From these videos, the Oakland Police clearly overreacted to the one man jumping over the barrier. Why he did is a good question. But he was the only person to make it over the barrier. Why the Oakland Police reacted the way they did can only be summed up as due to poor training.
This statement on the Oakland Unified School District Board Meeting of Wednesday Night, October 23rd, 2019.
Oakland Unified School District and the Board of Education respect and support the public’s right to voice their concerns through peaceful protest. The Board still must be able to conduct its business. Every contract, every grant, almost all facilities issues, agreements with the city and other local partners, important policy issues, teacher permits and credentials, and so many more important issues go to the Board in order to take effect. This is the third Board meeting in a row that protestors have disrupted (fourth, if you count the joint city council-school board meeting that was disrupted by the protesters on Monday, October 21). When the protesters jumped over and pushed over the barriers, the safety of the Board Directors and staff could no longer be guaranteed and the Board moved the meeting upstairs pursuant to the Brown Act. Media was allowed upstairs and public comment was permitted downstairs once the mic (that the protesters had moved and damaged) was fixed and moved to the right location. Moving forward, the District implores the protestors to keep their actions peaceful and to allow the Directors to conduct the work they need to do for the benefit of all Oakland students.”
Director of Communications
Oakland Unified School District
Note from Oakland news Now Technical: this video-blog post shows the full and live operation of the latest updated version of an experimental zennie62Media mobile media video-blogging system network that was launched June 2018. This is a major part of zennie62Media’s new and innovative approach to the production of news media. The uploaded video is from a vlogger with the Zennie62 on YouTube Partner Channel, then uploaded to and formatted automatically at the Oakland news Now site and zennie62-owned social media pages. The overall objective is smartphone-enabled, real-time, on the scene reporting of news, interviews, observations, and happenings anywhere in the World and within seconds and not hours. Now, news is reported with a smartphone: no heavy and expensive cameras or even a laptop are necessary. The secondary objective is faster, and very inexpensive media production and distribution. We have found there is a disconnect between post length and time to product and revenue generated. With this, the problem is far less, though by no means solved. zennie62Media is constantly working to improve the system network coding and seeks interested content and media technology partners.