In their continuing harassment of Occupy San Diego demonstrators at the downtown Plaza area, San Diego Police have arrested a well-known OBcian, Curtis Williams. Williams has been very visible during the nearly two -month old movement, having led several General Assemblies over that time, plus he is deeply involved in several of the movement’s committees. Doubtlessly, police knew him. He was also highlighted in a recent article by Matt Hall about the occupiers in the San Diego U-T.
Curtis, 28 – also a visible member of OB’s community – was arrested by police either late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning on or near the grassy section of space that abuts the Civic Center Theater. He was arrested for alleged obstruction of a police officer and for vandalism. As of this post (12/01/11), Curtis is still in custody, looking at $5,000 bail.
Police had laid out yellow caution tape along that grassy stretch after OccupySD demonstrators were forcibly removed from it earlier this month.
On the night of the crime, Curtis is alleged to have moved a piece of the yellow tape. His arrest was caught on video and you can determine for yourself if he did indeed, “obstruct” or resist a police officer.
This type of arrest continues a pattern of harassment that the SDPD has employed against the occupiers since the first big raid on October 14th. Police target individuals whom they perceive are “leaders” in this leaderless movement. Ray Lutz – very visible in OccupySd – was arrested for attempting to register new voters on Wednesday. Some see this pattern as their attempt to intimidate the movement.
In addition, protesters have been arrested for sleeping, for demonstrating; they have been cited for violating the cross-walk lights, for honking too loudly in support of the protest, and for even spitting on the sidewalk; they’ve been threatened with arrest for holding teach-ins.
When Curtis was interviewed by U-T reporter Matt Hall, he had this to say:
“Most protests are there to speak out against something or have proponents that immediately have a set list of demands. This one is a little bit different in that it is literally a think tank, a really huge nationwide think tank, where we don’t know exactly what it is we want other than our rights back, other than democracy.”