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SF Police Break Up ICE Protest Encampment

KCBS Radio Morning News
July 09, 2018 - 6:52 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- San Francisco Police moved in early Monday morning and broke up a week-old encampment of protesters that had blocked a stretch of Washington Street outside the building that houses the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.

A group called Occupy ICE set up camp last week, pitching tens and using barricades to block traffic on Washington Street between Sansome and Battery Streets. Arrests were made, although police did not immediately confirm how many.

The group said it was protesting  federal policies that separated families at the border, while also calling for ICE to be abolished.

San Francisco Police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan told KCBS Radio reporter Holly Quan, “Frequent admonishments have been given to the participants at this encampment over the past week and prior to tonight’s action, but the blockage of the street continued."

Gatpandan said police considered the encampment and blockade to be a public safety issue because emergency vehicles couldn't access the blockaded street.

On Monday morning, the owner of a nearby business was removing pieces of tape she said the protesters had slapped over the lens of her security camera.