Congratulations to the City of Oakland. It may be the crime capitol of California, it is one of the most mismanaged city in the State, if not nation, it is bankrupt, fired over 100 cops because they can not be afforded.  But, they have done one thing right—sued a criminal for the cost of vandalism.

““The City of Oakland is not a wealthy municipal government,” said Parker. “Not only does this behavior show profound disrespect for local businesses and residents who suffer when the City has to expend scarce resources to repair vandalized property, it shows real disdain for our city’s long tradition of peaceful protest.”

This one vandal, part of a gang called The Occupiers, caused over $6,000 in damage—hopefully, this will be the first of many lawsuits—then the hard part—the collection of the money.

A good idea would be to stop all government assistance to these gang members till they pay what they owe.

 

Oakland sues man who smashed windows during Occupy protest

San Francisco Business Times by Steven E.F. Brown, 3/7/12

Oakland sued Cesar Aguirre, a man arrested Nov. 3 after smashing windows of some police offices in City Hall plaza.

Barbara Parker, Oakland’s city attorney, said the lawsuit is to recover damages caused by Aguirre, who lives in Elk Grove.

“The City of Oakland is not a wealthy municipal government,” said Parker. “Not only does this behavior show profound disrespect for local businesses and residents who suffer when the City has to expend scarce resources to repair vandalized property, it shows real disdain for our city’s long tradition of peaceful protest.”

The suit, filed Feb. 27, says Aguirre smashed windows around 1 a.m. on Nov. 3 at the Oakland Police Department’s Internal Affairs and Recruiting office with a red, metal folding chair.

Oakland seeks $6,654.63 in damages for repairs, and could also seek punitive damages since Aguirre “damaged the public’s property intentionally and with malice.”

The city plans to file more Occupy lawsuits after it reviews other vandalism cases.

 

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