Oakland Mayor Issues Statement Of Support For Occupy Oakland

Update 3:50 PM, Pacific Time – The Mayor’s office issued their weekly newsletter which contains the original Facebook statement.

Update 3:27 PM, Pacific Time – Mayor Quan’s response has been removed from her Facebook page. Addicting Info is attempting to reach the Mayor’s office for a response.

Original Post – In response to the recent rash of police violence against Occupy Oakland protesters, Oakland Mayor, Jean Quan issued a Facebook statement. The statement reads as follows (emphasis mine).

We support the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement: we have high levels of unemployment and we have high levels of foreclosure that makes Oakland part of the 99% too. We are a progressive city and tolerant of many opinions. We may not always agree, but we all have a right to be heard.

I want to thank everyone for the peaceful demonstration at Frank Ogawa Park tonight, and thank the city employees who worked hard to clean up the plaza so that all activities can continue including Occupy Wall Street. We have decided to have a minimal police presence at the plaza for the short term and build a community effort to improve communications and dialogue with the demonstrators.

99% of our officers stayed professional during difficult and dangerous circumstances as did some of the demonstrators who dissuaded other protestors from vandalizing downtown and for helping to keep the demonstrations peaceful. For the most part, demonstrations over the past two weeks have been peaceful. We hope they continue to be so.

I want to express our deepest concern for all of those who were injured last night, and we are committed to ensuring this does not happen again. Investigations of certain incidents are underway and I will personally monitor them.

We understand and recognize the impact this event has had on the community and acknowledge what has happened. We cannot change the past, but we are committed to doing better.

Most of us are part of the 99%, and understand the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. We are committed to honoring their free speech right.

Finally, we understand the demonstrators want to meet with me and Chief Jordan. We welcome open dialogue with representatives of Occupy Wall Street members, and we are willing to meet with them as soon as possible.

The ACLU issued a response to Mayor Quan’s post, requesting a full investigation and complete transparency.

Is Mayor Quan’s response appropriate or is it too little too late? Should she resign? Please post your thoughts.