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Tense Video of Occupy Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Police Standoff

Santa Cruz Police pulled out before things got out of hand.

A potential melee was quelled when police backed down and left the bank being held by 50 or more members of Occupy Santa Cruz. 

The Occupiers say they want to make the empty former Coast Commercial Bank, now owned by Wells Fargo, their winter headquarters.

Police spokesman Zach Friend said police left because they were outnumbered and didn't think it was safe.

Earlier, a line of officers tried to keep more people from entering the bank and then tried to enter it themselves, but Occupiers stacked office furniture to block the way.

Two people were arrested early on, said Friend, who didn't pass on the charges.

Occupiers said they planned to stay in the building and would peacefully resist arrest and link arms if they were forced to leave.

Michele December 01, 2011 at 06:07 PM
What a shame that we have become so politically correct that the police can't do their job with out fear of a lawsuit or worse. Why would anyone become a police officer in the current climate? Occupy Santa Cruz has NO RIGHT to a deserted building. Do YOU have the right to a deserted house that has been foreclosed upon? It's one thing to gather in protest to express an opinion and another to think you are above the law. Those participating in civil disobedience should expect that they would be arrested.
Ruth Valdez December 01, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Wall Street Banks like wells Fargo have occupied our economy and 'bought' our Congress, impoverishing and making homeless hundreds of thousands while taking taxpayer bailouts and paying their CEOs Million dollar bonuses. Occupying one of their empty buildings is a SYMBOLIC RETAKING of all of our right to a just government and economy . . and to be heard! THank you, Occupiers, for your courage in speaking up for the 99%! ruth
Cecilia Pace December 02, 2011 at 08:29 AM
I am so grateful for our police department keeping their cool and being respectful, and allowing the occupiers to remain. I've thought all along that emply buildings should/could be used for this purpose and for homelessness. I am very impressed with the way Santa Cruz officials and enforcement are handling the current situation.
Trixie December 02, 2011 at 09:47 PM
I read that the occupiers were bringing cleaning supplies to leave the place in as clean or cleaner than they found it condition. Why then are they throwing furniture that doesn't belong to them? Why is occupying or rather trespassing being being tolerated by the police? If you don't own it, stay out. If it's not yours, keep your paws off. Simple rules
Lori December 03, 2011 at 04:47 PM
These freaks must have been abandoned as children. Very pathetic! Can't wait to see them all be punished for the crimes they have committed...if they think they haven't committed any crimes well it just goes to show how truly STUPID each and everyone of them are!! I am a Santa Cruz local (born and raised) and it's an embarrassment to have these rejects as a part of OUR community! They're time will come...now that's a news segment I can't WAIT to see!!!!! HAHAHAHAAAAHAAA!!!!!
Lori December 03, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Oh please!! You wan't to blame someone blame that liberal idiot of a president that i'm sure you voted for!! This isn't a matter of "speaking up" it's a matter of being a lazy, unmotivated, underachiever who for whatever reason feels that are owed something! Well rude awakening!! Me and my husband work for a living and OUR tax dollars are being WASTED on these fools and the chaos they are causing! They police officers should be home with their families yet they are having to babysit these fools! I would be ashamed if one of my children ever became one of "them"!

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