And like typical left wing nazi cowards...they scampered off like scared bitches.
Developer with shotgun scared off Oakland rioters
This article appeared on page A - 11 of the San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, November 4, 2011
OAKLAND -- Oakland developer
Phil Tagami is used to working behind the scenes to broker some of the
biggest deals in town. Late Wednesday, he was using different persuasive
skills - holding a loaded shotgun to scare away rioters trying to get
into a downtown building.
"We had people who attempted to break into our building," the
landmark Rotunda Building on Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, Tagami
said Thursday. He grabbed a shotgun that he usually keeps at home, went
down to the ground floor and "discouraged them," he said.
"I was standing there and they saw me there, and I lifted it - I
didn't point it - I just held it in my hands," Tagami said. "And I just
racked it, and they ran."
Although they didn't get inside the building - Tagami, 46, oversaw
its $50 million renovation and has an office there - vandals did scrawl
graffiti on the outside walls during the post-midnight riot that broke
out after Occupy Oakland's daylong general strike.
The Rotunda Building was far from the only target. Graffiti was
spray-painted on many buildings along Broadway from 14th to 16th
streets. Masked vandals shattered windows, started fires and threw
objects at police, including lit flares and powerful M-1000
Officers responded by firing tear gas and flash-bang grenades and
arresting 103 people, including those from as far away as Michigan and
New York. Five civilians and three police officers were hurt.
As the sun rose, downtown Oakland business owners were again
assessing the damage, much as they did after a series of protests
related to the killing of unarmed BART rider Oscar Grant in 2009.
Crews were boarding up broken windows at the Tully's Coffee shop
just steps from Occupy Oakland's camp at Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City
Hall. Graffiti was sprayed on the Rite Aid and Walgreens drugstores
across from each other at 14th and Broadway. The city estimated it would
cost up to $25,000 to replace broken windows at city buildings.
City Administrator Deanna Santana apologized to business owners for
the "chaotic events" that enveloped the city. Mayor Jean Quan called the
rioters "a small and isolated group."
"It shouldn't mar the overall impact of the demonstration and the
fact that people in the 99 percent movement demonstrated peacefully and,
for the most part, were productive and very peaceful," Quan said.
Tagami disagreed, calling the Occupy Oakland encampment "basically
concealment and cover for anarchists who are doing this to our city."
"We're very concerned that a group of people can be allowed to do
this type of destruction to our town and to our image without any
repercussions," Tagami said. "They need to be held accountable." He
rejected assertions that the anarchists were a small minority, saying,
"No, you can't have it both ways."
Tagami added, "I support a peaceful protest. But it was a siege
situation last night, and quite frankly, I'm glad we were here. But I
never want to have to do that again."
Other businesses that professed support for Occupy Oakland's general
strike didn't escape the damage. Windows at the Men's Wearhouse, which
closed Wednesday and put up signs of support, were shattered.
Many Occupy Oakland sympathizers were dismayed by the damage, and some tried to do something about it.
Leandro Marques, 33, and two women were scrubbing graffiti at
noontime from the facade of Genji, a Japanese restaurant in the City
"Doing things to small businesses is about the worst thing you can
do," said Marques, an audio engineer who lives in Berkeley. "You're
hurting people who are poor like you."
Rachel Konte, owner of Oakllectiv, said her designer clothing shop
had its plate glass window smashed and hundreds of dollars of T-shirts
"Some protesters guarded our store for us," Konte said. "We're so thankful and grateful for that."
She said, "We're still committed to Oakland. I don't know who vandalized us, but I bet they don't live here."
Chronicle staff writers Carolyn Jones and Demian Bulwa contributed to this report. E-mail Henry K. Lee at [url=mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]email@example.com[/url].
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