Sheriff's Office Lists Complaints Against Occupy Santa Cruz

Sheriff Phil Wowak is building a case against the Occupy movement, which has taken over the side of the courthouse and San Lorenzo Park.


There have been roughly 85 disruptive and criminal activities in
Santa Cruz allegedly associated with the 'Occupy Santa Cruz' encampment  during the past month, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office announced last week.

The disruptive incidents include fights, an assault on a
maintenance worker, thefts, drug use, vandalism, and restroom flooding in and around the Santa Cruz County Government Center, according to the sheriff's office.

The incidents also include harassment, public drunkenness,
urination and defecation, bathing in public sinks, use of and damage to power outlets, and camping outside permitted areas.

The sheriff's office released a statement today saying that since Oct. 6 deputies have distributed notices of unlawful lodging, issued citations, and made several arrests on the courthouse steps where the protesters assemble.

"The Sheriff's Office supports the rights of freedom of speech and assembly," the statement read.

It went on to say that the office recognizes "there are
individuals who have opportunistically associated themselves with 'Occupy Santa Cruz' as cover for criminal and anti-social behavior."

--Bay City News--

Linda Milgate November 21, 2011 at 08:43 PM
I should add that I appreciate how difficult this is for our police, part of the 99% and we don't want them to be laid off because of budget cuts. We want them to be able to deal with our community problems without being under unnecessary stress in a positive manner. Just had to say!
Mac November 21, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Yes, Daniel it is "MotherLove" - maybe tougher love at times than others. It's been devastating to say the least! B well..
Daryl Tempesta November 22, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Direct Democracy is the purest from of Speech. Our worth is measured by the way we treat the most vulnerable and disenfranchised. There are lots of reasons why we should not help others but there are more important reasons why we should, and that is you never know when it will be your turn. The kindness and patience extended now becomes the destination you will land if it happens to you or your family or friends. It's time to show compassion instead participating in a smear campaign against a group of people who are more like us all than many want to admit - and the message machines would prefer remain polarized. The time to come together and protect your neighbor is now. We need the Denver owned Sentinel to become local once again so we can have local voices and local representation of the issues. Turn off the Denver Sentinel. 100% Fairness for 100% of the people.
Willow November 22, 2011 at 09:54 PM
While I knew that the Sentinel is no longer locally owned/operated, I was not aware it was an out-of-state publisher who controlled it, and thus the San Jose Mercury News. I do agree that a local newspaper, such as the Sentinel was, is far better than an outsourced one disguising itself as local. The Sentinel has become a sad shadow of its former self. However, wanting and doing are two far different things. It takes money to operate a newspaper, especially a successful one. It's far more than the coins in the newspaper kiosks or the costs of the delivery people. When a newspaper cannot support itself, and make a profit to continue to support itself, it folds, or is taken over by some entity which can keep it going. If there were such an organization within Santa Cruz who/which could establish and maintain a daily paper, I would be 100% behind him/her/it. Who is going to step forward and chance sponsoring/running a newspaper, especially in these times when a great number of people prefer getting their news via television or the Internet? The printed word, sad to say, is fast becoming archaic.
Robert Norse November 22, 2011 at 10:13 PM


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