Dozens arrested in Occupy Oakland police raid on camp 

click to enlarge Dozens of protesters were arrested early this morning when police raided the Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza, police said. (AP file photo) - DOZENS OF PROTESTERS WERE ARRESTED EARLY THIS MORNING WHEN POLICE RAIDED THE OCCUPY OAKLAND ENCAMPMENT IN FRANK OGAWA PLAZA, POLICE SAID. (AP FILE PHOTO)
  • Dozens of protesters were arrested early this morning when police raided the Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza, police said. (AP file photo)
  • Dozens of protesters were arrested early this morning when police raided the Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza, police said. (AP file photo)

Dozens of protesters were arrested early this morning when police raided the Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza, police said.

Police have not yet disclosed the total number of arrests but said they plan to do so later today.

Police arrest 75 Occupy Oakland protesters at City Hall.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued around 6:30 a.m., city officials advised people who work in downtown Oakland to delay the start of the workday “until further notice.”

The 12th Street BART station was shut down during the raid but had reopened by 6:30 a.m. AC Transit bus service was disrupted in the downtown area and detours were set up.

Two men who had been living at the camp at Broadway and 14th Street said they were arrested when officers outfitted in riot gear raided the plaza shortly before 5 a.m.

Speaking by cellphone from the back of a police van around 6 a.m., Brian Glasscock, a 20-year-old Oakland resident, said police had used a flash grenade and that he also saw tear gas. He claimed his tent was ripped apart.

He estimated that at least 50 people were arrested.

The second man, 23-year-old Berkeley resident Davonte Gaskin, said he had been camping with Occupy Oakland for four days, and that police had used batons to dismantle his tent before arresting him for camping in the plaza.

An Oakland resident who only gave her name as Kristina, 28, said she was tear-gassed and that people around her were hit by rubber bullets.

She said downtown Oakland is shut down and that protesters at a second Occupy Oakland camp at Snow Park at Lake Merritt expect to be raided by police.

Media footage showed police in riot gear lining up at Snow Park just before 7 a.m.

Kristina said those arrested in the plaza were being processed at the corner of 14th and Clay streets.

City officials said in a news release sent out this morning that Frank Ogawa Plaza had been “contained” by 5:30 a.m. and a cleanup operation was under way.

The news release stated that within a week of when the Occupy Oakland camp materialized, the city began receiving reports of fire hazards, sanitation problems, noise and unsafe structures being set up in the plaza.

By the second week, firefighters, police and paramedics were denied access to the camp and the city received a report that someone had been severely beaten, according to city officials.

“Sanitation conditions worsened, with frequent instances of public urination and defecation, as well as improper food storage,” the news release stated.

An existing rat problem in the plaza grew worse, and reports of public intoxication, fighting and sexual offenses increased, according to the city.

The city sent an eviction notice to protesters at Frank Ogawa Plaza last week, but most stayed put.

City officials said this morning that once the plaza is cleared, “peaceful daytime assembly” will still be allowed between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., but no camping will be permitted.

During this morning’s raid, mutual aid was provided by several East Bay law enforcement agencies.

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