October 26th, 2011
07:15 AM ET

Tear gas used on Occupy protesters in Oakland

Authorities made a series of arrests at Occupy Wall Street protests in California and Georgia on Tuesday with clashes in one city that involved tear gas being used on demonstrators.

Police said they fired the tear gas on protesters in Oakland, California, after the crowd threw paint and other objects at officers.

The crowd of about 500 people defied calls to leave an area of downtown Oakland on Tuesday, according to police. Protesters had camped for weeks in several areas in the city, including near City Hall, police said.

"The city remains committed to respecting free speech as well as maintaining the city's responsibility to protect public health and safety," Oakland police said in a statement.

Police arrested demonstrators at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta overnight. The arrests came after Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he sent ministers to the park "to see if we can find a way to resolve this amicably." A protester at the park said he was scared.

"It's very intimidating," said Malcolm McKenzie. "I believe what we're doing is right, but we're going to jail. It hurts to see America do this to people who want change."

It was unclear how many people were arrested in both cities. CNN affiliate KGO reported that at least 85 people were arrested during an early morning raid in one part of Oakland and there were other arrests throughout the day. In that raid early Tuesday, police dismantled a tent camp set up by protesters in a city park.

The overnight camping had to end because of health and safety concerns, Oakland police said in a statement.

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  1. banasy©

    Not me @ 5:33.
    most people *do* know who it was, though.
    Dick "George" Patton.

    October 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. :-)

    The problem with our government is to much government ! Sad thing is there's not to many choices to make it better , guess I was born about two hundred and fifty years too late .....

    October 27, 2011 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
    • ThinkLessDoMore

      you'd have missed out on some interesting things, times back then where more harsh and life expectancy was low. but I hear you about da gubnut

      November 20, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • ThinkLessDoMore

      Hey President Obama...
      When are you going to call out the troops to protect the OWS from having their rights violated
      Mr President these are Americans and some your supporters, so let give peace a chance.
      You said you'd deliver change

      pssst ...this looks like probable change to me.

      November 20, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Without_hate

    The lax policing of the would be terrorist of the Marxist{Obama Armies} led to the violence that was necessary to maintain order. You can not allow a group to act in a lawless manner. The injury that occurred to the Iraq veteran is regrettable but he chose to make himself and enemy of the state and alined himself with a group of ruthless law breaking filth ridden parasites. These are criminal acts occupying public property and the refusal to obey a lawful order of our police officers, was a choices he made on his own. A handful of Obama supporters can not be allowed to trample on the rights of thousands. That park belongs to all the citizens not just a few lawless bullies.

    The Iraq veterans followed the path of war rather than the path of peace when he laid down his government issue legalized tool of the trade. He chose the path of the mercenary and acted against the citizens of the United States. "Vive la mort, vive la guerre, vive le sacre mercenaire." ("Long live death, long live war, long live the cursed mercenary.") – Mercenary marching cadence and toast. Had this young man chose the path of peace and prepared him self to make real change rather than align himself with Obama;s army he would not have been injured. I respected him for his service to our country but when he joined Obama and Soros army he became an enemy of freedom.

    This stand will not be very popular with my left or my right acquaintances. To be true to himself one must always give his true perspective of an incident or written story. "As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy."Abraham Lincoln The terrorist on the street would have us believe that the American system makes slaves of mankind their very presence on the street disproves their lies. We know from past socialist government that man kind is enslaved and horribly treated under a totalitarian state-Soviet Union-China etc.

    Organize your protest in a lawful manner.Do not try to force your radical views on the nation. You are so few and your voice means so little on the national stage this is demonstrated the sheer number of your opposition but you have a right to express your voice in a lawful manner. I will surrender my life to be sure you have that right-now show the same respect for me. Obey our laws and do not force the police to have to defend themselves against violence.

    October 27, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • PAPatriot

      I gotta say...King George would have been mighty proud of you. Tell us, what injustice would it take to get YOU out of your Barca Lounger to protest against? What would you do if those perpetrating the injustice just ignored you? Wait, don't answer that, your post already answers those questions – NOTHING! Now go back to being told what to think by Fox News. Clearly doing that for yourselves requires too much effort.

      November 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      You realize that the majority of the nation supports the protestors? You are effectually saying that anyone who does not obey the government is an enemy of the state and in the wrong. You're calling the protestors and the majority of the nation Marxists who deserve whatever the police and the government say they do. As long as you're going to compare us to Marxists and totalitarian socialists, I'm going to risk an invocation Godwin's law and remind you of what happens in places like Syria, Libya or, yes, even Germany when those beliefs hold sway. Fascism doesn't work. Police states do not work. Ultimately, the trampling of the individual by the government and police in these societies forces a confrontation, and, if the government wins, another and another. Obviously I'm not staying that the US is a Nazi police state–I'm not stupid–but if your views held sway or were right, it would be. Incidentally, you should study up on the meaning of half the slurs you use. What you advocate IS a totalitarian state, one where the police rule all. What you call a handful of Obama supporters is, I remind you, more than half the nation.
      Anyways, I wish you would at least maintain some consistency–in your first paragraph, you advocate a police state where anyone, including a peacefully protesting veteran, is in the wrong if they do not obey the state in everything. In your second paragraph you rage against the death of freedom and the turning of America into a totalitarian state, which is exactly what you had encouraged seconds before. Your third paragraph is fairly incomprehensible. What I got from it was a confused and jumbled idea that people who disagree with you or the government are terrorists. Remember, democracy is composed of conflicting views since not everyone agrees. You try to have your cake and eat it to by requesting freedom in a police state and uniformity in a democracy. Finally, you insist that you do not try to impose your views on us despite advocating the use of tear gas and violence against protestors, and THEN insist that protestors are trying to force their views on you and disallow you your right to your own opinion.

      To conclude, please in the future at least attempt to have a coherent message. What really upsets me is not the views expressed, though I strongly disagree with them, but the hypocrisy and confusion that make u[p your entire thesis. Next time try something like this: Organize your ideas, check them to make sure they are consistent and what yo really think, outline what you want to say and how you want to say it, write your arguments and check for coherence, sanity and hypocrisy before finally allowing yourself to post it.
      Thank you,
      The 99%

      November 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bigwilliestyles

    @ without hate: that was a lot of words that said nothing. Since people like you cannot understand the protesters, you fear them. Once fear sets into people like you, violent repression is your next step; its as predictable as nightfall.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. bigwilliestyles

    @ without hate: I'm sure gaddafi, mubarak, omar, assad, and all the rest thought the same thing: my guns will keep me secure. Don't bet on it.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. The Prophet

    As a reformist and activist I must say I am disappointed in me fellow Americans, where they do a lot of complaining and procrastinate but lock the balls to do anything about it. As I said it before on this blog… stop kidding yourselves in believing that the elections process will fix what has been broken for many decades now. No Government last forever and all Governments reach a point of self-destruction through the growing of their own powers.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • PAPatriot

      Americans are soft. People want change though are unwilling to truly sacrifice to achieve it. The men and women who fought for our independence from England risked EVERYTHING to achieve what they believed in, as did those who protested the Vietnam "Police Action." The 1% are waving the OCCUPY participants away like some many fruit flies and are laughing all the way to the bank...just as they always have.

      November 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PAPatriot

    ...and the US Police State rears its ugly head again. I suppose it's a good thing the protestors didn't react the same as those in the Middle East. We probably would have seen the same brutality from the US police we witnessed in the Arab Spring protests. Anyone remember Kent State? Don't delude yourselves into believing that can't or won't happen again...

    November 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tyler

    They think this is going away? They think they own this country? Looks like it's time for the people to demonstrate who owns this country.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    Pepper spray use is not chilling, its burning...

    November 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
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