On Wednesday, August 16, at about 7am, a convoy of unmarked federal vehicles rolled up in West Oakland and over two dozen armed Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents stormed a Latina home, supposedly in service of a warrant for the “human trafficking of juveniles.”
Image: First arrestee removed from the house about 8:10am, not related to warrant but over immigration documentation
Originally published by Indy Bay.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
Photos and Further Details from the August ICE/HSI/OPD Raid in West Oakland
On Wednesday, August 16, at about 7am, a convoy of unmarked federal vehicles rolled up in West Oakland and over two dozen armed Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents stormed a Latina home, supposedly in service of a warrant for the “human trafficking of juveniles.” Oakland police participated by blocking the street to through traffic, despite legislation passed by the Oakland city council in July rescinding the department’s authorization to work with ICE on immigration matters. Almost immediately after the raid commenced, neighbors began spreading the word of what was going down on their block. Eventually, the media presence grew to include television cameras and protesters demonstrated in the street to show support for the family. If HSI or OPD were hoping the raid would go off quietly, they chose the wrong house.
Image: Two armed HSI agents wearing protective gear over plain clothes enter a West Oakland home about 7:10am (August16).
Defensive over their participation in the raid, OPD initially declared to the media that the warrant being served was for “child sex trafficking,” which couldn’t be further from the truth. OPD later updated their statement to “human trafficking of juveniles,” but the damage was done with TV news stations running with the original salacious smear against the family in their noon broadcasts. Even human trafficking, though, conjures up images of modern day slavery, when the most likely “crime” HSI would be investigating in this case is assisting undocumented persons coming to the U.S.
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Two men were arrested for immigration-related matters, nothing to do with the warrant. The first was released later the same day because he did have immigration paperwork in process. The other, with no immigration documentation, was not released until August 30, after being held for two full weeks at the West County Detention Center in Richmond, California. He was released on a $5000 bond, pending his appearance at future immigration hearings.
Image: Family and other residents were handcuffed and held captive for over four hours. Family members have thanked this reporter for being on the scene so quickly, noting that once federal agents saw a camera present, they began to be a little more gentle. The photographer bring this up not to pat himself on the back, but to illustrate the importance of documenting raids such as this.
Image: Agent brings containers into raided house
Image: OPD officer stationed in front of the house, at the head of convoy of unmarked vehicles.
Image: By 7:30am, agents began emerging from the house with bullet proof vests removed
Image: Lots of milling around in front of the house early on, most have no badges by this point
Image: Agents freely come and go in and out of house
Image: OPD at the tail end of unmarked vehicle convoy, blocking street to through traffic
Image: Plain clothes bald agent Mark asked not to be photographed: “We’re working here.” Other agent enjoys himself. Agents were commonly seen smiling and joking as they came and went early on, that is until the TV cameras arrived.
Image: Oakland police sergeant O. Ashford came to scene to appease a neighbor with questions. There was no OPD Press Information Officer present. Sergeant Ashford said he has no details, same as the other cops. HSI agents wouldn’t identify themselves or even their badge numbers when asked. Only “Mark” gave a name, referring questions to James Schwab, spokesman for ICE in San Francisco, at (415) 305-1833.
Images: First sign of resistance, chalk on sidewalk and street: “Oakland Is Not a Sanctuary,” Get ICE Out” and “Dont Talk To Cops.”
Image: When TV cameras arrived, ICE agents remained inside, not coming and going from the house
Image: “Mark” hangs with OPD’s Ashford and raid cop
Image: Agent photographs those outside with an iPhone
Image: First protest sign: No Person Is Illegal
Image: Second immigration-related arrestee removed from the house about 10:30am
Image: One agent with no badge or identifying marks mills around incognito in the street
Image: By 11am, the contingent of solidarity protesters was growing, here by OPD cruiser
Image: Still growing crowd in the street
Image: At about 11:20am, agents re-emerge with boxes and scatter as quickly as possible
Image: Homeland Security has their own custom printed boxes. Your tax dollars at work.
Image: Perp walk: Most agents wore caps, sunglasses, and hoodies to casually conceal identities
Image: Agents can’t get away from cameras and into their vehicles fast enough
Image: Within 2-3 minutes, all agents and stolen possessions are loaded up and gone
Image: Laura comes outside in tears to address falsehoods spread by OPD
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Image: We L❤️ve Our Neighbors — and it was neighbors who rose up and spread the word
Image: The marked OPD and unmarked HSI convoy
Image: At least 25 ICE agents participated in this raid. Your tax dollars at work.
If you witness an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in progress in Alameda County or San Francisco, notify the following rapid response hotlines as soon as possible. Trained volunteers will come to the scene to document and provide early support for effected families.
• Alameda County rapid response network (ACILEP): 510-241-4011
• San Francisco hotline to report ICE raids: 415-200-1548
For more information on the August 16 West Oakland raid, please see the following links.
Is OPD Still Cooperating with Deportations?
An Open Letter to Oakland’s Elected Officials from Oakland Privacy Working Group
ICE Raids Home in West Oakland with OPD Assist
ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations Unit Raids Oakland Home, Arrests Two https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/08/25/18802208.php
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