Cops Raid Occupy Oakland Protests

    View of tents erected in front of Oakland City Hall as part of the "Occupy Oakland" protest Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Ben Margot / AP Photo

    Angry Oaklanders will have to sleep elsewhere. Dozens of Occupy Oakland protesters were arrested overnight Tuesday when 200 police officers stormed their tent city and dismantled it. Eighty-five people were arrested in the raid. Police also tore up the demonstrators’ cardboard signs and overturned couches. After the raid, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan issued a statement saying that the area would be reopened during normal park hours for peaceful protests—but “over the last week it was apparent that neither the demonstrators nor the city could maintain safe and sanitary conditions” at the encampment.

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