Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Feb. 22
Occupy San Diego Vows to Bring Back Tents
Occupy San Diego is preparing to once again attempt to set up a tent encampment in Civic Center Plaza this afternoon, according to a brief release the group prepared last night.
Energized by a video shot in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving day depicting eight or more police officers holding a wheelchair-bound man face down while making an arrest, at least 50 members of Occupy San Diego have decided that they have waited long enough for a discussion with the city council on ending the sleeping ban that has recently been enforced in the Plaza and surrounding blocks.
It’s a matter of safety, explains Mike Garcia, who was the occupiers’ contact listed on the news release. If there had been a stronger presence at the plaza, others would have been able to help defend the disabled individual, who originally seems to have been confronted for falling asleep, but is told halfway through the second minute, “Now you’re going to jail for battering a police officer.”
The group does not yet know how police will react to their latest move to re-occupy the Plaza, though crackdowns on tents and tables following their installation have come at an increasingly rapid pace since Occupy was initially expelled on October 14.