The Occupy Wall Street movement can add another injured police officer to the extensive and growing list of injured officers since the movement began in October, 2011. In Occupy Eureka, three Occupiers were violently fighting amongst themselves when a member of the Eureka Police Department tried to stop the fight, and ended up getting his nose broken in the process.
Due to concerns about public health and safety, an ordinance was created that "prohibits protest activities between 9:30 p.m. and 6 a.m." among other restrictions, such as camping on the courthouse property or setting up structures. Since the new rule has been put in place, the area has become more manageable, according to police.
The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office dispatch center received a call at around 12:30 a.m. on Friday about the fight. Interim Eureka Police Chief Murl Harpham said that two of the three occupiers involved in the fight were armed, one with a bike chain and one with a broken bottle. When officers arrived, one of the three fighting subjects took off running and one of his officers "pursued and tackled the subject a few blocks from the courthouse," according to the local news. During the struggle, the officer's nose was broken and he is currently on leave until it mends.
One of the three occupiers has been deemed mentally unstable and was taken to a Psychiatric Hospital in Eureka for evaluation. Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey said the Occupiers "still have a presence at the courthouse, occupying the sidewalk in front of the building" as the sidewalk is not considered county property. The sheriff's office "has received calls from citizens asking why the Occupiers are still there and aren't cleared out each night as part of the ordinance." Once again, an officer injured due to the actions of some of the thugs in the Occupy Wall Street movement. And once again, the so-called 99% are the ones that pay the price.