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Oakland Police invite Occupiers for ice cream, fire into crowd again
10/27/2011 7:59 PM Matt Rock
Oakland California's acting Police Chief Howard Jordan sparked another round of controversy earlier today when he personally invited all of the one thousand Occupy Oakland demonstrators out for ice cream, only to lure them into what many are now saying was a blatant ambush.
“Our recent acts of firing tear gas and flashbang grenades into crowds of unarmed, peaceful civilian protesters was uncalled for,” said Jordan during a press conference early this morning. “We feel sorry for the way we treated these innocent people. We want them to know that we will honor their right to peacefully assemble in the future. As such, I'm offering to buy ice cream for all of the protesters. This will give our officers a much-needed opportunity to chat with Occupiers and bridge the divide we caused.”
Over 1,000 protesters arrived at a local Dairy Queen at approximately 3 pm pacific time, and witnesses say the event started out positively. Police officers, most of them still in their riot gear from the evening prior, dished out ice cream cones and engaged in small talk with the protesters. As many as three hundred demonstrators had been served, authorities say, before disaster struck.
“At approximately 3:35 PM PST, one Karen Shelby, a 24-year old Occupier, asked for the last mint chocolate chip ice cream scoop we had available,” explained Jordan. “The person behind her said something akin to `darn, I was hoping to get some of that. Oh well, what other flavors are there?' We saw this as a direct verbal assault on our officers, and decided to take action.”
This is when, according to witnesses, the Oakland police fired CS gas, flashbang grenades, rubber bullets, fire extinguishers, water hoses, shaken-up bottles of Fanta, silly string (yes, they do still make it), and at least one flame thrower into the crowd of hungry, but innocent, protesters. There are no deaths being reported at this hour, but there have been at least four-dozen injuries, and the flamethrower caused at least 20 gallons of ice cream to melt, including the tub of mint chocolate chip that officers "didn't realize" they hadn't opened yet.
“There's no way I'm going to do anything about this,” said Oakland Mayor Jean Quan shortly after the incident transpired. “I'm going to sit back and watch this nonsense unfold, because I'm a coward who doesn't care about the people of Oakland. These are innocent protesters, after all, and they need to be responded to with brute force, real shock-and-awe stuff. Move along now. There's nothing to see here!” - Return to Previous Page
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