Daily Archives: November 13, 2011
By Matthias Gafni
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 11/12/2011 07:41:45 PM PST
Updated: 11/12/2011 09:40:50 PM PST
SAN FRANCISCO — One San Francisco police officer was slashed by a razor and another had his uniform torn and cheek cut in a clash with Occupy San Francisco protesters Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
About 3:30 p.m., near the Embarcadero and Broadway, police attempted to prevent marching demonstrators from blocking the intersection where MUNI light rail tracks are located.
A female protester emerged from the crowd and an “exacto razor blade attached to a pen or pencil-like object,” San Francisco police said in an email.
“The female slashed the inside of the officer’s hand and ran back into the crowd before the officer had time to realize he was cut,” police said.
In a second incident, a protester grabbed an officer’s police radio and ran back into the crowd. As the officer attempted to retrieve it, a second protester blocked the officer and tore his uniform and cut his cheek, police said, intimating that a weapon had been used.
PORTLAND — One officer was injured and one protester was arrested in a standoff overnight after the deadline passed for the Occupy Portland encampments to close, but that was the only violence to erupt and by morning, many demonstrators appeared to be leaving.
The face-to-face standoff with police peaked when thousands of demonstrators blocked 3rd Street between Main & Madison and the officer was hit by a projectile in the dark of night.
At around 6:30 a.m., officers on loudspeakers warned that everyone must clear out, or there would be arrests. Protesters backed up and returned to the parks and sidewalks. About 20 minutes later, police backed off, too and demonstrators dismantled barricades.
By noon, Lownsdale Park was entirely cleared out and police were preparing to install a fence around it. About 20 protesters remained at Chapman Square and were talking about a possible downtown march.
“Fortunately, things died off after a long night. We feel like we’re in good shape today and people continue to leave the parks,” Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau said earlier in the morning.
Police Chief Michael Reese spoke to reporters briefly, after being at the scene all night. He said this was an ongoing police mission and felt it was going well so far.
Mayor Sam Adams spoke to reporters a short time later. He said the city would soon be putting up fences around the parks, as part of the closure process.
“Now it is up to us to figure out the safest way and safest time to do that,” Adams said. “I think that the surprise enforcements that we’ve seen around the country have not been consistent with the values of the people of Portland. They have been dangerous, unnecessarily so, and in the end have been very, very costly because of the number of people injured.”
City dump trucks pulled up to the parks after the sun went up and some protesters started filling them with trash. The mayor said maintenance crews would also be arriving to clean up the parks but he did not give a timeline.
Deadline passes with defiance
A Saturday midnight deadline to evacuate the parks came and went with an atmosphere that at times was more like a party than a protest. At midnight, Occupy Portland supporters counted down the seconds, New Year’s Eve style, as a deadline set by Mayor Sam Adams passed. The two parks have been filled with camping protesters since October 6.
Many tents were removed earlier Saturday but, despite the eviction notice, about a hundred tents and about two hundred protesters remained in the encampment. A large crowd of thousands remained in the area well after midnight.
Portland Police Lt. Robert King told KGW it was possible some people came down to the area anticipating a clash between police and protesters.
“There’s been no violence,” Lt. King told KGW shortly after midnight. “It’s almost like a festive environment…almost like a college football game.” King said the gathering was peaceful and police expected it to remain peaceful. Lt. King said police would continue to communicate that the parks were closed and ask people to leave but he would not specifically answer if or when protesters would be evicted from the encampment.
“The time has come for this portion of Occupy Portland to end,” City Commissioner Nick Fish told KGW minutes before the midnight deadline. “I hope and I pray that there is no violence here tonight.”
One officer injured, man arrested
Shortly before 2 a.m., an officer was injured by a projectile thrown from the crowd, according to police. Minutes later, a man was taken into custody. Cameron Matta, 23, was booked on disorderly conduct, harassment, and interfering with a peace officer. The officer was taken for medical treatment. Officials said the officer was going to be OK.
Jon Corzine Resigns From MF Global After Bankruptcy, Won’t Seek Severance
“Jon Corzine, who joined MF Global Holdings Ltd. (MF) 20 months ago to transform the futures broker into an investment bank, quit today amid regulatory probes and after the firm filed the eighth-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Corzine, the former co-chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., quit as chairman and CEO, New York-based MF Global said today in an e-mailed statement. Corzine, 64, who was paid more than $4 million since joining the firm, won’t seek severance pay, the company said.
“I have voluntarily offered my resignation to the Board of Directors of MF Global,” Corzine said in a separate statement. “This was a difficult decision, but one that I believe is best for the firm and its stakeholders.”
His resignation came four days after the bankruptcy filing as the company’s bets on European sovereign debt rattled investors. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is investigating $633 million in missing customer accounts. The regulator sent a subpoena seeking information about the money to MF Global’s auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a person briefed on the matter said yesterday, asking not to be named because the matter isn’t public.”