Police confiscated a large amount of personal property when they swept through the civic Center Plaza early friday morning, and many people have expressed concern over how or if they would be able to get any of it back.
As posted by Matthew Hall, a rough list of items confiscated from OccupySD
- 4 big pop up tents
- 7 big trash cans full of miscellaneous stuff (ie. skateboards, blankets, clothing, sleeping bags, tents, tarps)
- 15 chairs
- 1 shabby chic yellow nightstand
- 8 tables
- variety of cardboard signs
- 7 bikes
- 30 backpacks/carts/roller suitcases
- 9 boxes labeled games, dvds/books, toys, helmets, lunch boxes, blankets
- 1 bucket labeled OC and mace remedy and prevention, containing vinegar and imodium AD
- 3 coolers
- 4-5 cameras
- 10 plastic crates full of stuff
- Also: 16 individual lots of property impounded from specific arrestees (backpacks, purses, tents, etc.)
I called the police department property room this morning and was told that a release would be needed before anything could be claimed and was given the phone number of Central Investigations. I spoke to a nice woman there who informed me that police had kept everything that appeared to be of value, but that nothing had been done with it over the weekend. An officer was in the process of tagging everything, that she had worked all day yesterday, she probably wouldn’t be finished for a couple more days and that nothing could be claimed until that was finished.
I have a voice mail into the officer working on tagging the property and will update this information to inform Occupiers the process they will need to go through to get their property back.
I have been informed by SDPD that property that was confiscated on Friday morning can now be picked up. Here is the process for retrieving your possessions:
- Go to the office of the San Diego Police Department Central Division at 25th Street and Imperial Avenue.
- Speak to Officer Arden, inform the officer you are picking property that was seized from Occupy San Diego.
- Be prepared to describe your items so they can be identified in the log. If what you described matches the description of items logged you will be given a copy of a Property Release Form.
- Take the Property Release Form to the San Diego Police Headquarters at 1401 Broadway to reclaim your property.
I was informed by SDPD that of all the items confiscated only 80 items were kept and tagged, presumably what ever they thought had some value. The rest of the items were taken to the dump. Be aware though, that an “item” may be a box of things, or a backpack of belongings.
Good luck to all. If you have anything to add to this please comment or let us know.