Two stabbings occurred at the Occupy San Francisco encampment in front of the Federal Reserve Bank this past week. On Monday night, a protester was stabbed in the neck. Nobody has been arrested in that case, in which the victim is expected to survive.
On Sunday, Brian "Boston" Reid was stabbed by another protester, unidentified, who came back to the scene of the crime on Thursday and was identified by witnesses. Sgt. Michael Andraychak said that Reid was stabbed in the chest during a dispute about a camera, according to local news, sfgate, and is also expected to survive.
The Occupy San Francisco website stated, "The Occupiers are developing and improving the protocols to ensure that incidents such as those of the last two nights does not occur again." The site depicted the other occupiers as "outsiders", which is typical of how the Occupy movement describes members behaving badly, which is quite often.
The Occupy Movement has been plagued with incidents of theft, sexual assault, conflicts with police officers, violence and more. The Occupy Wall Street website states that they "encourage" the use of non-violence. The statement is weak and should be updated, strongly denouncing violence and that any criminal activity will not be tolerated.
The Occupy Movement's leaders plan to come back in a big way this spring, with rallies being planned all over the country. According to a recent article in the csmonitor, "Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is launching its second act, kicking off a month-long series of marches, training sessions, and general assemblies with Occupiers from all over the nation."
So far this year, there have already been incidents of violence and destructive acts, such as robbery and a hate crime in Oakland, injuries of police officers in Sacramento, urine bombs in Denver, and even one incident of a protester dumping feces in downtown Manhattan.
The leaders of the Occupy movement should loudly denounce the violence that has picked up again in 2012.