Susie Cagle, the only embedded comic journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street movement, was arrested early this morning in Oakland after police fired teargas and flash bang grenades to clear a downtown street after protestors lit a large bonfire. According to CBS News at least 30 people were arrested and Susie reports through Twitter that she got scooped up in the mass arrests.
The following is a sample of her tweets that began shortly after midnight and ended after she announced she was arrested at about 5 am.
OPD Chief HoJo says call 4 outside agencies made at 4pm, after cops saw anarchists w/ sledgehammers. #OccupyOakland #OO #generalstrike
#oaklandstrike “Strike, take over, occupy everything” #OccupyOakland occupies vacant property on 16th street
#occupyoakland banners unfurled from the roof declare the building a free school & community center
#occupyoakland 16th street barricaded by trash cans now, police copter circles lower and lower.
#occupyoakland “form at the perimeters!” sirens heard but no police yet. Music keeps playing.
#occupyoakland Occupiers trying to talk down angry dude at the barricade by surrounding him, peer pressure. Seems to work.
#occupyoakland nearly run over by black bloc pushing dumpster into growing barricade. Also wood pallets, tires, newspaper boxes.
#oaklandstrike bus fulls of police in riot gear heading south on broadway just a few blocks from the plaza #OccupyOakland
#occupyoakland Alameda cars, San Mateo giant bus
#occupyoakland they are out and on their way and I need to film now
#occupyoakland Far more tear gas masks on cops here tonight than broken windows in downtown
#occupyoakland first gas of the night? Big bang, “unlawful assembly” announcement
#occupyoakland three minutes to leave, police: “mask up!!”
#occupyoakland one minute
#occupyoakland being blocked by police at 17 and Telegraph. “is the jail going to be able to handle this?” over radio
#occupyoakland cops pointing at me, oh great
#occupyoakland San Leandro coming in on OPD relief at 17 & Telegraph
#occupyoakland listening to police radio as they point out their targets in the crowd 2 blocks south
#occupyoakland At 16 and San Pablo now, under police helicopter lights. Wonder what this looks like from the plaza.
#occupyoakland Occupiers possibly holding another building here. Police are lining up on north side of plaza.
#occupyoakland oh and suddenly I’m on the other side of the police line, in the plaza, where assembly was supposed to be allowed
#occupyoakland sounds like they are declaring unlawful assembly at north end of plaza
#occupyoakland arrested in wagon now
#occupyoakland going to north county jail
You can follow Susie through Twitter (@susie_c) or visit her Twitter page.