Parks and Demonstration - Oakland Riot

  • Aired:  10/26/11
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Everything's going well among those who have taken to the streets to protest America's wealth inequality -- except in Oakland. (3:21)

WELL, IT'S WEDNESDAY.

YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?

TIME FOR OUR OCCUPY WALL STREET

ROUND-UP.

HOW ARE THINGS GOING AMONGST

THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN TO THE

STREETS TO PROTEST OUR NATION'S

WEALTH INEQUALITY?

OH, NEW YORK, ADORABLE.

PHILLY, GOING VERY WELL DOWN.

THERE CINCINNATI, THE QUEEN

CITY.

OH, WASHINGTON, D.C., SO NICE

THEY WON'T LET US JOIN THE

UNION.

AND OAKLAND, HOW ARE THINGS --

[LAUGHTER]

[BLEEPED] HAPPENED IN OAKLAND?

DIDN'T YOU GUYS HEAR THE BUCOLIC

BUGS BUNNY WAKE-UP MUSIC?

WHAT'S GOING ON, OAKLAND?

CHILL OUT.

VERY SLOWLY, TELL ME WHAT

HAPPENED?

>> THEY WERE THERE FOR ABOUT TWO

WEEKS.

THINGS WERE PRETTY MUCH PEACEFUL

DURING THAT PERIOD.

AND THEN POLICE SAW THE

SITUATION DETERIORATING IN TERMS

OF A PUBLIC SAFETY THREAT.

THEY SAW HEALTH CONDITIONS

GETTING BAD, SO THEY DECIDED TO

GET RID OF THOSE PROTESTERS TO

TELL THEM TO DISBAND.

>> Jon: SO THE CITY WAS

CONCERNED ABOUT A PUBLIC SAFETY

THREAT, SO THEY DID THIS.

[GUNFIRE]

SEEMS A LITTLE HEAVY HANDED.

UNLESS WAS ONE OF THE PROTESTERS

GODZILLA?

[LAUGHTER]

THAT WOULD JUSTIFY AN ATTACK.

NOT THAT THERE WEREN'T RUFFIANS

OUT THERE.

OKAY.

THAT KID LOOKS LIKE TROUBLE.

I BET THAT PROFESSOR'S CLASS IS

DULL.

OH, ARE YOU [BLEEPED] KIDDING

ME?

THAT GUY WAS A PUBLIC MENACE?

WHAT DO YOU THINK, THAT CHAIR

COMES ON RAMMING SPEED IN COME

ON.

LOOK, I KNOW A SELF-SELECTED

GROUP OF PEOPLE CAN'T TAKE OVER

PUBLIC SPACE FOREVER.

IT'S PUBLIC SPACE.

IT'S FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING

PEOPLE WHO DON'T CONSIDER DRUM

CIRCLES TO BE SLEEPY TIME MUSIC,

BUT SEEMS TO ME THERE MIGHT HAVE

BEEN A LESS... [ISMTATES

MACHINE-GUN FIRE] WAY OF

RESOLVING THIS.

IF YOU DON'T WANT THE PROTESTERS

TO OCCUPY THAT SPACE BECAUSE

IT'S ACROSS FROM CITY HALL, YOU

KNOW, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS, I'M

SURE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF NICE

PUBLIC AREAS.

JACK LONDON SQUARE RIGHT THERE,

BOOM.

POPULAR AREA DOWN BY THE WATER

FRONGTD.

MAYBE THAT.

WHAT ABOUT THE OAKLAND COLISEUM.

IT'S OCTOBER.

YOU KNOW THE A'S AREN'T GOING TO

BE USING IT.

BOOM!

BOOM!

BASEBALL SLAM.

[APPLAUSE]

DID I JUST TEAR MY ROTATOR CUFF

MAKING A JOKE?

LISTEN, OAKLAND, I KNOW YOU WANT

TO KEEP THE PEACE WHILE

RESPECTING PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO

ASSEMBLE, BUT IT'S HARD TO WATCH

YOUR REACTION TO THIS GROUP OF

PROTESTERS WITH THE TEAR GAS

WHEN EVERY SUNDAY YOU HOST AN

OCCUPATION FOR THESE FOLKS.

THE MAD MAX RE-ENACTORS CLUB,

BECAUSE BELIEVE ME, THEY START

PEEING IN PUBLIC, A LOT SOONER

THAN THOSE OTHER PROTESTERS.

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