    I keep seeing this on Twitter & elsewhere

    http://www.policeone.com/...

    but not much here. That would seem to be what the "Where's Obama" crowd wants, yes? Unless this, too, is all Obama's Fault (tm)

  •  Tipped and rec'd (2+ / 0-)
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    mikeymike68, michelewln

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 12:07:54 PM PST

  •  DIY (4+ / 0-)

    Obama can't be the shining knight to take care of all ils.  It's too easy to say, "Why doesn't someone do something?" while not doing anything yourself.  Agree with the article; get involved folks.  What have you done to make the world better lately?

    Faith Manages. -- J.M. Straczynski

    by Master Alchemi on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 12:18:15 PM PST

  •  Turn it into an action item (1+ / 0-)
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    michelewln

    Right on.

    TnR

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 03:44:22 PM PST

  •  The Oakland Police Department (0+ / 0-)

    ...is being monitored to determine whether it should be taken over by the US DOJ because of numerous civil rights and civil liberties violations over the past decades.  The City of Oakland has had to pay multiple millions of dollars in damages to people whose civil rights or civil liberties have been abused by the OPD.

    It is representative of so-called "zero tolerance policing" gone amok and could set an example to deter other police departments from continuing their current practices.

    Because of this it is proper to ask both President Obama and AG Holder to act to prevent police abuses (an obvious one is arrest of the media covering the event--in this case a Mother Jones reporter -- in order for the police to violate the law and individual's constitutional rights without documentation.

    There is enough livestreaming stored on the internet from yesterday's protest and arrests to document what happened for legal purposes.

    Right now, the Occupy movement is being tried in a biased media when the police and the politicians who give them orders deserve scrutiny.

    In other news, Park Police in DC rousted an Occupy DC from his tent seeking his arrest.  He tried to dodge them and was tased from a distance, arrested for resisting arrest, and taken to be booked.  Only to find out that he was not the person that the Park Police had probable cause to arrest.  He was one of the more active people on one of Occupy DC's working groups.  So was it mistaken identity or harassment of a perceived "leader"?  And investigation and accountability would clear this up.

    The other issue is the idea that President Obama is tolerating the abuse of the Constitutional rights of Occupy protesters across the country because he himself seeks to suppress the movement (inconvenient in a campaign year).  Holding the Oakland Police Department accoutable would dispel some of this suspicion.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 06:58:37 PM PST

    •  like I said earlier (0+ / 0-)

      On your first point about the Oakland PD already being monitored...if there is already an ongoing investigation or inquirey the worst thing Obama could do is screw with the ongoing process...that could undermine the integrity of that process.

      On your last point. Whatever! Wild political speculation on Dailykos (which by the way is completely WRONG) does no one any good. Please try do the hard work of an actual local activist and do the things I've outlined above. You clearly have not.

      •  I was stating some details (0+ / 0-)

        Your first point is a good one.  I agree with your take.  It is still proper to ask for intervention.  And monitoring is the intervention provided by law.

        I was not speculating.  For a lot of people, it is an issue (even if misguided).  To pretend that it is not an issue is to miss a detail.  And it is equally true that holding OPD accountable would dispel suspicion of Obama's motives.

        Your condescension is unwarranted because very many people in Oakland have done all of those civics textbooky things for decades and they have not been addressed.  That is the problem that has caused the City of Oakland to amass so many legal penalties for OPD action.  That is the problem that has brought about monitoring in the first place.

        There is enough video evidence from Occupy Oakland livestreams and journalists videos to argue for federal intervention to stop police abuses.  Hopefully, the monitor will take that into consideration.

        50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

        by TarheelDem on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 11:29:42 AM PST

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  •  Obama -? (0+ / 0-)

    I want to make a quick point:

    Obama does not automatically know everything you have seen or every bit of news.

    There are 310 Million people in the US and 7 Billion in the world.

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