Oakland May Day, 2012: OPD “Snatch Team” Arrest
After the crowd had been dispersed from 14th & Broadway, fellow livestreamer CourtneyOccupy & Pirate encountered what seems to be one of an undetermined number of roving OPD “snatch teams” prowling the streets of the 510. This may or may not be part of the “new tactics” Chief Jordan planned to roll out for May Day
It’s not strictly illegal to have rocks in your pocket, and the two men standing on the corner didn’t seem to be doing anything more suspicious that dressing in all-black on May Day in Oakland. That seems like sketchy probable cause at face-value.
If OPD had some specific intelligence that they were arresting a specific person for a specific crime, that’s one thing.
But just rolling up on people dressed in all-black, that’s kinda fucked up, even by Oakland standards.