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Saturday
Jan212012

Protesters Throw Bricks and Bibles at Police in San Francisco

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Occupy San Francisco’s “Day of Action” turned violent Friday night when protesters occupied an abandoned hotel and began throwing objects at police officers from the roof, police said.

“Once they gained access [to the hotel], some of them made it to the top of the roof and they then began to throw bibles down at the officers,” San Francisco Police Department spokesman Carlos Manfredi said.

“One of officers was struck with a brick to the chest and one of our lieutenants was struck in the hand with an object and may have damaged or even broken his hand,” he said.

Protesters began the day Friday by targeting San Francisco’s financial institutions like the Federal Reserve, Fannie Mae, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, the SEC, Citibank, Chase, and Bechtel.

“The banks are not being responsible and we are tired of being foreclosed, getting in so much debt; it’s just time to change the system,” protester Wendy Kaufmyn told ABC News station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

Protesters began chaining themselves to the entrances of Wells Fargo Bank’s corporate headquarters in downtown San Francisco.

Police in riot gear were called in, and 18 protesters were arrested. That did not stop others from trying to block a nearby Bank of America branch.

Among the protesters was Scott Olsen, the Iraq War veteran who was injured during an Occupy Oakland protest in October, when he was struck in the head by a blunt object other protesters said was a tear gas canister shot by police.

Across the country, protesters also rallied at courthouses Friday to challenge a 2010 Supreme Court decision that largely removed limits on union and corporate spending in support of political campaigns.

Protesters descended on the U. S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. as part of the nationwide effort that Occupy Wall Street has dubbed “Occupy the Courts.”

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Sunday
Nov132011

Occupy Portland Protesters Stay Past Deadline, Cops in Riot Gear

Natalie Behring/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Occupy Portland protestors stayed past the 12:01 a.m. Sunday deadline and continued to demonstrate early Sunday morning as police in riot gear maintained the crowd of an estimated 3,000 protestors and supporters.

At least one arrest has been made after a protestor threw what appeared to be a lit firecracker at an officer, injuring him, according to Portland Police.

Police monitored the situation but did not make any attempt to move in, despite that the crowd refused to dissipate.

In other Occupy movements across the country, 18 people were arrested in Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park on Saturday night. In Denver, 17 people were arrested Saturday night in the city’s Civic Center Park. In San Francisco, two police officers were attacked with sharp objects thrown at them by protesters on Saturday.

The Occupy Wall Street movement began Sept. 17 in New York City, and continues to gain momentum.

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Thursday
Aug112011

Riot Fear: Could U.K.-Style Destruction Happen in the US?

CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- With riots breaking out across the U.K., some are wondering if the unrest could spread to America.  Already in the past few months, youth mobs have wreaked havoc in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Cleveland.

The rioting in Britain, now entering a sixth day, has prompted authorities to add 16,000 police in the streets of London.  Mob rule has taken place across the capital and quickly spread to smaller British cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, and Liverpool.  On Wednesday, three men were killed when they were hit by a car while reportedly defending their neighborhood from looters.

Now that youth mobs in Philadelphia have led to new government action, questions remain: why is this happening, and what is the likelihood of such activity amongst American youth?

The city of Philadelphia has now begun a coordinated response to flash mobs and teen violence that has recently plagued the city and terrorized residential areas.

On June 23, a few dozen young people looted several hundred dollars worth of merchandise in the Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.  On Monday, Philly Mayor Michael A. Nutter reduced the citywide curfew to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for all minors under the age of 18 in targeted enforcement districts.

"This nonsense must stop," Nutter said on Sunday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia.  "If you wanna act like a butthead, your butt's gonna get locked up.  If you wanna act like an idiot, move; we don't want you here anymore."

And Philadelphia is not alone: this weekend, Milwaukee shuddered as a mob stormed the fairgrounds at the Wisconsin state fair; some eyewitness accounts say race was a strong element, and whites were being targeted. And on July 4 in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, a group of 1,000 youths organized through social networking sites to fight and disrupt an event.

Adding to the contagion for the young people participating in such wanton destruction are the bleak economic outlook, seemingly unending high unemployment and a deep distrust of government.

ABC News consultant Brad Garret, who was an FBI agent in Washington, D.C. for 30 years, says that he's not sure if he's seen a combination of conditions like today's facing the youth of America.

"When you get people on the edge anyway, and you pull one brick out of their wall, it can collapse," he said.

There are signs of hope for the U.S. though. The chaos seen in Britain is less likely to occur here, because American cities are generally less segregated than Britain's.  In addition, police forces in America have gotten much better at fighting and preventing crime and antisocial behavior.

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