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Breaking: Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets At Occupy Oakland – VIDEO

Breaking: Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets At Occupy Oakland – VIDEO

It all started peacefully, just over two weeks ago, as Occupy Oakland activists set up an encampment opposite Oakland City Hall, joining with the numerous camps around the country to protest against corporate greed and a wide range of other economic issues.

Tensions had been building between the city and protesters since last week as officials complained about what they described as deteriorating safety, sanitation and health issues within the camp.

Pre-Dawn Raid Destroys Camp

But it all escalated rapidly with a pre-dawn raid on Tuesday, October 25, when police evicted the protestors, destroying belongings such as tents and sleeping bags and establishing their own presence.

On Tuesday evening, the protestors came back, determined to retake their encampment.

From The San Francisco Chronicle:

The evening protest started around 5 p.m., when about 400 people began marching from the main library at 14th and Madison streets toward the plaza, which police had barricaded and city officials had declared would be closed for at least several days.

Police gave repeated warnings to protesters to disperse from the entrance to Frank Ogawa Plaza at 14th Street and Broadway before firing several tear gas canisters into the crowd at about 7:45 p.m. Police had announced over a loudspeaker that those who refused to leave could be targeted by “chemical agents.”

Protesters scattered in both directions on Broadway as the tear gas canisters and several flash-bang grenades went off. Regrouping, protesters tried to help one another and offered each other eye drops.

One wounded woman, who others said had been hit by one of the canisters, was carried away by two protesters.

One protester, 35-year-old Jerry Smith, said a tear gas canister had rolled to his feet and sprayed him in the face.

Several Rounds Of Tear Gas

Police forcibly dispersed the crowd with tear gas again about 9:30 p.m., when protesters began throwing objects at them. As protesters scattered, police closed off a main thoroughfare.

Minutes later, protesters regrouped and began throwing objects again. Police responded by firing more tear gas canisters.

Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters at a late night news conference that authorities had no other choice, saying the protesters were throwing rocks and bottles at officers.”We had to deploy gas to stop the crowd,” he said, according to a KCBS report.

You can watch the video below, and see what you think. Did police really have to use tear gas?

The number of protesters diminished with each round of gas. About 200 remained late Tuesday, protecting themselves from the noxious fumes with bandanas and scarves wrapped around their faces.

On Wednesday morning, authorities removed about 170 demonstrators who had been staying in the area overnight. City officials said 97 people were arrested in the morning raid.

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2:19PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

I've witnessed the livestream at occupystream.com and read the chat. This is a peaceful movement--they want nothing to do with violence or talk of violence at all. They want to include the police with us in the 99%. They don't even want discussion of politics, drugs, religion or "-isms". If there were items thrown, we all know that there are individuals, (often planted instigators), who are there to intentionally cause trouble. Unfortunately, the police response has been way over the top. This looked more like Tahrir Square than Oakland--very sad. I consider those protesters who simply sit together, waiting to be arrested, as some of the bravest human beings I've ever seen, and my heart goes out to the young Veteran for Peace who's in critical condition. He served America in Iraq, and comes home to this.

11:45PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

If you saw this video without captions you'd think it was in Iraq or Afganistan!!!! ABOLSUTLY HORRIFYING! Governor Brown, who once esd the Mayor of Oakland, should publicaly denounce the police - as should the current mayor. The police chief should be FIRED!! All the cops whose helmet numbers were recited in another video should be suspended or fired. It's obvious from the video that not one but two flash ganades were thrown wantonly into the Good Sameritans who came to Scott's aid. These brave cops with their batons, combat boots and plastic shields protecting them from the defensless protestors are reminiscent of Storm Troopers from WWII!!!! How dare they unlawfully attack peaceful and unarmed people? Most cops are merely thugs with badges who love the power it gives them. And whose jobs are at stake besides the teachers, fire fighters? THE COPS! Duh! Brave and courageous? NO, they're cowards one and all. Let's see if they get the punishment they deserve! This looks like a battle scene from a horror movie!!!!

6:54PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

I don't think the police needed to do this at all.

2:21PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

There have been night time arrests at Occupy Seattle,but as far as I know no police violence ,especially not to this extent.Maybe Seattle police and political leaders learned the hard way from 1999's "Battle In Seattle". I sure hope so.

1:37PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Or as Ben Franklin said: "Those that give up personal liberty for security deserve neither"

1:37PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Ah, when the police become the terrorists! this is what happens when the Police think they answer to the wealthy and powerful. The Bullies and sadists amongst them feel free to enact reigns of terror in their overlord's name! This is what post 9/11 Amerika is. Police state for the Rich and Corporate Elite to dominate and we allowed it due to fears of terrorist attacks. Yet, we locked the door with the terrorists inside with us!

12:53PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Oink, oink, oink...looks like a POLICE RIOT! Every single instance of police brutality and other abuses of power needs to be documented and placed on multiple sites online.

11:40AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Send the police home and allow the protest to go on peacefully.

11:29AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

failed state.

11:22AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

According to AlterNet's Joshua Holland who was at the protest to report on it,those protesters who attempted to obey the order to disperse kept finding their way blocked by police everywhere else.Holland also reports that a flash grenade exploded about 300 feet from him leaving him shaken for more than an hour.Despite this and the video clearly showing the flash grenades exploding,Oakland Police denied using this. This is why think their claim that they had rocks,etc.,thrown at them,is a lie,especially since there is no video evidence of this. How sad about Iraq veteran Scott Olsan.

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