Around 10:30pm on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 24 SFPD officers surrounded OccupySF’s Market & Montgomery demonstration site; seized all protest materials, except for a table and a few flyers; and arrested two individuals under 647e, California’s “‘lodging’ without permission of the owner” code.
The raid marked the first assault on OccupySF’s 594 Market St demonstration site and a new tactic by SFPD of holding protest materials for evidence, instead of passing the materials off on DPW who are notorious for losing valuable items.
Unfortunately, District Attorney Gascon has a year to file the charges and the property may be held as long, depriving OccupySF of necessary media equipment and outreach materials. OccupySF has suffered the loss of thousands of dollars of equipment and countless protest signs, in the past, and recently submitted 5 claims to The City for some of the damages…which could be the cause of the recent unusual procedures.
OccupySF’s 594 Market St demonstration site still remains, despite last nights molestation, interference and arrests, and all parties are out of custody. Please stay tuned for updates on the legal battles, OccupyJustice has begun. Expect us.