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Hello, having just read this exchange, I decided to comment as someone who was there during the Oaksterdam raid. I was, in fact, making a comment to the press with Rebecca Kaplan as she begged for Federal help with our city's gun violence. I am OU Chancellor, but I was speaking as a mother, asking how many gun deaths might occur that week, that day, that very hour as over a hundred Federal and local officers swarmed the area. I watched with concern, then horror as the simultaneous reaction as reporters cell phones went off, law enforcement vehicle CB's started blairing, walkie talkies were going up to ears on every local cop and the looks of distress and disbelief, bordering on panic with which crisis to cover; it was surreal.
It was like a movie set with both law enforcement and media reacting simultaneously with total confusion and disbelief. As we were in the middle of the impromptu press conference, I watched only a precious few cops peel off, leaving the rest to deal with crowd control for a growing protest as the DEA began bringing things out of the building. The cops left behind were traumatized and almost resentful, to be guarding a raid on a school teaching about a plant, and other facilities they know very well and were permitted, this was NOT what they signed on for. They wanted to be helping the victims of the shootings down the street!
I watched the remarkably fast response of the Aurora police, and the cops in Wisconsin shortly after, who saved lives because of a reaction times of two around minutes. Oakland PD had to extricate our cops from a totally avoidable, poorly coordinated and unwelcome Federal interference on a terrible day that our Oakland cops could have handled better, if given the chance, even just a warning so they could call in some extra bodies that day.
I will also mention the tax dollars that kept Cops on our Oakland streets that are now reduced. With the loss of tax dollars, not only directly from marijuana businesses but the ancillary business like restaurants and hotels, emergency services are affected from the reaction time to training and equipment for police, the fire department and the emergency rooms. For instance, Harborside gave the City of Oakland a million in taxes alone in 2011. Oaksterdam has lost much of its downtown traffic since the raids, hurting everyone.
I am a witness. Our local cops were stuck in a quagmire created by Federal interference. Those local cops had no qualms with Oaksterdam. We cleaned up the streets of downtown Oakland, paid for and championed support for the Lighthouse Charter High School, the FOX Theater restoration and the Ambassador community safety program, so you can walk our streets at night. we have been part of the solution for Oakland. No one called in the Fed. Oakland has suffered many lost jobs since.
The school is still open, we have open house every Friday 2-8, and we installed the cannabis and hemp museum at 1600 Broadway. I hope any of you come down and visit with us. Admission is free.
Dale Sky Jones
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