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Tensions Between Occupiers and Police Intensify In U.S. Cities

November 14, 2011  | 

Tensions between Occupiers and police intensified over the weekend in Portland, Oakland, Denver, and other U.S. cities as municipalities stepped up their efforts to remove the protesters from city property.

In several of the incidents, officers were assaulted by protesters.

In San Francisco, two officers were attacked in separate incidents at The Embarcadero and Broadway where San Francisco Police were attempting to hold the line against protesters. In the first incident, a female attacked an officer with an razor blade attached to a pencil-like object. In the second attack, a male demonstrator grabbed an officer's radio from his duty belt. The officer's uniform was torn, and he suffered an injury to his cheek while attempting to retrieve the radio, reports the San Francisco Examiner.

In Denver, three Occupy protesters were arrested Sunday after scuffling with police. A Denver Police officer and Colorado state trooper were injured during a shoving match when the officers attempted to move a table being used to serve food, reports the Denver Post.

Oakland again showed its combustible potential, as Oakland Police again cleared the tent city outside of City Hall. Hundreds of officers converged before dawn on the encampment at 14th Street and Broadway to arrest 32 Occupiers, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Over the weekend, an activist with Berkeley CopWatch posted a video showing Oakland Police Officer Fred Shavies and another officer attending Occupy protests in plainclothes. The video, which went viral, included a soundtrack with audio from 2003 of acting chief Howard Jordan telling the police board of review that the agency infiltrated an anti-war group at that time.

To respond to claims that he was infiltrating the group, Officer Shavies agreed to a video interview with a photographer to respond to the CopWatch video. In the interview, Officer Shavies said he sympathizes with protesters, reports the New York Times.

The weekend's high arrest count came in Portland, Ore., where 51 protesters were taken into custody. Officers decked out in riot gear didn't use tear gas or rubber bullets, reports The Oregonian.

Salt Lake City Police on Saturday cleared the Occupy SLC campsite at Pioneer Park, and Occupiers vacated the park nonviolently. Several were handcuffed, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

Comments (5)

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bill @ 11/14/2011 7:10 PM

I am wondering where you got the wording for your story.

I witnessed the Denver police "moving" tables. They used their boots to kick them over (I have video, and there is plenty on You Tube also). I can understand the occupiers scuffling over the tactics employed by the DPD.

I can empathize with 70 percent of the protesters, but about 30 percent of them are anarchists and were incredibly hostile to the police.

I think the whole thing could have been avoided if the occupiers had elected a human, instead of a dog, to deal with the government. He is cute and charismatic, but not great with dialogue.

I saw excessive hostility towards the police by the anarchist types. I also saw the kicking over of the tables, that were loaded with hot food by the police.

I think both groups were itching for a fight. The police were sick of the lack of respect they were shown, and the anarchists are just anarchists.

TimFromLA @ 11/14/2011 7:40 PM

Maybe this is what the handlers of the local govt want. The corporations? The basic philosophy of the Occupiers is to regain control of Wall Street. That we are all the 99%. Prior to the Occupation, LEOs nationwide were on the verge of layoffs. With no money, civilians and sworn were being laid off because of no budget. Yet if you look at the budget, for example Wisconsin, Gov Scott Walker gave tax breaks to corporations. Corporations like: McDonalds, Wal Mart, Burger King and so on. Scott Walker is trying to close a $3.5 billion budget gap by cutting programs...LEOs are not immune to the cuts and give tax breaks to corporation. The people said


So they started to Occupy. Now the Occupation is in all seven continent and yes, in Antarctic too: So the people on Wall Street who were originally drinking champagne are spitting it out. They are panicking. The Occupation moved 1 million accounts from big banks to credit unions and community banks at the amount of $4.5 billion. Not much from the scheme of things, but large nonetheless. So now what are the banksters doing? Pressuring LEO management to go after the Occupiers and even though the Occupiers support the union-supported LEOs, the LEOs are doing the opposite.

So how can we end the tension? Get every union rep to visit an Occupation and talk. Get to know these people. Because if the people are silenced, then watch how your job will go bye bye.

TimFromLA @ 11/14/2011 7:43 PM

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Well I rewrote it:

When the banksters came for the homeowner,
I remained silent;
I was not a homeowner.

When they locked up the protestors,
I remained silent;
I was not a protestor

When they came for the unions,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Occupiers,
I remained silent;
I wasn't an Occupier.

When they came for the LEOs,
there was no one left to speak out.

Think this is all bull? Drop out of your union and see if your pogues will treat you fairly.

o @ 11/14/2011 11:38 PM

Time to arrest the occupy scum and treat them as enemy combatants. These socialist gutter rats don't deserve the freedoms that America offers them.

Bill @ 11/15/2011 12:38 AM

Enemy combatants for occupying public land. Give me a break.

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