Police Declare “Occupy Oakland” A “Crime Scene”
The only “crime” was “unlawful assembly,” yet the Oakland police used heavy-handed tactics to clear out protesters.
…hundreds of police showed up wearing riot gear around 4:40 a.m. and proceeded to surround the small tent city at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, which protesters have taken to calling “Oscar Grant Plaza” in honor of a young man who was gunned down for no apparent reason by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer almost three years ago.
Officers closed in on the camp within 20 minutes after donning gas masks, firing tear gas, rubber bullets and beanbags into the protest and lobbing flashbang grenades. “Dozens” were arrested, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
The Oakland Tribune reported that police successfully demolished the camp and cleaned out all their tents, a medical desk, a makeshift kitchen and more, after having declared the whole site a “crime scene,” even though no other crime than an “unlawful assembly” had occurred.Click here for reuse options!
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