Tear gas, concussion grenades and less-lethal munitions were fired on a march of at least 1,000 people in downtown Oakland last night who were in an uproar over the forcible eviction of the Occupy Oakland encampment early yesterday morning. As of late last night, Oakland Police say they arrested 102 people–97 at the encampment eviction and 5 later on in the day. Some of those arrested were released from the North County and Santa Rita jails last night while chaos erupted on the streets.
The crowd swelled to almost 2,000 at one point as it wound its way through downtown Oakland from police headquarters at 7th Street, where demonstrators clashed with police and five people were taken into custody. At several points in the evening, the crowd faced off against an array of officers from the Oakland Police Department, San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and Palo Alto Police Department. Seventeen law enforcement agencies in total were called out for the mutual aid response yesterday. Oakland Police did not respond to queries about the cost of the mutual aid operation, but similar call-outs for Oscar Grant protests last fall cost around $500,000 in logistics and police overtime.
Several protesters are reportedly receiving medical attention at Highland Hospital in the wake of clashes with riot police. Among them is Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old Marine Corps veteran and a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, was struck in the head with either a tear gas canister or a less-lethal round. Olsen served two tours in Iraq in 2006 and 2007 with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines and is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace. He is reportedly in critical condition at Highland Hospital with a skull fracture and swelling of the brain
Protesters kept returning to the police line despite at least five volleys of concussion grenades, tear gas and less-lethal projectiles. Another rally is expected at 6 PM at 14th and Broadway later today.
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Two unidentified women plead with police not to use force as others hold up peace signs.
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Navy Veteran Joshua Shepard, of San Francisco, holding the Constitution in front of a police line