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Occupy Santa Cruz Protesters Confront Deputy Police Chief and Say They Plan to Reoccupy Public Grounds

Here's a video put up by Occupy protesters of a confrontation with Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark. What do you think of this argument preserved on video?

Occupy Santa Cruz protesters took to the street outside the Wells Fargo Bank on River Street Wednesday, complaining about the indictments of 11 of their members who took over and vandalized an empty bank building at 75 River St. in November.

Alex Darocy, who is up on trespass charges and was seen covering the bank's windows with cardboard on the night of the takeover,  recorded this confrontation with Deputy Chief Steve Clark and posted it on YouTube.

On their Facebook page, after midnight Friday, the Occupiers said they were going to re-occupy again with a 24-hour presence.

"Re-establishing 24 hour presence:

Much enthusiasm for re-establishing. Strategy discussed, legal
angles.

**Proposal to attempt to re-occupy tonight.

Result: consensus**

Announcements:
Rush Tent Monster is back!"

They also wrote about their back and forth with the police:

"Agenda:

1. Discussion of yesterday’s action:

Review: Yesterday was OSC concensed upon action by Direct Action Working Group. We gathered at Wells Fargo at 3pm and maintained our protest for over three hours. Wells Fargo was shut down for 2 1/2 hours – they closed for the day. The police showed up in force and harassed demonstrators for a brief period of time.

A Media Group member was viewing livestream and live tweeting. Media group will be publishing account of police harassment. Very offended by the way peaceful protesters were treated.

Another Occupier encouraged autonomous action to mask up at such events. Police were walking around yesterday with cameras. Request not to call masked persons by name on livestream."

David Schlesinger February 25, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I watched the entire thing, three times, Roxanne. I'm not too impressed with OSC's efforts to hold Clark to a standard of respect which you're not apparently willing to hold yourselves to. That's just another hypocrisy, like the efforts to keep _real_ journalists from doing their jobs, and the censorship of comments, and people, on the various OSC Facebook pages and the OSC web site. If you folks are hoping to build up broader support in the community, I have to gently suggest that this isn't the way to go about it.
David Schlesinger February 25, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I'd like to hear more about this "deeper issue". What's the "community benefit" inherent in a building with graffiti-emblazoned paper on all the windows and barricaded doors? What was the "community benefit" on leading a crowd of people on a march advertised as going to a "home in foreclosure", when it actually wound up at a commercial property that was not in foreclosure? Is there some "deeper" "community benefit" in lying to people?
Willow February 25, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Once upon a time, I participated in an opinion poll taking on a certain product. There was a set of standarized questions, followed by the final line of whether or not the interviewee approved of the product. The polls were turned in to the office of a professionla poll taking company. The polls were sorted into stacks of positives and negatives. The positives were then piles of 9. Then one from the negative stack was added to the 9 positives. The final results were the infamous "9 out of 10 people agree..." This is how polls, any poll, can be manipulated to achieve the wanted result. Take it for what you will, but I seriously doubt that "9 out of 10 people" support the OCS movement in its present form.
David Schlesinger February 25, 2012 at 07:34 PM
A recent Rasmussen poll showed that more than half of the respondents viewed OWS unfavorably at this point. Make of that what you will. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/january_2012/51_see_occupy_wall_street_protesters_as_public_nuisance
David Schlesinger February 25, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I remember how there wasn't enough room for everyone on the courthouse steps back in October and early November. Where'd all those people go...?

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