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* Oakland Police Release Photo of Masked Armed Protesters

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Oakland Police Press Release 11/3/11

On November 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm, the City of Oakland’s Mayor, Police Chief and City Administrator held a press conference to address the Occupy Oakland Demonstration and General Strike that occurred the previous day. During the conference, various items including rocks, bottles, a sledge hammer, a bike lock, a chisel, a shield, eye goggles and fire extinguishers filled with paint were exhibited. The items were used to assault police officers on the eve of November 2, 2011. The attached photo was forwarded to the Oakland Police Department by a citizen. This group was spotted walking in the 2100 block of Webster street wearing black clothing, some with masks, some with helmets, and some carrying sticks.

After this photo was taken, this group was responsible for vandalizing the Whole Foods, Bank of America, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, and the UC Regents Office building (where sledge hammers were used in an attempt to break in). The group then de-masked and walked back into the crowd at 14th street and Broadway. The photo was taken sometime yesterday during daylight hours.

Although the march was largely peaceful several groups were identified, such as the group seen in the attached photo as persons responsible for acts of vandalism and violence.

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