by Rachel Swan
Yesterday was supposed to mark a smooth and temperate 30-day anniversary party for Occupy Oakland, and instead it erupted in violence, after a young man was fatally shot near the encampment at Broadway and 14th Street. This morning Oakland police issued an open letter to Occupy Oakland, urging the protesters to stop exhausting the city's already limited law enforcement resources. "Yesterday’s murder was Oakland’s 101st homicide of 2011," the letter read. "It is time for us to stop directing all of our efforts at policing the small enclave of “Occupy Oakland” and get back to our job of protecting the citizens of Oakland in the neighborhoods where our residents live." The cops also beseeched occupiers to leave the encampment peacefully, in order to preempt another forcible incursion.
Last night several beat cops gathered at the vigil for the shooting victim, whose name has yet to be released. For the first time in 30 days, they weren't greeted with angry derision.
Clarification: This post originally described the shooting victim as "an occupier," however that has not been confirmed.