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Wednesday, April 09, 2003
      ( 9:29 AM ) Jackie  

If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out of the City Council

Annoyed with demands that the victims of Monday's police riot in Oakland be heard in Open Forum, Council President Ignacio De La Fuente walked out of the council meeting in a snit last night. He was followed by Councilmember Larry Reid, best known as the Council's main apologist for Police abuse and chair of the city's Public Safety Committee. Read the story. You gotta' love how the Tribune frames it -- not as the immature behavior of a purported city leader, but as the fault of "raucous protestors". Ah, the press!!

Council President Ignacio De La Fuente is indeed the very same man who lied through his face on television saying that the protestors at the port of Oakland participated in vandalism. The man lied. He did not even try to get any facts, which were widely available, and now he throws a tantrum when confronted by citizens who were abused by the police. He doesn't deserve a position of authority. He needs to learn to deserve rather than demand respect.

The speakers were wonderful by the way. I especially admired one young woman who was beaten and thrown into a paddy wagon. She had the presence of mind to continue observing the actions outside and to listen to -- and write down -- the comments being made over police radio. She documented specifics of police picking off ILWU officials and members and legal observers. She documented the ORDER for motorcycle police to run down protestors. She got names. She didn't get badge numbers -- that's because she was beaten and arrested when she asked cops not displaying their badges !!! for their badge numbers.

Oh, and De La Fuente tried to gavel her down when her speaking time was over. The crowd overrode this decision.

Yup, this is going to cost the city of Oakland a ton of money. Guess the Riders case didn't teach us a damned thing!

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