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MC Hammer Lashes Out At Police Over Occupy Oakland Arrests

(AllHipHop News) Oakland, California native MC Hammer has spoken out against the police’s treatment of protesters supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement in Oakland.

According to reports, a number of demonstrators and police were involved in skirmishes near Frank Ogala Plaza at City Hall, where police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Over 100 people were arrested during the clashes that took place throughout the day yesterday (October 25).

“The unabated abuse of the PEOPLE can never be tolerated!,” MC Hammer tweeted early this morning. “They were expressing systemic frustration and pain, peacefully. You knew this would happen. You cannot eliminate the middle class and expect quiet resolution.”

The police established their presence the previous evening on Tuesday, when officers raided the Occupy Oakland campground on Frank Ogala Plaza at City Hall, drawing criticism.

Oakland’s internal police chief Howard Jordan defended the tactics, which included the use of tear gas and beanbag rounds to disperse a crowd of about 1,000, some of whome claimed police actually used rubber bullets.

“We deployed it to effect an arrest because some officers were being pelted with rocks and bottles,” Oakland’s interim Police Chief Howard Jordan told local CBS Channel 5 in San Francisco.

According to legendary Hip-Hop journalist and longtime Oakland resident, Davey D. who was present, the protests remained calm in the face of the police, who donned riot gear.

“With all the tear gas canisters and I counted 6 rounds tonight, folks have remained relatively chill,” Davey D. tweeted.

Two officers suffered from minor injuries in the scuffles, including several who had allegedly been shot at with paintball guns and other items by the crowd, who had been in the plaza for almost two weeks.

Police officers were ordered to break up the gathering on Tuesday, when they stormed the area, to break up the Occupy Wall Street protests, which are rallying around the country, against economic injustice and corporate greed.

“The unification of the poor, the underserved and the middle class has begun,” Hammer tweeted. “The forgone conclusion is at hand.”

  • MC Hammer is shaping up to be a political force to be reckoned with …even if he isn’t taken seriously , he got the support of Davey D who will always be taken seriously!
    ( $hyt looking hectic out there! Stay safe! )
    Propz to Hammer & Davey D for putting it on the line & representing for the people!
    Hip Hop is proud of ya’ll!

    Propz to Nolan Strong for covering this & AHH for running it!

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  • Respect to Hammer.. hopefully he will encourage people to show up at the protests and offer whatever support he can..

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  • “We had to deploy gas to stop people from throwing rocks and bottles at police”

    Okay, so why did you gas the MEDIA FIRST? Were the news reporters throwing rocks and bottles? Or were you just stopping ‘potential’ rocks and bottles from being thrown? Or are you having drug-induced hallucinations? I’ve also heard the OPOA claim they gassed them to ‘stop the crowd’. By which you mean to ‘make them disperse’? Stop what exactly? Stop them from protesting peacefully? Because that’s all you’re doing.

    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy

  • SelmanC

    its easy to hide behind fame and ignore the issues. hammer using is voice to bring some more light on problems affecting low-income/minority neighborhoods in oakland.
    the pd is be on some shady out there.

  • THIS man was fighting for our freedoms.

    THIS is the first “war” since WW2 that has really been about protecting our rights and freedoms. 

    THIS is the war in which this Marine deserves a Purple Heart, and all the mercenaries and cops fighting the people need to get on their knees and beg his forgiveness.

  • R_REAL_TALK

    YEAH HIS NAME IS RIGHT HAMMER HEAD,GO SIT YO 2 LEGIT TO QUIT AA?SS DOWN SOMEWHERE WHY WOULD ANYBODY WANT TO HEARS IDEAS FROM A MAN HO BLEW 50 MILLION IN 2 WEEKS TELL ME WHY YALL?????

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  • myopinionmatterz

    ahh please regulate comments to those with “something” to say, when it comes to important matters. when other artist arent saying anything, good look Hammer; how many people have ur favorite rappers employed? 

    oh yeah, to make the master listen, stop spending with the master…………………