"We are Confused" | Oakland Police Officer's Association Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland

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This is NOT an Onion piece. The letter below is actually coming out of Oakland Police Officer’s Association…


An Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland from the Oakland Police Officer’s Association

1 November 2011 – Oakland, Ca.

We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland. We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment and the ability to provide a living for our children and families. We are severely understaffed with many City beats remaining unprotected by police during the day and evening hours.

As your police officers, we are confused.

On Tuesday, October 25th, we were ordered by Mayor Quan to clear out the encampments at Frank Ogawa Plaza and to keep protesters out of the Plaza. We performed the job that the Mayor’s Administration asked us to do, being fully aware that past protests in Oakland have resulted in rioting, violence and destruction of property.

Then, on Wednesday, October 26th, the Mayor allowed protesters back in – to camp out at the very place they were evacuated from the day before.

To add to the confusion, the Administration issued a memo on Friday, October 28th to all City workers in support of the “Stop Work” strike scheduled for Wednesday, giving all employees, except for police officers, permission to take the day off.

That’s hundreds of City workers encouraged to take off work to participate in the protest against “the establishment.”

But aren’t the Mayor and her Administration part of the establishment they are paying City employees to protest? Is it the City’s intention to have City employees on both sides of a skirmish line?

It is all very confusing to us.

Meanwhile, a message has been sent to all police officers: Everyone, including those who have the day off, must show up for work on Wednesday. This is also being paid for by Oakland taxpayers. Last week’s events alone cost Oakland taxpayers over $1 million.

The Mayor and her Administration are beefing up police presence for Wednesday’s work strike they are encouraging and even “staffing,” spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for additional police presence – at a time when the Mayor is also asking Oakland residents to vote on an $80 parcel tax to bail out the City’s failing finances.

All of these mixed messages are confusing.

We love Oakland and just want to do our jobs to protect Oakland residents. We respectfully ask the citizens of Oakland to join us in demanding that our City officials, including Mayor Quan, make sound decisions and take responsibility for these decisions. Oakland is struggling – we need real leaders NOW who will step up and lead – not send mixed messages. Thank you for listening.

SOURCE: Oakland Police Officer’s Association



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Bloodstock's picture

Dear OPD, 99.9% of you are of the 99% that you are disrespecting. When the 1% no longer needs you (and that day is coming), you too will be abandoned. You will have to live among the rest of us. Your pensions have already been stolen by them yet you continue to lick their boots. You should hope and pray that no one remembers who you are or at least that they hold no grudge. Good luck won't be enough.


blunderdog's picture

Cops generally do well during societal collapse.  They're armed, experienced with crime, and know how to work in small raiding teams.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Well Oakland Police Association,

<begin rant>

Let me make it crystal fucking clear to you.  The people and vets are absolutely livid because your actions were not the actions of law abiding civilian law enforcement.  Your people acted like ruthless fucking mercenaries playing Rainbow 6 on civilians with less-than-lethal rounds at a standoff distance that you know damn fucking well is easily deadly.  Your tactics were dangerous, and completely against any recommended use of those non-lethals you were deploying.  If CS gas was absolutely necessary, you had no business delivering it in 40mm launchers, it should have been under-hand thrown, and kicked down the line... then flash bangs!  What the fuck!! seriously?!  It was completely clear on the video your last priority was public safety.  There were no paramedics standing by to take away anyone injured, and I didn't see any one of your cops so much have a twitch of compassion when several non-combatants were injured on the ground.  None of you are fucking spec-ops operators, and I guarantee anyone in the military who is/was and heard you trying to portray yourself as super soldier wouldn't do you the favor of pissing on you if you were on fire. 

You know what, fuck all of you motherfuckers that took place in that operation.  The only problem is that this mayor doesn't have any metaphorical balls.  Because if I were mayor, I'd cut the real fucking balls off of every officer that fired a shot on that line, fire them, prosecute them and make them say a public apology on TV to the citizens of Oakland, starting with the chief of police.

Fuck you all, you totalitarian, militarized duchebags!  You give good cops a bad name and put the public in danger.  Protecting the citizens... bullshit.

</end rant>

Glad I don't live in Oakland.

Burticus's picture

Dear Oakland and Other Police Everywhere:

Understand that throughout history rich people (the .001%) have paid poor people to oppress, rob and murder other poor people.  As Frederick Bastiat wrote over 200 years ago, the law is designed to protect The People from force, fraud and injury by others, but the rich & powerful always ultimately pervert the law to protect their wealth & power and oppress the masses.  Here and now, regular citizens are aggressively prosecuted daily for a myriad of minor infractions, while banksters responsible for trillions in bond fraud are given a free pass.  Wonder why there is no respect for law enforcement?

Our founding fathers knew this would happen and wrote the second amendment so that an armed population has the ability to effectively resist domestic tyranny.  Our right to keep and bear arms has nothing to do with hunting, deterring crime or even repelling foreign invasion.  It's all about domestic tyranny.

Bottom line - You must decide whether to follow the orders of our ruling elite, or protect The People from them.  Don't worry, the sadistic sociopaths on the force will murder your own families, so you don't suffer the anguish of doing it yourself.

I am an honest, law-abiding 54 year old professional man with NO criminal record.  My family members, friends, colleagues and I are all heavily armed, with plenty of ammunition.  I don't care if the criminal shooting at me or my kids is wearing a badge.  I WILL shoot back.  Your kevlar body armor will not stop a head shot or a high-powered rifle round travelling at 3,000 FPS, especially with steel core ammo.  YOU will decide which way I shoot.  It will not be my decision.  YOU will need to pick sides.  Though I would rather be with you, at your side, even following your orders, helping protect society against the neighborhood warlords that emerge after the currency and banking system collapses, but it will not be my choice.

By the way, you also must understand that your pensions are being robbed by the same central bankers and Wall Street fraud kings that puppeteer the parasite class (politicians) and rob the people.  You are victims too.  Accept that you are us, part of the 99.999%.

Visit the Oath Keepers web site.  We are everywhere and you don't know who among us is armed.  You are wearing uniforms and driving marked cruisers.  We are not.  We know who you are, where you work, live, shop etc.  You are easy targets and heavily out-numbered and out-gunned.  There will be no place to hide.  Choose and face the consequences of your decision.

moondog's picture

Bizzaro Alert!! Black Sabbath's Paranoid was just played on CNBC. Someone there has good taste in music. Too bad the talking heads there are all soulless douchebags...

Smiddywesson's picture

Confused?  Let me help you:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There's nothing in there conditioning THE VERY FIRST AND THEREFORE MOST IMPORTANT AMENDMENT upon your agreement with how city finances are handled.  Isn't understanding the Constitution at the very core of one's duties as a law enforcement officer?

Gully Foyle's picture

Report to the Commissioner is a 1974 crime drama film starring Michael Moriarty and based on a 1972 book by James Mills. The story involves a rookie cop in the New York City Police Department who is assigned a special missing person case but in fact is meant to be a wild-goose chase to back up an undercover female police officer, who is involved in a deadly accidentally shooting.

Smiddywesson's picture

No city, no matter how disfunctional, can spend its way out of the requirement to follow the U.S. Constitution (the supreme law of the land).  So I don't want to hear "We can't afford it," especially from a law enforcement officer.

chunga's picture

OCCUPY OAKLAND - A Message To The Police

"You have no power. Your uniform has the power. Take your uniform off. Where is the power?"

"You are being employed to animate that uniform which is an extension of the state and that's all you are. Therefore you are expendable."

"While you give your soul away, while you give your mind away, while you give your morals and decency away, advancing this fascist dictatorship you will be ok with the facsists you are serving."

"But your children and your grandchildren have to live in the world you are creating. One day you are going to have to understand that, and I don't envy you the moment when it dawns on you, because it's going to be horrific, the world you've actually created."

"The people in uniform, the dark suits that administer the system, while not being the originators of it, they have to start breaking ranks. Ok? Get some backbone, open your mind, look at what's going on."

"Get some frickin' backbone before you administer, impose, and enforce a world that will be grotesque for your children and grandchildren, in fact not even that, for yourself."

uniman's picture

Letter to Barry Donelan, VP of OPOA http://www.opoa.org/barry-donelan-blog/

Dear Mr. Donelan,

My name is V and I'm writing to respond to your open letter to the people of Oakland.  Perhaps I can help clarify some things.

Most of the protesters themselves do not know it yet, but the fundamental problem we are all facing comes from Big Government that is totally out of touch with we the people and completely out of our control.  From the City, to the State, to the Federal level, and now even the UN, we the people endure on a daily basis the larceny, fraud, and harassment that spews forth from all of them.  Our freedom to live our lives is being systematically extinguished in the name of 100 spurious causes and what little wealth we have remaining is rapidly being stolen via taxes, inflation, and the banking fraud that we've be watching these last few years.

During the boom times, most people were able to hold their noses, avert their gazes, and tolerate all that. Anything for money, right?  But now that the bubble has popped and the party has ended, the old evils are no longer tolerable and are soon coming to an end.  The economic "crisis" is not going to get better and it's in fact going to get much, much worse.  There are going to be big changes in this country that involve getting the governments off of our backs, back into their cages, and restoring our freedom.  The time has come for we the people to reconsider on a massive scale the "social compact" we have with our public "servants."  The recent protests in Oakland are just the first puff of wind of a much larger storm blowing in.

As police officers you all are going to have to walk a very delicate line to get through this.  You all are going to have to choose whether to be blind and unthinking enforcers of a dying regime or to make the extra effort to allow political expression to flourish.  When the Mayor orders that the park be cleared, it is up to you all how vigorously and enthusiastically you follow those orders. Repression is one of the pieces of evidence we have that America is no longer free and is therefore in need of the political action that will cure the repression.  If you all can instead actually stand by and let the protesters get it out of their system, then perhaps America is really freer than we think it is.  I challenge you all to prove us wrong.

The single most important element of advice regarding how to deal with this that I have is for you all to think carefully about the "protect and serve" style platitudes that you all are so quick to use.  Many people question your sincerity in these matters.  Sincerity is not merely fake politeness ("please step out of the car, sir") it must come from the heart.  The police generally are too quick to "enforce" the law and they do so with too much enthusiasm for us to believe that in their hearts our protection is their sincere goal.  I'm not here to heap abuse on you all, I'm merely speaking frankly as I see it.  You all spend too much time standing on every street corner glowering at us as we drive by and are too vigilant in your efforts to ticket us for whatever infraction you find.  You all know what you're doing.  Sincerity shows.

If you're truly acting to protect we the people then I ask that you think especially hard about how you will respond to expanding protests.  There comes a time when higher-law applies.  Higher law is what authorizes we the people to alter and abolish "our" government and to institute new forms as we see fit.  Enforcement of the myriad of existing rules should be sufficient to clear the streets and stifle our voices.  But doing so would make you all part of the problem and certainly not our protectors.

Political expression deserves the utmost in protection.  Crowds of people on the streets and in the parks should be tolerated.  Their tents, their food, their propane stoves, etc. should all be tolerated in the spirit of the higher-law.  You don't want them peeing in public?  Then don't confiscate their portapotty.  I don't want to hear about "health and safety" baloney.  Don't tell me the park closes at midnight.  No need to water the park this week, now that it's full of protesters.  All of that and more are examples of out-of-control-government that I complained about earlier.  If you want to bust people for fighting, looting, damaging property or other _real_ crime, go right ahead.  That feels like "protection" to me and I can tolerate that.  If some people throw rocks or whatever, I bet you all can figure out how to survive and de-escalate the situation.  But if you bring in the Homeland Security Urban Combat Battalion first, beware of what you start.  Listen to what we are saying and maybe you can be part of the solution as well.



P.S.  Shooting a former Marine in the head is not cool.  As a token of sincerity I ask that you clean your own house first, find out who did that and bring him to justice.  And remember, nobody believes you cannot determine who did this, even if true.

Sathington Willougby's picture

Sal Alinsky model at work here causing consternation.  

The OWS is a bigger bunch of tools than the cops.  They are tooled by the communist party who is tooled by Soros and the elites.  

Now bleat after me, four legs good, two legs bad.


YHC-FTSE's picture

"As your police officers, we are confused"


Translation: "As their paramilitary force, we are dumb fucks". 


"We love Oakland and just want to do our jobs to protect Oakland residents. We respectfully ask the citizens of Oakland to join us in demanding that our City officials, including Mayor Quan, make sound decisions and take responsibility for these decisions."


Translation: "We love cracking skulls, shooting, and tazering Oakland residents. We respectfully ask the citizens of Oakland to shut the fuck up, demand the city officials, including that flaky bitch, to come onboard with the violent confrontations which we do best." 

Your heroes, The Oakland Police Dept.

Torus's picture

"We are clueless" An open letter...

Hephasteus's picture

Yes you need true leadership. Let me guess. You haven't yet noticed that nearly every politician is a lying fucking dirtball. And you work for them. What does that make you.

I'll just sit here while you think this through.

GeoffreyT's picture

+1000... any man who is prepared to do violence simply because some parasitic fuckbag politician tells him to, is a subhuman.

I say this as a semi-reformed subhuman... I joined the military at 17 because I was a fucking idiot - a stupid hunk of meat: and I say 'semi-reformed' because you can't ever shake off the change that happens when you get taught to kill on command, especially if that happens when you're a stupid kid.


However I would caution you against holding your breath while anyone in the pig hierarchy "thinks this through". There comes a time in a thug's career when they internalise everything and give themselves over to their inner sociopath: that's why the faggy online Pig Facebook grups have slogans like "Oderint cum Metuant" (imagine what a cunt you have to be to think that Caligula is a good role model)... in other words, pig "lifers" are irredeemable.


A more fitting slogan for these scumbags over the next ten years or so: Vae Victis.

The Eastern bloc is full of former State thugs who shit themselves at every creak - long since retired, they know that every dawn brings another day when one of  their victims might see them in the street.

Hephasteus's picture

The average human being is only impressionable to an extreme degree up to the age of 29. They are most impressionable from 14 to 18. So our world puts the pigs on them at 14 with games and 18 with recruitment.

jomama's picture

they can start by not assaulting their fellow citizens for the cause of their oligarch slavelords.

steveo's picture

I am quite glad that most people here got the point.

If a cop or a cop force cannot KNOW what is right from wrong, legal protest or not, they should be either fired or prosecuted.    Taking orders from an administrator is despicable excuse.   AZZhats!

swamp's picture


THE Bullshit letter is AFTER THE FACT. Scott was already injured by the time the Mayor "allowed" the protestors, as though she has the authority to capriciously suspend the Constitution.

So how does this explain the violence perpetrated by the police?


swamp's picture


(510) 777-3333 - Oakland PD non emergency.

I called and reported the crime of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury perpetrated by Oakland police or law enforcement under their perview, perpetrated on victim SCOTT OLSEN. I demanded a return call by Internal Affairs. I reported I am a witness via video.



dolph9's picture

What is there to be confused about?

Jews steal money from working people, keep most for themselves and send scraps to blacks.  The oligarchs divide and conquer the peasants with illegal immigrants from Mexico.  The Fed prints digital money and hands it to the banks.

And the only males smart enough to figure this out and change things are spending half their time playing Call of Duty and half their time surfing for porn.

The result is America as it is today.

darrenstory's picture

Well fucking spoken dude! Ha... class dismissed pigs.

merchantratereview's picture

And remember feminizing the workplace with passive females willing to work harder for less.

AldousHuxley's picture

workplace didn't feminize...females masculinized....no they are not passive. corporate lawyer types abound.


until they hit late 30s with no husband and biological urge for raising a child kicks in with regret. Then they spend money on useless consumer goods like $5000 purses to make themselves feel better.


All so that a traditional family wishing to have women stay at home and raise children properly are penalized by forcing competition for homes at twice the cost than before.


also female workers pay into social security ponzi scam.

Today you got illegal mexicans thrown in there too.


in the future you will have social security recipients working at age 80 and paying social security again.

Maybe, US will finally invade Iran and have them work menial jobs for US companies AND pay social security taxes.

Bloodstock's picture

Sorry but I think the letter is bullshit seeking forgiveness for one of "their own." If the Police Officers Association is confused about what is right or wrong then they have absolutely no business being police officers. The chicken shit criminal act of assaulting Scott Olsen needs to be investigated NOW and the punk ass responsible needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law NOW. How's that for assisting your confusion? Serve and protect We The People or get the fuck out! 

AldousHuxley's picture

why don't they go beat up bank executives then write them an "open" letter to say oops.



that's right. bankers are in power, police abused the powerless, young americans are victim of socialism.

swamp's picture


WHO SHOT SCOTT OLSEN? Produce him. Produce the cop who threw the cannister a few feet from his head while he was lying injured. 

Why are you aiding and abeiting a serious crime on We The People, by your department?

riley martini's picture

Looks like someone woke the  Mayor up , now if the police would wake up from the fascist propaganda the confusion would clear.

honestann's picture

Dear clueless Oakland police department fools.

Just ignore the protests until and unless violence or property damage occurs.  If and when it does, respond with 2, 4 or 6 officers as you normally would to a report of similar scale violence or property damage.

As it is, YOU cause most of the violence and property damage.  So just STOP that, and stop wasting money.  Also stop acting like jack-booted thugs in nazi germany.  People have an absolute right to assemble and protest.

If you "follow orders" to violate these rights then you act exactly like those nazi jack-booted thugs, and you deserve to be wiped off the face of the earth.  If you persist acting like jack-booted thugs who violate the fundamental laws, then you are treasonist thugs and nothing more.

You must steadfastly REFUSE to obey your so-called superiors.  You should join the protests against the criminal banksters and predators-that-be.  Otherwise, you are predators, and worthy of being punished for treason and crimes against humanity.  And that's the bottom line.

If an employee follows instructions from his boss to harm or destroy others and/or their property, you do NOT consider that "order" to forgive the behavior.  You will arrest the perp, lock them up, and testify against them.  Well guess what, all you clueless "confused" liars.  The same standard applies to you... ALL of you.  It matters not what your boss orders, what the FBI orders, what Obama or anyone else orders... IF... that order is to violate the rights of anyone.  YOU are the perp, and YOU deserve to be wiped off the face of the earth, because the criminal justice system protects you and therefore "the people" have been left with no other possible recourse except self-defense.

swamp's picture

We're confused so we shoot, aimed right at you - the protestor, exercising your Constitutional right, the right we swore to defend. 

Outlaw Of The Wasteland's picture

wonder what they ll do when 1000 cells of 3 men like this show up in every city in the country providing cover for attacks on the traitors in the schools, courts, media, fedgov and their families.


blindman's picture
Monday, October 31, 2011 CIA WhistleBlower spills the beans CIA WhistleBlower spills the beans : Another spoke in the HUGE rabbit wheel of 9/11. Its much more than a rabbit hole... . Its a ride in a rollercoaster tunnel to the center of? the earth. .. Going as planned it seems- judging from lack of indictments and investigations. And not one mainstream media report! What does that tell ya about how deep this rabbit hole really goes , with all the "mysterios Deaths surrounding 911, I am very surprised this Girls alive, that is almost the best reason to? be skeptical, I speak candidly but "on the cuff" a lil' too..... I gotta watch some of this again, didnt she say they followed the suspected thermite installers Vans Home & that they knew who they were & where they lived ? how bout interview thse guys or did I hear her wrong
The Proletariat's picture

"The illusion of freedom [in America ] will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."
~Frank Zappa

connda's picture

Dear Oakland Police Officer’s Association:

Break out the Webster Dictionary and look up the word: Corpocracy.  Then wake up and join the strike!  Try being part of the solution instead of being the problem.


The General Public

Basia's picture

Things are all going according to the PLAN.   We are all supposed to hate each other and annihilate each other.  Only the select few will survive for the NEW WORLD ORDER.

Basia's picture

Things are all going according to the PLAN.   We are all supposed to hate each other and annihilate each other.  Only the select few will survive for the NEW WORLD ORDER.

Zedge Hero's picture

I gave you an arrow up for one and one down for the other to prove your point and also the fact that I think your right and I hate it!

bamf1411's picture

They just can't tell a bankster from a gangster and maybe with Corzine in jail they really will have problems figuring out who's who in the zoo by the time the senate and congress pull their heads out of the nooses that we should be preparing for them

saiybat's picture

Nothing good will come of violence and I'd never kill anyone over ideology or follow any order. Anybody that wants revolution doesn't know how demagoguery works and doesn't realize what they're asking for. When people start doing stupid shit I'm getting the fuck out of society. Anybody that has a problem with this then you're a ninny and a control freak and that's exactly why I don't want to be a part of your revolution.

merchantratereview's picture

Confused? the answer is POLICE, YOU are part of the 99%!

Fozzy Slippers's picture

Well there are only about 1 million total LEOs in the country. I wouldn't want to be in their ranks. My advice is to take early retirment. GTFO while you have the chance.

Zero Govt's picture

You can see the Polices confusion. They're called to protect the State from the people which as they say, is away from their duty to protect the people against criminals. 

Only my confusion is like State Police forces in every country I've ever visited they're absolute shite at catching real criminals and spend their entire time bullying and fleecing (with petty fines) Joe Public and tourists. As one US Marine said of his local Police force they are "thieves with badges"

... actually they are the new Dick Turpins and highway robbers of the road and more a threat to my money and liberty than all the criminals put together

So the people are either being robbed by the Police for the State or thugs for the State against the people

The people can't win ...bin the Police, take crime off our streets


Outlaw Of The Wasteland's picture

Thomas Chittum is right on schedule.


The next act in the play is the police and military fracturing on racial lines.

p.s. how the fuck is there a female mayor "quan"in this country?  Does anyone think this is a recipe for any kind of success?  I see it as provocation.

oh, wait.  I see:  Quan has come under fire due a relationship with "unpaid legal adviser" Dan Siegel after Siegel represented the "mayor's office on various legal matters, from public records act requests to a private meeting with a judge overseeing a consent decree with the police department", according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Oakland City Council issued a demand Siegel not represent the city as an attorney in any capacity, which by law falls under the jurisdiction of the City Attorney's office.[26] Siegel had been considered a controversial figure at City Hall due to his supposed vocal criticism of Oakland Police, and his presence was reported to have exacerbated a feud between Quan and City Attorney John Russo.[26] In June 2011, Russo left his post as Oakland City Attorney for the same position in Alameda.[27]

And there is the jew.

I hope mexifornia is burnt to the ground as either a wake up call, or the beginning of the inevitable race war the communist jews have been fomenting and provoking for 100 years.

Plans are in place to see that they and their jewlings are hit very hard in retaliation.


booboo's picture

bahhh, cops take the Oath to the Constitution so they can get that shiny badge and a license to kill. They really didn't mean it.

So when they say they are confused they REALLY do mean it, they lied to get the badge and guns and the license to kill but they did so with a wink and a nod from the assclown administering the oath because he knows full well that they don't REALLY mean it. He also knows that they should know after that crack course in "Criminal Just Us" that the Constitution just gets in the way of Just US.

Take a look at todays TEEVEE cop shows in contrast to yester years. Joe Fucking Friday on Dragnet wanted "just the fact" and regularly commented on the rights of the accused. What the flying Fuck do we have on today, more superduper secret police agency shows then you can shake a stick at, busting down doors and shooting at least three fucking slobs  every thirty minutes.

You tell me, does life immitate art, if it does we are sooo fucked we never get backed to fucked.