Oaksterdam Raid - Protester in a wheelchair blocks DEA vehicles
On Monday, April 2, 2012, agents from the DEA, IRS, and U.S. Marshals Service raided Oaksterdam University and several other businesses associated with Oakland cannabis activist Richard Lee. The Oakland Police Department was not notified in advance of the raids and did not participate in them, but did provide crowd control as the morning progressed and increasing numbers of angry locals opposed to the raid arrived at 19th and Broadway.
In this clip, OPD clears a path for DEA vehicles leaving with confiscated Oaksterdam University records as Oaklanders, including one in a wheelchair, attempt to block the way. We also see officer J. Low with his baton out, pushing protesters out of the way of the DEA vehicles, but his personal camera is off. When it’s on (see in passing on Officer Nguyen) the green is exposed.
Transparency statement: Clipped from the longer raw video; captions, title, and end text added; otherwise unedited.
Apologies for the way the video freezes at times; downtown Oakland is something of a concrete canyon and signal quality can be irregular. We’re working toward upgrading our equipment.