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 “tragically unnecessary.”
“The city sent police to evict this camp, arrest people and potentially hurt them,” Siegel said. “Obviously, we’re not on the same page. It’s an amazing show of force to move tents from a public place.”
“I am really disappointed with the city, the most hostile city to the Occupy movement. Where else are they having 600 police officers take down some tents?”
Siegel also voiced his frustration with his former boss.
“She worked so hard to get into office,” he said. “Obviously her inauguration was a tremendously optimistic day for so many people. What can you say? She didn’t deal with it well.”
When asked about Siegel’s decision, Quan told The Silicon Valley Mercury News, “he’s moving on, I’m moving on.”
Early Monday morning, Oakland police raided the camp site to evict the protesters from City Hall. Thirty-two protesters were arrested peacefully with the police union thanking the demonstrators for their behavior. The protesters said they would reconvene at the Oakland Main Public Library at 14th Street and Madison at 4pm local time Monday afternoon.