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The Ocean Beach pier parking lot has traditionally been a coveted location for RV owners to park on the 4th of July. The lot is steps to the beach, amenities for children are close by, and the view for the evening fireworks is optimal.

Overnight parking is prohibited in the lot, so the first RVs began arriving shortly after 6 a.m. on Saturday. No other signs prohibiting parking were in evidence. By 8 a.m., the parking lot was full, grills were fired, and then the police arrived.

Representatives of the San Diego Police Department, including the mounted unit, arrived shortly after 8 a.m. and evicted approximately 26 RV owners from the lot in order to facilitate parking for their own vehicles.

Despite a number of verbal exchanges, representatives of the police threatened RV drivers with arrest and towing of their vehicles if they refused to move. With adjacent parking already filled, RV'ers were forced to relocate to other locations, most of them away from the pier.

Several RV owners reported that they would be lodging complaints against the Police Department.

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marko July 6, 2009 @ 2:55 p.m.

that's because most cops are just as corrupt as the criminals they pick up. if you have ever been friends with anyone that is a cop, you will hear very true stories like...they sleep in their car almost every night while working, they have put someone in the trunk at some point, they beat the crap out of people....and the list goes on and on. i have heard it from many cops i have known over the years.

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SpliffAdamz_ July 7, 2009 @ 8:38 a.m.

Not only do they beat on little kids , they also get free sex from the prostitutes that work the streets!!! Just go to north park and you'll see cop cars park in the alley with their lights off!!! They will even take drugs from people , but won't write them a ticket!!! Now they can go to the beach and take over a parking lot and kick everyone out for no reason??? Cop stands for Cowards On Patrol!!!!

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obragfrank July 7, 2009 @ 11:03 a.m.

I'm trying to follow-up this article and would like to connect with Grant Madden. At this point (11 am 7/07/09) the Western Division of SDPD and Special Events staff deny that they did this. Perhaps Traffic Enforcement did it? I have calls into Councilmember Faulconer's office, the OB Mainstreet Assoc., the police dept for more info. Is Grant certain it was the Pier parking lot, and not the Life Guard lot (the photo attached to this article is NOT of Ocean Beach,my friends at the Reader).

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ob4ever July 8, 2009 @ 2:47 p.m.

First of all, not sure where that photo is from, but it isn't ocean beach. 2ndly, the pier parking lot was NOT the police staging station, the main lifeguard tower parking lot was and as such, was closed the night before.

3rdly, and this is FACT, the police WERE making some Rv's leave the pier parking lot, and the beach lots because the Rv's were either not parked in the appropriate stalls, or they were too large for the stalls.

Whomever wrote this "news" article is mistaken. Maybe they drank too much and got their weekends confused. The previous weekend on Saturday was the OB street fair, and yes, the pier parking lot was closed at that time.

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obragfrank July 9, 2009 @ 10:50 a.m.

See our OB Rag blog update on this issue at obrag.org

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Josh Board July 23, 2009 @ 6:59 a.m.

Anyone that believes the first two comments on here ave naive.

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