Oakland Prepares for Occupy Oakland Anniversary Protest
A year ago Thursday, police cleared Occupy Oakland’s encampment in front of Oakland City Hall. The day ended with many arrests and an Iraq War veteran seriously injured. Some protesters are planning to take back Frank Ogawa Plaza for the anniversary.
The plaza has a new lawn and vandal-proof irrigation boxes. And Oakland Mayor Jean Quan wants to keep it looking nice.
"This plaza will continue to probably be the voice of the diversity of Oakland’s attention, but it does belong to the whole city," said Quan.
Oakland Police Sgt. Chris Bolton says the department is preparing for protests by bringing in more officers, including from outside agencies.
"It’s no secret that these are typically outsiders coming to the city, intent on defacing the city," he said. "I think if you ask people that truly believe in the Occupy message, that does not echo their thoughts and opinions."
But protesters say it’s violence at the hands of police officers that they’re commemorating.