To:Tom Bates, Mayor; Laurie Capetelli, Council person; Michael K. Meehan, Chief of Police
Why were police from the City of Berkeley involved in the violence of and by the police of Oakland (and others) on the the people of Occupy Oakland?
I am a tax-paying Berkeley homeowner and am outraged that my tax dollars were used to destroy that encampment-or any others; the more so because an already reduced police force was further diminished to be pulled away from their jobs. But that is not the major issue; it is that of both provocative and violent police actions toward citizens protesting peacefully.
I hope people are beginning to realize that this was a part of a national government (federally funded, yes?) anti-citizen attack on any protest relating to the the corporate-run government.
Shame on Berkeley. Shame on Oakland. Shame on all of us that we have allowed this nation to slide so far toward a fascist regime.