What A Police State Looks Like

Janet Rhodes at FDL, former Oakland resident and recent Oakland visitor, describes the terrifying experience of confronting a close formation of Oakland PD and other police officers, all in full battle gear, sealing off the passage between her and her car… terrifying even to one who was NOT engaging in, or intending to engage in, civil disobedience. Her conclusion, in brief: “This is what a police state looks like.” Rhodes concludes that a hundred officers from a dozen places in California, assembled in Oakland in full battle array, cannot possibly be necessary to keep the peace: their purpose, pure and simple, is to intimidate people out of exercising their First Amendment rights of peaceable assembly and petition.

Oh, and it appears Mayor Quan has skipped town. Good job, Mayor; maybe you should just keep on going.

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