Officers in riot gear withdrew from their position in front of a building in San Francisco Tuesday night that is being occupied by protesters after facing off with activists for several hours.
Officers arrested two protesters during Tuesday's demonstration at 888 Turk St., police said.
Jesse Nesbitt, 34, of San Francisco was arrested after he allegedly threw bricks and other projectiles from the roof of the building at around 5:45 p.m., police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
One of the bricks missed a police officer and struck a protester, who refused medical attention, and another projectile damaged a police vehicle, Andraychak said.
Nesbitt is facing charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault of a police officer and felony vandalism, police said.
Another protester, Adam Delia, 24, was cited and released on suspicion of being a pedestrian in the roadway and disobeying a traffic officer, Andraychak said.
Police said Delia went into the street and tried to pick up a piece of brick that had been thrown from the roof.
Earlier Tuesday evening a handful of protestors sat cross-legged between police lines and the front of the building, while other protestors remained inside the building and in Jefferson Square Park, across the street.
By around 7 p.m. protesters remained inside the building and three males and one female were on the roofs of 888 Turk St. and a nearby building on Gough Street, the St. Paul's Lutheran Evangelical Day School, drinking beer, smoking cigarettes and singing into a bullhorn.
At around 7:30 p.m. police withdrew from the front of the building and continued to monitor the situation.
The occupation began when protesters who had gathered for a noon rally at Market and Montgomery streets downtown marched to 888 Turk St. afterward and began entering the building shortly before 3 p.m.
The building is the same site, owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, that was taken over by protesters on April 1.
Andraychak said earlier today that the protesters were trespassing on private property.
"We've been in touch with the folks at the archdiocese," he said.
Protesters removed a large wire fence in front of the building and activists streamed into the building this afternoon, holding banners and signs reading "May Day, Never Surrender" and "SF Commune."
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.