Oakland developer Phil Tagami is used to working behind the scenes to broker some of the biggest deals in town. Late Wednesday, he was using different persuasive skills - holding a loaded shotgun to scare away rioters trying to get into a downtown building.There was some graffiti painted on the outside, and I imagine the sidewalk was a bit defiled when he racked that shotgun, but just like the Korean shopkeepers in L.A. in 1992 who protected their stores from rioters, this guy saved his building from further demage.
"We had people who were attempted to break into our building," the landmark Rotunda Building on Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, Tagami said Thursday. He grabbed a shotgun that he usually keeps at home, went down to the ground floor and "discouraged them," he said.
"I was standing there and they saw me there, and I lifted it - I didn't point it - I just held it in my hands," Tagami said. "And I just racked it, and they ran."
Friday, November 04, 2011
When #OccupyOakland devolved into a riot a number of downtown buildings were vandalized and broken into. But not this one: