Riot-clad Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies began removing tents from the Occupy Oakland encampment early Monday, executing eviction notices that had been given to protesters over the weekend.
While the deputies descended onto the camp, hundreds of other officers were surrounding the area. At least 20 people have been arrested.
Tension in has been building since Sunday night when police issued a fourth cease and desist order telling demonstrators they couldn’t camp in the plaza. The order said the protesters faced immediate arrest.
Let’s hope Mayor Quan doesn’t change her mind this time.
Remember when that guy was murdered at Occupy Oakland last week and the protesters claimed he wasn’t part of their group?
Shooting victim is tied to Occupy Oakland
Oakland police said Sunday that a man shot to death near the Civic Center on Thursday had been staying at the Occupy movement’s encampment, as had one suspect in the killing.
Many campers whose tents now crowd the City Hall plaza have said they did not believe the shooting was connected to Occupy Oakland and suggested that the city was using the incident as further justification to raze the encampment. Police have issued three eviction orders to campers since Friday, asserting that they are violating laws banning open fires, overnight camping in public parks and the use of propane, among other activities. The most recent “cease and desist” order was handed out to campers Sunday.
In an evening news release, police said the Alameda County ccoroner’s office has identified the man shot shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday as Kayode Ola Foster, 25. Foster’s family, the release said, confirmed to police investigators “that Foster had recently been staying at Frank Ogawa Plaza.”
According to police, witnesses say one suspect was a “frequent resident” at the camp for several days before the shooting. A second suspect is also being sought. The Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Via Hot Air:
Mayor Jean Quan’s legal adviser Dan Siegel has resigned as a result of today’s raid.
Quan and Siegel were student radicals at UC Berkeley back in the sixties. I guess they didn’t understand that you can be a radical or you can be part of the establishment, but not both.