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Police Raid and Destroy Occupy Santa Cruz Encampment in San Lorenzo Park
On December 8th at about 7 a.m., approximately 100 police from across Santa Cruz County outfitted in riot gear raided the Occupy Santa Cruz encampment in San Lorenzo Park. The City of Santa Cruz and Police Department issued an evacuation notice on Monday, Dec. 5th to cease and desist all camping activity on Wednesday, Dec. 7th before 5 p.m.. Occupy Santa Cruz held a general assembly on Wednesday evening, and only a small number of people remained in San Lorenzo Park overnight.
The agencies conducting the raid included the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, police departments from Santa Cruz, Capitola, Scotts Valley, Watsonville and UC Santa Cruz, according to a State Park Ranger who was blocking pedestrian and press access to cross the Water Street Bridge. Rangers, along with City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation, were also dismantling tents inside the park. Employees of First Alarm, a private security and policing corporation, were present as well.
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"Under arrest" photos are of my daughter. I am appalled that she was arrested and given $25000 bail on a misdemeanor charge. The allegations of her leadership in the 75 Water action are false. I support my daughter and condemn the judicial system and police department for an unfair and biased action.
The 6 people arrested are out of jail and are scheduled to be arraigned at 8 am December 12th at the SC Courthouse. My daughter is in fear because of media reports that she is a leader of the 75 Water St action. Her phone has been seized as "evidence." Many thanks to attorney, Allison Cole, who has been instrumental in the Occupy SC protesters' release. I thank everyone who has supported the Occupy Movement in Santa Cruz. I am proud of all of you.
Mr. Ripley: I am the President of the local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and the coordinator of the legal hotline. Both Allison Cole and I have the understanding that all charges were dropped and that no one is being arraigned on Monday. To my knowledge, no attorney is planning to be present in Santa Cruz court on Monday morning. If people are being arraigned on Monday morning and they wish to have an attorney present, they must contact either Ms. Cole or the legal hotline (831-373-3327) to request legal counsel.