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Oakland Mayor Doesn't Want SWAT Convention Back Next Year

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Robocop…for realz.
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Oakland, CA Mayor Jean Quan posted on her Facebook page this weekend that she doesn't want her city to host next year's edition of Urban Shield, a five-day trade show featuring the finest in militarized police gear, whose 2014 edition took place this past week in Oakland. Urban Shield also consists of rigorous training excercises featuring law enforcement from all over the U.S., as well as such far-flung locales as Israel, Bahrain, France, Singapore, and South Korea.

Quan did not offer any specific objections to the event, but noted that "In the wake of the events in Ferguson, MO, we've gotten questions recently about the Oakland Police Department and military hardware." She also noted the Oakland PD's increased emphasis on community policing, the hiring of a new director of a Citizens' Police Review Board, and the fact the Oakland PD has not had an officer-involved shooting in more than a year.

A spokesman from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, which runs the annual event, did not appreciate Quan's rejection of the confab, saying, "we find it amazing that the mayor of Oakland does not want better training for the cities' first responders nor the hotel tax revenue, sales tax revenue, and low crime rate in the downtown area that Urban Shield and its 5,000-plus attendees has provided in the last few years to the City of Oakland."

Mother Jones' Shane Bauer posted a short video depicting some of the highlights of the event, including drones, MRAPs, automatic weapons, and motivational t-shirts. The video culminates in Bauer's expulsion from Urban Shield, after reporting for several days, for some rather unspecific reasons. Watch below:   

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  2. Urban Shield also consists of rigorous training excercises featuring law enforcement from all over the U.S.,

    I don’t know if you can call SWAT training in the US “rigorous”, at least not based on the unending barrage of SWAT nutpunches we get here at H&R.

    To be fair, I’m sure its not easy to hit a baby’s crib with a flashbang tossed through a door, but still . . . .

    1. To be fair, I’m sure its not easy to hit a baby’s crib with a flashbang tossed through a door, but still

      But does that qualify you for Royal Knight status?

      1. ONLY if they would’ve confiscated the burnt child’s toys.

          1. Holy SWAT rectums! That image alone should be enough to net a Royal Knight.

        1. And then cut them open to check for hidden cash.

    2. They “rigorously” play soldier. It’s LARPing for pigs, basically. But instead of using nerf balls to simulate lightning bolts, they use real weapons.

      1. even LARPers are allowed to fight back.

  3. a short video depicting some of the highlights of the event, including drones, MRAPs, automatic weapons

    Tony would approve. Look at this, teabaggers! Obey my master now and agree with me, or our goons are gonna getcha!

  4. “we find it amazing that the mayor of Oakland does not want better training for the cities’ first responders nor the hotel tax revenue, sales tax revenue, and low crime rate in the downtown area that Urban Shield and its 5,000-plus attendees has provided in the last few years to the City of Oakland.”

    Often moral cripples *are* genuinely amazed when people stop playing ball with them. It’s almost pitiable.

    1. It’s like when collectivists get butthurt that people don’t want to be forced to be in their collective. Why don’t you like them?!?

      1. What if their collective gives away free stuff?

  5. Am I the only one who thought “Borg!!” when looking at the picture?

    1. I can’t help myself -“resistance is futile”

      1. Not only did I think it, I had to peer closely at the photo to discover it was actually (sort of) human.

    2. I thought, “wouldn’t binocular vision be useful in any actual situation that required tactical gear?”

    3. I think it’s a mannequin. But my first thought was also Borg.

  6. Who has their convention in Oakland? What were all of the hotel rooms in Camden booked that weekend?

    1. Who has their convention in Oakland?

      Gangbangers.

      1. Your answer is more correct than you know.

      2. Is you taking notes on a criminal fucking conspiracy?

    2. Remember, John, none of these guys have an IQ of even 105. Meaning that the mean is probably about 90.

      1. Are you feeling generous today or what?

        1. SWAT are top cops! They probably have to be able to count to 6 instead of 2.

          1. Regular cops need to count to “STOP RESISTING!”

            SWAT cops only need to count to “Police!” *throw flashbang into baby’s crib*

      2. wut

        1. The cops just won a court case whereby it was perfect legal for them to not hire people with IQs above 105. Because and this is more or less a direct quote, “people with higher IQs will get bored with the repetitive nature of police work and we invest too much in training to have them leave after six months.”

          1. Link?

            105 is the average IQ of police. Somewhere in the 120’s is typically where the “too smart” thing starts.

            Further, unless the police force is heavily black, capping IQ at 105 wouldn’t make for an average of 90.

            1. Link. According to them. But come on. They would then be hiring solely between 100 and 110. I don’t believe it.

              1. That guy’s score was equivalent to 125, and nobody said there are no sub-100 police, so I have no clue where “hiring solely between 100 and 110” comes from.

    3. I lol’d

    4. Enh, downtown Oakland is nice enough. I don’t know where the CC is but I doubt it’s in gang territory.

  7. “we find it amazing that the mayor of Oakland does not want better training for the cities’ first responders nor the hotel tax revenue, sales tax revenue, and low crime rate in the downtown area that Urban Shield and its 5,000-plus attendees has provided in the last few years to the City of Oakland.”

    Uhm, all those attendees are going on my dime, so no, I’d rather keep it in my pocket than give it to Oakland.

    And while I like this fad of anti-military policing, I fear it’ll become another kind of #hashtagtivism where a few ‘leading voices’ will tag their tweets with #nomoremilitarization, a few grenade launcher orders will be put off until next year until the whole thing blows over. Then they’ll SWAT raid harder in 2016, for punishment.

    1. That’s the danger of the mass of fools who hashtag and jump on bandwagons. It’s just a fad for them until the next “cause” comes along, and then they’ll forget all about police militarization. But they’ll make sure they suck all the oxygen out of the room first so the people who actually do give a shit are left with nothing.

      Aren’t assholes who only do things for social signaling great?

      1. Real reform on this issue isn’t going to come easy. The police are not a democratic institution, so imagine, if you will, a city council telling their police department when and how to use SWAT teams.

        But I don’t know what the answer is. I say no more SWAT deployments unless there’s an active shooter.

        I say no more IED-proof vehicles.

        Definitely no more forfeiture.

        But even those things is a wide, wide set of provisions fighting an uphill battle against entrenched forces.

        1. We could start with making a city councilman or mayor sign off on all SWAT deployments.

          1. With his pension on the line if any innocents are harmed? I could go for that.

  8. “we find it amazing that the mayor of Oakland does not want better training for the cities’ first responders nor the hotel tax revenue, sales tax revenue, and low crime rate in the downtown area that Urban Shield and its 5,000-plus attendees has provided in the last few years to the City of Oakland.”

    No amount of false security and tax revenue is worth five thousand Gestapo pigs rooting around city streets for a week, you Desert Snow pissheads. Have your dummy festival on the edge of a cliff and nowhere near civilization.

    1. Please tell me the good mayor found a way to tell the county sheriff to respectfully go fuck himself. If someone talked down to me like that, I would have a hard time not going off.

  9. Better to have them all in Oakland for a week than somewhere else.

  10. “You don’t want to pull up a Chevy Chevette in front of a house and say, ‘here, we’re gonna get you’ you’re not going to get the effect you want.”

    So the effect is to in fact terrorize and intimidate everyone in the neighborhood?

  11. Wow, their press credentials got revoked. Is that convention run by a private firm?

  12. Speaking of paramilitary cops, while travelling this past week I watched a couple of excellent action movies out of, I believe, Singapore:

    The Raid: Redemption
    The Raid 2.

    Ultraviolent, great atmosphere, top-notch cinematography and martial arts. Them Indonesians do like their knives and machetes. And hammers.

    1. The Raid is a good movie. ONe of my only Blu Rays ’cause I got it used, cheap.

    2. You’d like Merantau and Ong Bak.

    3. Oh, hellz yeah! My son and I watched Redemption – EPIC, NON-ENDING VIOLENCE! That is a superb movie. Looking forward to seeing the second one.

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    Fashion! Right!
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  14. PS So the Ferguson, MO Area Chamber of Commerce isn’t making a bid to host this next year?

    Bet it would give the area a bit of an economic boost, all them vendors and participants in hotels and restaurants and whatnot.

  15. Funny thing,the golf course near me has scrambles on Monday’s for things like the Heart association and such.They had the local police association once.Told them never to come back.Cans and bottle all over the course,driving in sand traps and on greens.Hitting balls at people.The pro told me they acted like they owned the place and were pissed when he told them never again.

  16. Call me cynical

    But the mayor already took their money

    and i’ll bet next year, when the fuss has dies down, they’ll be just as glad to have them back.

    Hell, if it were an election year, she’d probably buy the local PD a fleet of Strykers.

    1. Actually, it is an election year and the back-story here is long and involved.
      The mayor is one of the most inept and incompetent people ever to hold elected office. She’s an unreconstructed Cal lefty who got elected by the ‘ranked voting’ process; no body voted *for* her, she was the second choice of people who really didn’t know much about her according to the exit polls.
      She has gone from one disaster to the other and is now frantically weather-vaning in the hopes she won’t get tossed out on her ass. She has no hope of ever getting a job.
      As a San Francisco resident, I can survey our stinking pile parasites and proudly claim ‘it ain’t as bad as Oaktown!’

      1. Although your political leaders are desperately trying to close the gap…

      2. And, Quan has at least one challenger from the left who thinks she hasn’t bent over quite far enough for the Occupy crowd.

        Right now I’m planning to vote for the guy who once shot a gang member out in front of his house.

      3. “Sevo|9.10.14 @ 3:22PM|#

        The mayor is one of the most inept and incompetent people ever to hold elected office.

        Hey! Wait till you meet their replacement!

  17. This is a tough call. On the one hand, horrible meatheads playing with military toys. On the other hand, as I’ve mentioned before, Mayor Quan might be literally retarded.

    Perhaps they could throw the convention goers and all the Quan-supported Occupy assholes onto Treasure Island and let them go at it.

    1. I don’t anyone here is having wet dreams over Quan, the human.

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