Police warn Occupy SF campers of arrests 

click to enlarge San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr wrote a letter to Occupy SF demonstrators that they were violating city codes regarding overnight camping and using open flames. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner) - SAN FRANCISCO POLICE CHIEF GREG SUHR WROTE A LETTER TO OCCUPY SF DEMONSTRATORS THAT THEY WERE VIOLATING CITY CODES REGARDING OVERNIGHT CAMPING AND USING OPEN FLAMES. (MIKE KOOZMIN/THE EXAMINER)
  • San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr wrote a letter to Occupy SF demonstrators that they were violating city codes regarding overnight camping and using open flames. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)
  • San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr wrote a letter to Occupy SF demonstrators that they were violating city codes regarding overnight camping and using open flames. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)

Despite telling Occupy SF demonstrators the Police Department had “no future plans to go into the demonstration,” the camp on Tuesday evening received a letter from Chief Greg Suhr saying participants are subject to arrest, according to the group’s website.

The letter cites code violations such as overnight camping and using open flames in Justin Herman Plaza, the park the group has taken up residence in since early October.

City officials warn of unsanitary conditions.

Occupiers posted a response saying they already discontinued use of open flames for cooking until they can obtain a permit. The group was notified Tuesday morning that their permit request was denied.

The letter also said the Police Department supports free-speech rights, but failure to comply with the law subjects protesters to arrest.

The letter was delivered the same day Supervisor John Avalos introduced a resolution to the Board of Supervisors calling for support of the protesters by allowing them to stay in the plaza. It also calls on Mayor Ed Lee, the Recreation and Park Department, the Public Works Department and police to be “flexible” and “collaborate” with demonstrators.

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