Who’s Who of the Occupy Movement: Jean Quan, mayor of Oakland, California
On Oct. 25, Mayor Quan authorized more than 500 police officers to use tear gas, rubber bullets and batons to evict the Occupy Oakland camp. Hundreds of demonstrators were injured, including veteran Scott Olsen, who was hospitalized with fractures to his skull.
These authorizations came to force her legal advisor Dan Siegel, and Deputy Mayor Sharon Cornu, to resign. Later that day, nearly 1,000 marched in solidarity with the protesters who had been victims of police brutality and who had been evicted from the camp. The livestream of all these events were witnessed by more than 60,000 viewers.
Quan made the news again when she admitted during a BBC interview that a network of 18 city mayors coordinated to evict occupations across the country.
A petition to recall Quan’s position is currently in its third draft to qualify the measure for a November 2012 ballot vote.