Oakland Police Harrass & Intimidate West Oakland Organizer

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As you read this story keep in mind that Marcel Diallo is a major property owner and organizer in West Oakland.. He’s a cat who saw what was going on during the housing boom which was gentrifying people and he decided to get some money together and buy up his entire block. One of his  properties-The Black Dot cafe has been a place where people seeking justice for Oscar Grant have been regularly meeting… Its interesting to note that Diallo was hemmed up last night with everyone knowing that the Oscar grant trial is continuing today…mmmmm Looks like OPD wants this to be along hot summer..

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I was just harassed and bogusly detained by Oakland Police in front of my house at 12 midnight
Today at 3:27am
Good People-

MarcelDiallosideMAY 26, 2009 – 1AM —– I was just arrested and detained with unnecessary force right in front of my house at 924 Pine Street by a Sargent D. Ming, badge number 10825 for about an hour. He called four additional squad cars to back him up. After driving my truck around the corner from my house to pick up a folding table from in front of my friend’s house at 10th & Wood Street that we used to play dominoes earlier, I drove back around the corner to my house at 10th & Pine Street one short block away. As I drove off from 10th & Wood, I saw a police car driving up and down the street looking for trouble as they had been doing all day. By the time I got back to my house and got out the truck, this officer had rolled up behind me, flashed his lights and ordered me back into the vehicle.

I told him that I was in front of MY house where my partner and 4 children lay asleep inside, in MY neighborhood that I live and work in, on MY block that I am the majority property owner on, and asked him if I was under arrest, and if I am not under arrest, then why do I have to get back into the car. He persisted on ordering me back into the car without answering my questions, as I continued questioning him, he approached me, twisted my arm and slapped the hand cuffs on me as he attempted to de-humanize me, I told him that he was harassing the wrong person and that I would be filing a full complaint against him and OPD, he then applied more unnecessary pressure to my wrists causing the hand cuffs to dig into my wrists. Before he could stuff me into the back of the car I yelled out for my partner and my neighbors to come out side and witness the harassment. My partner came out the house as well as two of my neighbors from a few houses down the street. Their was another officer present who recognized me, as I was telling officer Ming who I was, this other officer said yeah I know who you are, you drive the white Mustang, just get in the back of the car. As I sat in the back of the squad car damn near suffocating for about an hour with the heat full blast, Officer Ming called for back up, they came and did an illegal search of my truck, and a unnecessary questioning of my partner.

By this time there were about six officers and five squad cars in front of my house at 12:30 am in the morning. After searching my truck and keeping me detained for an unnecessary amount of time Ming came back to the back of the squad car and continued to play this “who’s nuts is bigger” game with me. But I am not the type to bow down, so I kept answering him the same way. I told him he had no right to detain me, no right to search my vehicle and no cause to use such excessive force with me and that he was just trying to make bow down to him by threatening to take me to jail and bending my arms. Since I didn’t see it his way, he excuse me of resisting arrest, and threatening him…two pieces of bullshit that did even hold enough weight to make it onto the bogus ticket he wrote me for not having two licenses plates and driving against traffic.

I told him that he could see with his own eyes that the truck had the temporary moving permit with the big number 7 on it right there totally visible in the window. I paid the registration and obtained all the necessary permits to move the truck the day after I purchased it at the auction last wednesday. I just bought the truck for the Village Bottoms Farm Project we are doing on Pine Street. I told him that DMV gave me the permit to get it smogged and handle a few other things before they’ll give me license plates and that the permit takes care of that so why is he still trying to stick me with something. He told me that these were just fix it tickets that he was giving me. Yeah, fix it tickets to attempt to cover his own ass because he knows he messed up and harassed the wrong person. After stalling and wasting hell of my time, he came and took the hand cuffs off of me one at a time, right hand first so that he could make sure I signed his bogus ticket before he let me go. Then he tells me that all of this could have been avoided if I would have followed his direct orders because he has never seen me before and had know way of knowing who I was. I told him that following his bogus commands, would be fine if I was a police dog, but I’m a citizen of Oakland and a human being in front of my house, and as far as I’m concerned he is the intruder who is unlawfully encroaching upon my right to be free and live a peaceful stress free life. Good People do you think it’s okay to get harassed and bogusly detained by the Police in front of your House? The question I have is, are they here to serve and protect, or to break our necks?

I am calling on all of you who know me to write into the city attorney’s office, the office of the mayor, and the chief of police to let them know that this type of harassment of public citizens will not be tolerated in the city of Oakland. I will be filing a complaint with the city attorney against the police department and seeking damages for this one, I would appreciate your support on this because too often, things like this happen and we never follow through with the complaint process.

Here is the contact info:
MAYOR’S OFFICE: 510-238-3141/fax: 510-238-4731

Or you could email city council (scroll down to email all at once)

LaTonda Simmons
City Clerk
cityclerk@oaklandnet.com

Dan Lindheim: Acting City Administrator
citymanager@oaklandnet.com

Ron Dellums: Mayor
officeofthemayor@oaklandnet.com

Courtney Ruby: City Auditor
cruby@oaklandnet.com

John Russo: City Attorney
jrusso@oaklandcityattorney.org

Jane Brunner: District 1
jbrunner@oaklandnet.com

Patricia Kernighan: District 2
pkernighan@oaklandnet.com

Nancy Nadel: District 3
nnadel@oaklandnet.com

Jean Quan: District 4
jquan@oaklandnet.com

Ignacio De La Fuente: District 5
idelafuente@oaklandnet.com

Desley Brooks: District 6
dbrooks@oaklandnet.com

Larry Reid: District 7
lreid@oaklandnet.com

Rebecca Kaplan: At-Large
atlarge@oaklandnet.com

Or all together!
atlarge@oaklandnet.com, lreid@oaklandnet.com, dbrooks@oaklandnet.com, idelafuente@oaklandnet.com, jquan@oaklandnet.com, nnadel@oaklandnet.com, pkernighan@oaklandnet.com, jbrunner@oaklandnet.com, jbrunner@oaklandnet.com, jrusso@oaklandcityattorney.org, cruby@oaklandnet.com, officeofthemayor@oaklandnet.com, citymanager@oaklandnet.com, cityclerk@oaklandnet.com

Marcel Diallo
Chief Creative Officer
Black Dot Artists, Inc.
diallo@blackdotcafe.com
510-451-4661

“Together We Must Sustain The Institutions That Sustain Us”

Comments

  1. Ben Woods says:

    The lack of communication and then strategizing a plan to justify bull sh-t is exactly what needs to change with police…. I can understand the fear factor of being a police officer…. but the police state mentality that most officers come from is not to be tolerated……. They are here to serve us but treat us as though they are the rulers….. Keep your paperwork and business right and when this bs flows call them on it and then communicate like this intelligent brotha and make the powers that be know we are organized intelligent and willing to stand and make the necessary changes…… Right on Davey, and to Marcel as well ….. my email will hit all you have listed………

  2. Ben Woods says:

    this is the response i received after sending my email

    Police Over Blown Aggression‏
    From: Pontiflet, Delores (DPontiflet@oaklandnet.com)
    You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
    Sent: Tue 5/26/09 4:48 PM
    To: bw171717@hotmail.com
    Good evening Mr. Woods,

    The Citizens’ Police Review Board has received a copy of your email that you sent to the City Administrator’s office. Please be advised that you can file a complaint with our office by going to the City of Oakland’s website at. http://www.oaklandnet.com and click on the Citizens’ Police Review Board and you will find a complaint form which you can fill out and either mail it to us or you can fax it. All the information is on the complaint form.

    Thank you,

    Delores A. Pontiflet
    Executive Assistant to Sean Quinlan
    Interim Executive Director to the Citizens’ Police Review Board
    1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Telephone – (510) 238-6807
    Fax – (510) 238-7582

  3. Prescott Resident says:

    Marcel Diallo is not who he says he is. Village Bottoms is not the success he claims it is. In fact, the truth is rather scandalous:

    East Bay Express: http://thedto.org/5e

    SF Chronicle: bit.ly/451Ueu

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