Way back in 2003, current interim police chief for the Oakland Police Department Howard Jordan was recorded discussing the need to be "way ahead of the curve" when it comes to protests in his city. At the time, he was referring to the Port of Oakland protest, but here we are eight years later and his words, "if you put people in [the movement] from the beginning, I think we'll be able to gather the information and maybe even direct them to do something we want them to do," are causing some concern among East Bay Occupiers. As the video below shows, at least two officers have been spotted around Occupy Oakland disguised as a fixie-riding hip-hop enthusiast and a Raiders fan:
Before we jump to conclusions though, we should point out that there's always a chance these guys could have been off-duty and supporting the protests in their free time. Even if they're working for the man, they're still part of the 99%, after all. And hey: if Occupy Wall Street can have their Hipster Cop, why can't Oakland can have a fixie-riding Hip-Hop Cop and a Raiders Fan cop? That seems fair.