SFPD Arrest 75 Occupy SF Protesters at Turk Street Building

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Update 6:50 p.m. San Francisco police arrested 75  protestors this afternoon for misdemeanor trespassing after a request from the San Francisco Archdiocese, said SFPD spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak. Last night protestors took over a church-owned building at 888 Turk St. intending to turn it into a center for the homeless, Occupiers said.

Police became concerned after protestors barricaded gates to the building shut, began stockpiling provisions and stacked buckets of paint, bricks and chairs on the roof to possibly use as weapons against the police, Andraychak said.

The majority of protestors were arrested on the second floor of the building after locking themselves into rooms. One protestor jumped out of a second floor window, but was uninjured.

Update 3:37 p.m. Occupy supporters report that San Francisco police have arrested 50 protestors.

Update 1:51 p.m. Occupy SF supporters report that police are moving in 888 Turk.


Original Post: A group of Occupy San Francisco protesters remain camped out in a church-owned building with plans to create a community center there to serve the homeless, Occupy SF representatives said this morning.

After taking over the two-story building at 888 Turk St. following a late-afternoon rally and march in downtown San Francisco on Sunday, protesters settled into the building, which Occupy SF representatives said once housed a mental health clinic.

Occupy SF protesters said in a statement that they want the two-story building to serve as a haven for the city's homeless, who they say have "become subject to arrest and harassment simply for now existing in these very same streets they were forced into."

Officers have been monitoring the building, but as of late Sunday night, had not made any arrests.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco said in a statement:

The Archdiocesan properties at 888 Turk St. and 930 Gough that have been occupied are properties for the use of Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory High School, which is an archdiocesan school.

 SHCP is an urban high school with a campus that is compressed in an urban environment. SHCP and the Archdiocese bought these buildings five years ago to serve the students on campus in a variety of ways. Some of the buildings have been used for music and art classes until as recently as 18 months ago. These classes have been relocated to the newly built theatre arts center directly adjacent to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.

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