They took a few steps forward and I racked the shotgun and they left. It’s sort of the universal ‘Don’t come any farther’ sign.
November 3, 2011
Oakland developer Phil Tagami keeps protesters at bay — with a shotgun
About eight men and women dressed in black, faces covered in bandannas and armed with hammers, sticks and poles had just barged down the doors of Oakland’s landmark Rotunda Building — with another dozen behind them — when they were turned back by a tenant with a shotgun and an attitude.
Tagami said he phoned the mayor’s office and began communicating with senior staff around 10:45 p.m. voicing his concerns. Yet police were nowhere in sight, he said.
At around 11 p.m., a group of protesters began forcing the glass front doors back and forth before they opened partially. Before they could move much further, Tagami lifted his shotgun. He insists he did not point the gun at anyone, just positioned it in front of him and cocked it.
After the group cleared out, Tagami continued checking in with the mayor’s office and at 12:14 a.m., the assistant city manager phoned to tell him the police were moving in.
[Via email from Rob.
Also worthy of note is that they did 100’s of thousands of dollars in damage to the exterior of the building.
Also applicable are the following observations:
- Phil Tagami executed on an appropriate plan for the redistribution of lead. (Rob, in his email)
- When seconds count the police are only 90 minutes away.
- Why are liberals so violent?
- Did I miss something or was the name of the group not mentioned in the article. I gather it was not the Tea Party!
- This is the universal hand signal for GO AWAY!
- I think this guy just said “occupy my shotgun”
I do have to give the police some benefit of the doubt. A single patrol car and officer could have easily been taken out by a mob of that size and nature. It probably calls for a large group of police or else sniper fire from a few blocks away. Approval for sniper fire isn’t going to be given by that mayor at this time and assembling and deploying the riot police is going to take some time. 90 minutes may not have been out of line.—Joe]