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Santa Cruz Co. Sheriff's Dept. Dismantles Occupy Santa Cruz Geodesic Dome and Structures at Courthouse
by Bradley Stuart (bradley [at] riseup.net)
Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 9:15 AM
On December 4th, approximately 60 officers with the Santa Cruz Co. Sheriff's Department dismantled the geodesic dome and other Occupy Santa Cruz structures which were on the steps of the county courthouse.

Photos to be published shortly
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Occupy Santa Cruz will hold their daily General Assembly today at 2pm on the courthouse steps.

For more information on Occupy Santa Cruz, please visit:
http://occupysantacruz.org/
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On December 4th, approximately 60 officers with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department conducted a predawn raid to dismantle the geodesic dome and other Occupy Santa Cruz structures which were on the steps of the county courthouse. Following the raid, Lieutenant Craig Wilson told people that they can demonstrate on the concrete, but are not allowed on the unpaved area which Sheriff's deputies surrounded with orange fencing. Lt. Wilson also stated that sleeping would be prohibited at the county courthouse, noting the City of Santa Cruz is apparently permitting people to sleep with tents in the adjacent San Lorenzo Park, which is the jurisdiction of the SCPD.

For more information on Occupy Santa Cruz, please visit:

Occupy Santa Cruz Helps Those Fallen Through the Cracks
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/21/18700650.php
§Wrapping up the Dome
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Sitting on Water
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§San Lorenzo Park Tents
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Watching and Documenting the Raid
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Sheriff
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Lieutenant Fred Plageman
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Water Street
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Sheriff's at Dawn
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Dishing Gossip with I. Patrick
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Pardon Politcal Captives
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Grass Fenced Off
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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:@) Walking on Water
§Occupy the Hood
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Cleaning Outside Courthouse
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Dancing Bear Hug
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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First Alarm Security & Patrol, Inc.
§Showing the Love
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Sheriff Rejects Hug
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Lieutenant Craig Wilson
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§Occupy Santa Cruz
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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§1st Amendment
by Bradley Stuart Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 1:41 PM
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Following the raid, Lieutenant Craig Wilson told people that they can demonstrate on the concrete, but are not allowed on the unpaved area which Sheriff's deputies surrounded with orange fencing. At that time, he spoke very vaguely about a new rule which would be posted regarding the right of the people to assemble peacefully at the Santa Cruz County Courthouse. According to a participant in Occupy Santa Cruz who called into Free Radio Santa Cruz, 101.3 FM at 7:20 PM on December 4th, Sheriff's are now enforcing a new rule stating that anyone at the courthouse after 7 PM is subject to arrest.

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by Buddy Noone
Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 11:48 PM
Santa Cruz County does not have a "Sheriff's Department." We have had a Sheriff's Office for over 161 years.

Black’s Law Dictionary, which defines the terms as follows:

Department: “One of the major divisions of the executive branch of the government…generally, a branch or division of governmental administration.

Office: “A right, and correspondent duty, to exercise a public trust. A public charge or employment…the most frequent occasions to use the word arise with reference to a duty and power conferred on an individual by the government; and when this is the connection, “public office” is a usual and more discriminating expression…in the constitutional sense, the term implies an authority to exercise some portion of the sovereign power, whether in making, executing, or
administering the laws.”

Clearly, the office of sheriff is not simply another department of county government. Its internal operations are the sole responsibility of the sheriff. County department heads are subordinate to a county administrator or manager because they are truly only a division of county government, and they work for him and for the governing body of the county council (or the board of commissioners). The office of sheriff, on the other hand, is a constitutional office in 35 states having exclusive powers and authority. These powers are not subject to the dictates of a county manager or the whims of a county council. The powers of this office have been exercised for over a millennium.

A sheriff’s office, then, is fundamentally different from a county department, which derives its limited authority from whatever is delegated to it. This delegation is made by those individuals who hold an elected position, of office, in the governing body.

The use of “department” actually refers to a subordinate unit of government, rather than to a body with inherent powers and sovereignty, such as the office of sheriff.

Whether you respect them or not, using the proper title reflects on the credibility and how knowledgeable about the subject the writer is.
http://scsheriff.com/ouragency_office.html
by Direct Response
Monday Dec 5th, 2011 12:42 AM
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Ok. However note that even the SCCSO website's title at the top of each page above the address bar says Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department...

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