How Many SFPD Officers Does It Take To Maintain the OccupySF Victory While Our Mayor is in China? A Whole Bunch

You’d have to hang out down by the foot of Market Street to see how many cops are still there “protecting” the bocce ball courts from the 1st Amendment during the year-end holidays of 2011.

What you’d see is lots and lots and lots of police. Preventing a Reoccupation appears to be Job One for the SFPD this last month of 2011.

Oh well.

An endless supply of idle Crowns Victoria, 24-7:

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12 Responses to “How Many SFPD Officers Does It Take To Maintain the OccupySF Victory While Our Mayor is in China? A Whole Bunch”

  1. banjo says:

    good! keep ‘em out!

  2. Steamboat says:

    Maybe this is necessary in a world where protesters and bloggers alike so grossly misunderstand the First Amendment to mean, “One can demonstrate in any way one wants anywhere, at any time.”

  3. So sad... says:

    …that we live in a country where Americans so openly and forcefully praise the limitation of speech due to its content, and the disproportionate and heavy handed police action used to keep a group of peaceful protesters from essentially sleeping in public.

  4. Andy Anarchy says:

    Some people ^ don’t really understand what freedom means… or costs.

  5. sfcitizen says:

    There were various ways to handle this sitch.

    Are you saying that if there is a health concern somewhere in town, then San Francisco will act on it?

  6. Pick up a book, or do be quiet says says:

    [EDIT] None of the limitations on these demonstrations had ANYTHING to do with the content of the demonstrations. That’s why they were allowed to say for weeks–but ultimately it became a health concern and people were told they could continue to protest, but not stay overnight. If you think that violates the letter of the law (Constitution) or the spirit of it, then you are ill informed to take part in this discussion.

  7. Pick up a book, or do be quiet says says:

    Yes, that is exactly what I’m saying and I choose to fall for your trap. I am saying that when there are hundreds of people residing in an area for long periods of time and urine, feces, rubbish are collecting, the city should and will act on it. You are right to extrapolate that the city will also instantly act quickly to resolve all other unclean situations such as horse poop, homeless encampments, and illegal dumping.

    What I am saying is, I do not see ANY signs that freedom was limited because of the content of the protest, but rather, in all cases, it was the means that was restricted–which is and always has been restricted. This is not a police state, nobody is being silenced. Protesters are able to shout about how stupid our government is, they just aren’t allowed to violate health code or violate other laws as they do it. This could have been a convention for the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and the police would have cleared it out just the same. The protesters turned a valid concern into a dirty, sprawling, pity party that accomplished nothing because they just wanted to complain, they didn’t want to take any productive action.

  8. sfcitizen says:

    That park is closed to this day for political reasons.

    Believe that or not.

    Are you saying that rules are rules?
    http://www.thesweetmelissa.com/sweet_melissa/2011/08/that-was-stupid-my-consultant-friend-re-nurus-appointment-as-head-of-dpw.html

  9. Pick up a book, or do be quiet says says:

    Thanks for the link which I can only assume was related to this discussion in some way though it made no mention of any park, bocce courts or OWS. If you have a link discussing this issue, I’d be happy to read it.
    If that park is closed, that is unfortunate, but maybe some of that blame could be focused towards the people that were originally responsible for the “…excrement, urine and vomit…” And there’s more “Several piles of vomit were observed along the Embarcadero side of the park,” the notice read. “Pile of feces and tampons found at a nearby pathway. Flies and urine observed along pathway.”
    http://blog.sfgate.com/cityinsider/2011/10/26/public-health-officials-say-occupy-sf-camp-is-dirty-unsafe/

    Yep, I’m with you, it’s all political–every American should be allowed to vomit, crap and piss in public for weeks at a time and if we are not allowed this, we live in a fascist police state. And if we’re ever kicked out of those parks, they should be decontaminated immediately, at any cost, at the city’s expense so that we can go back to vomiting, defecating and urinating on anything we wish.

  10. sfcitizen says:

    That was the dude what cleaned up OccupySF. You want to apply rules to Occupy but not to him – that’s your choice.

    Apparently, the SFPD has left the scene. The big RV/Command Center they’ve had there for the longest time is gone. The closed down part of the park appears to have shrunk as well.

    Does SF care about all this stuff in the rest of the Financh? Why does SF appear to care about poo only in JHP?

    Why are there bocce ball courts there in the first place?

  11. What?!?!?! says:

    O have no idea what you are talking about.
    What rules don’t apply to him?
    What other ‘stuff in the Financh’ are they supposed to are about?
    Why don’t you understand that an extremely concentrated poop ground in an open park is worse than less concentrated amounts of poop under a bridge?
    What does the fact that bocce courts were built there have to do with our freedom of speech?
    What are all these disparate ‘points’ that you are trying to make?
    This is the last reply of mine. You are all over the place.

  12. sfcitizen says:

    His name is Mohammed Nuru. He runs DPW. He negotiated personally with OccupySF reps.

    What rules don’t apply to him? A whole bunch. Click on that link.

    SFGov doesn’t like Occupy. SFGov lies about why it doesn’t like Occupy.

    There’s more poo in JHP now than before.

    The bocce courts show a Eurocentric bias of the previous admin, certainly. Maybe we should take them out. Maybe we should call the place Speakers’ Corner or something.

    You got to look at the links or keep up with the news to follow along. But don’t bust a gut, don’t worry too much about it…