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Oakland police release figures on Oct. 25 protest clash

November 12, 2011 |  3:34 pm

Oakland police have received almost 790 complaints from around the world about officers' actions during  a fierce clash with Occupy protesters last month, the Associated Press reported.

The figures were released in response to an AP inquiry, the news agency said. Police said 12 of the 790 complaints came from people were who at the scene of the clashes,  according to the AP. Authorities were still trying to determine the location of an additional 331 people who filed complaints.

Violence erupted Oct. 25 when police used tear gas while raiding the demonstrators’ encampment on Frank Ogawa Plaza at City Hall, along with an annex in a park near Lake Merritt.

Police justified using the nonlethal chemical agent in order to stop the crowd of protestors -- which reached around 1,000 at its peak -- from pelting them with bottles and rocks, authorities said after the incident.

An Iraq war veteran was injured during the melee and 85 people were arrested at the encampment, police said.

Oakland officials have warned demonstrators to leave their camp or risk arrest and the confiscation of their belongings.


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