About 70 arrests have been reported after a police raid at the “Occupy SF” camp at Justin Herman Plaza on San Francisco’s Embarcadero this morning. San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr held a media briefing around 4:30 a.m. after police in riot gear dismantled the camp that has been erected on the plaza since October. Suhr reportedly announced at least 70 arrests, including two for alleged aggravated assault.
Later this morning he told another group of reporters there were three groups of protesters arrested, with most arrests for blocking Market Street at various times after police arrived.”This area was declared a public health hazard,” he told reporters. “It needs to be rehabilitated” now that the tents have been cleared.
Just before 5 a.m., video footage at the scene from a livestream showed two people with hands behind their back being led by police down Market Street. A police bus has since arrived near the plaza to pick up arrestees. Protesters were told to clear the plaza around 2 a.m. Deo a protester at the camp, police gave a five-minute warning before dissembling tents and protesters’ belongings.
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