The cops came in the middle of the night and gave everyone 5 minutes to pack up and leave. After that five minutes was up they took all of the personal property of the Occupiers and destroyed it.
There have been reports of cops pushing people off the sidewalks and into the streets and then arresting them for illegally being in the street.
Mayor Lee released a weirdo statement after the arrest simultaneously supporting and condemning OccupySF.
Mayor Lee Releases Statement On Early Morning Occupy SF Raid (Slideshow, Video): News: SFAppeal
In an interview on KRON4 broadcast, Suhr says officials made the decision to raid the encampment late Tuesday afternoon, "negotiations broke down in that there were no emails going back and forth any more with Director Nuru from DPW, who took the lead on this collaboration, and what with the unprovoked attacks on officers last Thursday, the situation appeared to be deteriorating inside the camp and outside the camp."
Well over 100 officers, said Suhr, participated in this morning's raid. He says that when SFPD arrived, they a dispersal order was made by loudspeaker.
Suhr said occupiers had "5 or 10 minutes" to leave, and that "about half the camp" left immediately. Those remaining were arrested.
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The Chronicle has more details on the breakdown of arrests and charges: they quote SFPD spokesperson Officer Albie Esparza as saying that 30 occupiers were arrested in the initial raid, and another 40 were arrested when they blocked Market Street.
They were all arrested "suspicion of illegal lodging and camping in a public park," reports the Chron, except for the two mentioned earlier, who allegedly threw a chair and an SFPD officer. Those suspects were arrested for felony assault on a police officer.
According to Mission Local, "there were a number of incidents where SFPD used force against protesters," including an occupier who reports that "police threw him to the ground and rubbed his face into the pavement," before arresting him.
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