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Occupy Oakland Move-In Day - The Return to Oscar Grant Plaza, 1/28/12: photos
While hundreds were still in the process of being arrested in front of the YMCA on Broadway, at least 100 people who had not been kettled or managed to escape the kettle through the YMCA marched down Broadway back towards downtown, reaching Oscar Grant Plaza around 7:30pm. As many of of the marchers milled around the plaza, a few others gained access to Oakland City Hall and brought out a U.S. flag. The crowd on the front steps of the City Hall building quickly grew as protesters tried several times to burn the flag. Suddenly, someone near 14th Street yelled out, "Police!" and the crowd scattered before the first police officers made it to the front entrance of City Hall. Eventually, as the Oakland police presence grew in and around the plaza, mutual aid arrived from the Fremont police, Berkeley police, Newark police, Union City police, San Rafael police, the Marin County sheriff's department, and the San Mateo County sheriff's department. At about 8:30pm, the weekly "Fuck the Police" march left Oscar Grant plaza and marched to the North County/Glenn Dyer jail on 7th Street to show solidarity with the massive number of arrestees on Move-In Day. Back at the plaza again, police snatched two individuals from the crowd for targeted arrests, much as they had earlier in the day before the first march left Oscar Grant Plaza. About 10:15pm, police issued a dispersal order with threats of arrest for those in the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway. People stepped out of the street, but by then most of the crowd has thinned out on its own and only a few dozen people remained in the area of the plaza. Police were still transporting arrestees from the the kettle at the YMCA past midnight.
[Pictured above: One of at least three concerted efforts to burn the American flag in front of City Hall]
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A 15-year-old protester was climbing on one of the two trucks while others shouted at the corporate media about their coverage of Occupy Oakland. A man in military fatigues from a solid white, unmarked news van grabbed the 15-year-old and put him in a headlock. A reporter from CBS-5 was yelling at the crowd, approaching people in a threatening manner. This inflamed the small crowd gathered on 14th Street and objects began to fly through the news trucks' windows. After something broke the CBS-5 news van passenger-side window, the two-person news crews each jumped into their vans and sped away.
Marcher chant in front of the North County jail / inmates respond by flashing lights using blankets over windows
Police make targeted arrest of man in yellow beanie, snatching him from 14th & Broadway intersection
CA Penal Code Section 830.10 states that "Any uniformed peace officer shall wear a badge, nameplate, or other device which bears clearly on its face the identification number or name of the officer." Also see BLKPXLS video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRKJ3QslYtE.
Union City, Newark, and Oakland police surge forward into intersection after another targeted arrest
Just before the arrest, an OPD motorcycle came roaring down Broadway from the north and swooped really close to some people who were standing in the street just barely off of the sidewalk at 14th and Broadway on northeast corner, the Oscar Grant Plaza corner of the intersection. The motorcycle then did a wide 180-degree turn and headed back north on Broadway. People were looking that way trying to figure out why the motorcycle had done that provocative move out of the blue when a snatch team came from the police line on the east side of 14th and Broadway and grabbed the woman pictured below, pulling her back behind the police line.