Occupy Oakland protester Aiyahnna Johnson is hauled away by police after police informed her and dozens of others that they couldn't camp in downtown Oakland early on October 25, 2011. Photot by Demian Bulwa/ San Francisco Chronicle
Demian Bulwa and Henry K. Lee reported this morning that Oakland police arrested dozens of people at a plaza outside City Hall and at a second, smaller camp nearby, two weeks after the protesters launched their efforts as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement against corporate greed and economic inequality.
At about 4:57 a.m., officers began making arrests and removing tents and makeshift shelters at the Occupy Oakland protest at Frank Ogawa Plaza near 14th Street and Broadway. By 5:05 a.m., the bulk of the arrests had been completed, and arrestees were led away in plastic handcuffs.
One of those arrested, Aiyahnna Johnson, 30, of Oakland, had been living at the camp with her 2-year-old daughter. The child was not present this morning.
"We want the best for you guys, that's all," she told the two officers who were leading her away.
At 6:15 a.m., police then arrested at least six protesters at a smaller encampment at Snow Park at 19th and Harrison streets near Lake Merritt. One man went limp, but those arrests also happened quickly and without incident amid cries of protest by onlookers yelling, "Cops! Pigs! Murderers!"
As she was led away by police from Snow Park, Mindy Stone, 43, said, "I'm not camping, I'm demonstrating. What they're doing today is disgraceful."
It appeared that most of the arrests outside City Hall took place without incident. But one man was shown on television actively resisting by kicking his legs and yelling. Two officers calmly escorted him away. An officer fired a non-lethal projectile from a shotgun at a protester who had lobbed a bottle, authorities said.
Protesters said the police action did not mean that Occupy Oakland was over. Some said they would return to the plaza. At 6:40 a.m., however, police began erecting metal barricades around the plaza.