Rogue Occupy SF tagger's next canvas may be jail cell 

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The writing’s certainly on the wall for this Occupy protester.

An Occupy San Francisco protester facing charges after police allegedly saw him scrawling on walls during an April takeover of a Tenderloin building is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday for a similar crime he committed just a week before, prosecutors said.

During a Feb. 10 protest, Richard Barksdale, 43, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was arrested for allegedly kicking and denting a police car. A jury found him not guilty.

The same jury, however, convicted him of misdemeanor vandalism for writing on the walls of the vacant Cathedral Hill Hotel on March 25, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

In court, he testified that the building belonged to Mother Earth, so he was entitled to write on it, prosecutors said.
Then in April, at an Occupy takeover of 888 Turk St., a building owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, police reportedly saw Barksdale writing graffiti that caused $1,200 in damage.

He apparently wrote the name he is known by, “Dr. Love,” on the wall, Bastian said.

He faces up to a year in  jail for the March 25 vandalism charge.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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