- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 2, 2014

A dog belonging to Occupy activists “announced” Thursday that it is running for mayor of Oakland, California, in an effort to shed a light on local police for alleged animal brutality.

“What gets under my collar is Oakland City officials not doing their job, and police not being prosecuted for beating and killing innocent beautiful creatures,” Einstein the dog’s team wrote in a press release, from Einstein’s point of view, Mediaite reported.

Einstein claims he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder due to brutality he experienced during an Occupy rally.

“While participating in peaceful rallies and marches, along with humans, I have been tear gassed, and had a flash-bang grenade explode just a few paw-strides away from me,” the release said.

Einstein’s owners told a local CBS affiliate that they don’t expect the dog to win, but hoped to use his candidacy as “a commentary on how difficult it is to hold any individual accountable for running the city.”

Occupiers gathered Thursday morning on the steps of City Hall to lay out their platform, which reportedly included maximum wage limits and criminal penalties for people with “excessive” wealth.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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