During a media briefing Wednesday night Oakland Mayor Jean Quan thanked protesters for holding a peaceful "Occupy Oakland" demonstration in front of City Hall.
Quan said she and interim police Chief Howard Jordan are willing
to meet with protesters.
Jordan said six to seven injuries were reported during Tuesday
night's demonstration, including a head injury.
He said the department is investigating that incident as if it was
an officer-involved shooting, though he would not disclose which agency it involved.
Local sheriff's departments and the California Highway Patrol
assisted Oakland police during Tuesday night's demonstration.
Quan said "If the demonstration can stay peaceful and safe," there will be a minimal police presence.
Jordan said that police responded with force on Tuesday night
because they were being pelted with rocks and bottles.
Quan said "99 percent of the protesters were absolutely peaceful", blaming the confrontations with police Tuesday night on a select few.
Quan and Jordan stopped short of saying protesters would be
allowed to stay overnight in the plaza.
As of 9:30 p.m. few police could be seen in the area and at least
one tent was pitched in Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Many of the demonstrators were heading across the Bay to join
"Occupy SF" protesters who are rallying in the face of a possible eviction by police Wednesday night.
Protesters at Wednesday night's general assembly meeting earlier addressed how to move forward given the recent events.
"The whole world is watching Oakland," said the speaker who opened the discussion.
The group called for a citywide strike on Nov. 2, where workers
and students would leave their positions to join a march in downtown Oakland.
The announcement drew cheers from the gathered crowd.
Demonstrators with the "Occupy SF" movement were bracing for a brush with authorities Wednesday night after receiving a warning from police that the camp near the Ferry Building continues to violate local laws.
Ryan, a media representative for the camp identified only by his
first name, said that the group was expecting police to descend on the camp at Justin Herman Plaza at either midnight or 3 a.m.
"A lot of people are already walking around with gas masks and
goggles," he said, noting that they were taking additional unspecified precautions.
The group planned to hold its ground at the site, which according to law enforcement is in violation of the law for the use of propane tanks and open flames, public urination and defecation, and overnight camping.
As long as police do not remove all people occupying the public
space, the group plans to stay at the park, Ryan said. Otherwise, "Occupy SF" members plan to regroup this afternoon in front of the Federal Reserve building and Civic Center.
A notice outlining the violations was handed out to protesters on
Tuesday. Police had issued a similar notice to the occupiers on Oct. 11 before raiding the group's encampment on Oct. 16. Five people were arrested in that raid.
Even though the group has been in continuous violation of the law, organizers said that they are doing their best to remedy the problems as they are pointed out.
An Iraq War veteran was critically injured during "Occupy Oakland" protests Tuesday night when he was hit in the head with a police projectile, according to the group Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Scott Olsen, 24, of Daly City, has been active in the "Occupy SF"
and "Occupy Oakland" protests over the past several weeks, and attended large protests Tuesday night in response to the police removal of the protesters' encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Olsen served two tours of duty in Iraq, and has since been
involved in Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace, said Dottie Guy, Bay Area chapter president for Iraq Veterans Against the War.
He was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2010 and works in Daly City as a systems administrator, according to a news release issued by Iraq Veterans Against the War.
The release stated that Olsen is currently sedated at Highland
Hospital in Oakland with a skull fracture awaiting examination by a neurosurgeon.
Abele Carpenter, 29, a friend of Olsen's who met him through his
anti-war activism, said she visited Olsen in the hospital early Wednesday morning and has been in touch with his family.
Friends and supporters of Olsen have gathered for a vigil there,
including veterans and fellow protesters.
Joshua Shepherd, a six-year Navy veteran and an activist with
Veterans for Peace, attended the vigil, and said he also visited Olsen in the hospital Wedesday morning.
Olsen was injured overnight as law enforcement officers used tear gas, rubber bullets and smoke grenades attempting to break up an assembly outside Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza at 14th Street and Broadway.