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Oakland, Occupy Protests »

[By Beat News Service | 11 Nov 2011 | No Comments]

In another strongly worded letter addressing residents of the City of Oakland, the union representing Oakland Police officers called on Occupy Oakland protesters to leave Frank Ogawa Plaza “immediately” and with their “heads held up high.”

The union released the open letter Friday morning after a man was shot and killed in the city’s 101st homicide near the encampment Thursday evening. 

Cops & Courts, Occupy Protests »

[By Beat News Service | 1 Nov 2011 | One Comment]

The union representing Oakland Police officers released an unprecedented open letter to city residents on Tuesday criticizing Mayor Jean Quan for delivering “mixed messages” in the handling of the city’s Occupy Wall Street protests.

The message, posted on the Oakland Police Officers’ Association website, claims that rank-and-file officers are receiving no direction from the Mayor’s office about what to do during a citywide general strike set to occur on Wednesday.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By California Beat | 10 Jul 2010 | One Comment]

(7/10) — 20:26 PDT — OAKLAND, CALIF. — The family of Oscar Grant, the unarmed BART passenger shot to death by former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle, blasted a letter released to the public by Mehserle’s attorney Friday, calling his statement “fake” and “a ploy” during a Saturday evening news conference in West Oakland.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Jennifer Courtney and Tashina Manyak | 9 Jul 2010 | No Comments]
Cephus Johnson addresses reporters outside of an LA courthouse after Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Thursday. The letter was released by Mehserle's attorney Friday. (JENNIFER COURTNEY / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(7/9) — UPDATED 16:25 PDT — OAKLAND — In a letter released by his lawyer today, Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter for shooting an unarmed train passenger, expressed his remorse and said he never intended to shoot Oscar Grant.

In the handwritten letter, dated July 4 — four days before the verdict was reached — Mehserle asked his attorney Michael Rains to disseminate it to the public, which he did so on Friday.