Update: Confirmation - Occupiers broke in to City Hall this evening and an American flag was burned. Pictures and livestream here.
People, Fox News is going to love this, do you know that?
Update: Spencer was invited to film from inside an apartment near the YMCA, and we're now watching bus after bus of arrested protesters being hauled away. Police are eating Chinese food on the back of their police cruisers.
Working now to confirm that some of the protesters broke into City Hall, and that an American flag was burned.
Update: Susie Cagle was arrested and has been unarrested already, you can follow her on Twitter @susie_c.
Update: Some official with the police department made a statement that I think was going out to the msm (sorry, they don't identify themselves for us following at home) that no occupiers have been injured. That the people carried away on stretchers were police, and that 3 total police were injured. Those chatting on the livestream site are strongly disagreeing with that statement. Arrests are continuing.
Update: Via Livestream and Spencer Mills, Graphic journalist Susie Cagle was arrested, and he is taking down names of as many of the arrested as possible. Injuries, although I can't see how bad, but there have been ambulances called in. One person from Occupy Portland among the arrested. Another Twitter report that claims possibly a journalist with a pair of expensive looking cameras was beaten by police with batons and taken away.
This has been going on all day, folks, it's just unreal. This is America?
Update: Oakland Police just started announcing that everyone is under arrest for "failing to disperse." This is taking place in front of a YMCA. Police also telling protesters that they must submit to the arrest. There are over 2,000 protesters by all media accounts, that's going to be a lot of arrests. I can hear shots being fired now, batons are out, and they're arresting those they can catch at the moment.
Spencer Mills on Livestream, as long as it lasts. I can fill in more details as I find them. Just getting home and someone sent me the livestream, seems the Oakland cops have totally lost it today. There are confirmed reports of tear gas, flash grenades, rubber bullets, and they are now kettling protesters and (now this is unconfirmed) searching out people with cameras.
I've never seen such a violent police action continue so long against a group, especially a group of peaceful protesters. Will update more soon, let's just get this up for you to see.