A statement from Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (with appropriate commentary inserted):
We support the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement [you have a strange way of showing it]: 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 [where are my hip waders when I need 'em]. We may not always agree, but we all have a right to be heard [and some have the right to be gassed, shot and arrested].
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 [a bit late, dontcha think?]
99% of our officers stayed professional during difficult and dangerous circumstances [not according to the video I've seen] 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 [they were until you sent in the storm troopers]. We hope they continue to be so.
I want to express our deepest concern for all of those who were injured last night [I'm sure your deepest concern means so much to the Iraq vet whose head got in the way of a tear gas canister], and we are committed to ensuring this does not happen again [maybe you should have been committed to seeing it didn't happen ONCE]. Investigations of certain incidents are underway and I will personally monitor them [translation: do my best to sweep it all under the nearest rug].
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. [Could you possibly have done worse? Well, to your slight credit nobody died--so far].
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 [between the hours of 6am and 10pm only].
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 [I'm sure they'll be happy to, just as soon as they are released from intensive care or their lungs stop burning from the tear gas].