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Dan Siegel: Totally futile to try shutting down ‘Occupy’ protests

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s legal adviser and longtime friend, Dan Siegel, explained to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Monday night why he decided to resign his post. Siegel was very unhappy with the police raid on the “Occupy Oakland” encampment on October 25 but had hoped the protesters would be…

Oakland mayor’s top legal aide quits in solidarity with ‘Occupy’ protest

The chief legal adviser to Oakland mayor Jean Quan decided to resign late Sunday evening over how the city’s police have treated “Occupy Oakland” protesters. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Dan Siegel was disgusted by local authorities’ judgement on raiding the protesters’ camp near Oakland’s City Hall, calling their actions…

Police distribute eviction notices to Occupy Oakland

In the wake of an apparently unrelated shooting death that occurred near the Occupy Oakland encampment on Thursday, it appears that the city may be making another push to force the protesters to disband. A live blog at the Mercury News reported on Friday evening that “police are distributing eviction…

Agitators blamed for Oakland unrest that injured 8

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – Police arrested more than 100 demonstrators early on Thursday in clashes that activists and Oakland city officials alike blamed on agitators who provoked unrest following a day of mostly peaceful rallies against economic inequality. Officials said eight people — five civilians and three police officers —…

Oakland mayor ‘sorry’ for clash that injured ex-Marine

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who was booed out of a public square by protesters against economic inequality on Thursday, apologized for a clash between police and demonstrators that badly injured an ex-Marine. Quan, who has drawn withering criticism for her handling of a confrontation with so-called…

Wounded Iraq veteran awake after ‘Occupy Oakland’ head injury

OAKLAND (Reuters) – An Iraq war veteran badly wounded in clashes between protesters and police on the streets of Oakland was awake and lucid, hospital officials and family members said on Thursday. Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old former U.S. Marine struck in the head during Wall Street protests on Tuesday night,…

Watch live: ‘Occupy Oakland’ attacked by police

With additional reporting by Andrew Jones. Hundreds of protesters at “Occupy Oakland” were facing arrest in the early hours of Tuesday morning as 100 or more police officers closed in on their location. Local media reports indicated that hundreds of police showed up wearing riot gear around 4:40 a.m. and…

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