Vandals damage downtown businesses during Occupy march
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OAKLAND, Calif. —
Oakland police were trying to identify vandals Sunday morning who took part in an Occupy Oakland march and vandalized various downtown properties the night before.
Officers reported that four broken windows and spray paint damage were found along the route of Saturday night's "FTP" march, most of which were located in the Oakland City Center, according to police.
Marchers wearing black clothing and backpacks were captured on video committing acts of vandalism and retreating into the marching crowd, police said.
Officers were unable to arrest any of the vandals during the march, but the department has said the some of them were identifiable in the surveillance footage of the incidents.
The damaged businesses included Starbucks, Wells Fargo, Leon Savoy Bail Bonds, Scott's Trade and a Quizno's restaurant.
In a statement released Sunday, the department stated that most recent Occupy marches had been peaceful, “with only a few isolated crimes and arrests.
“The Department had scaled back resources for these weekly events in light of the absence of associated criminal activity, and the need to provide public safety resources elsewhere in the City,” said the statement.
The march has become a weekly event for the Oakland Occupy movement. Saturday's march followed a "Neighborhood BBS and Speakout" event at a park on 52nd and Martin Luther King, Jr. streets.
Anyone who might have information regarding the crimes was asked to contact Oakland police at (510) 777-3333.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.