|SCPD arrests a person sleeping at City Hall|
The individual, who appeared to be sleeping, was contacted by two First Alarm security guards shortly after the city council meeting adjourned. The security guards did not understand that City Hall was open past 10 pm when there was a city council meeting in session, and one of the guards, Christian Foguet, became angry with protesters when they approached the sleeping man to support him.
Council Member Micah Posner addressed the security guards, in an attempt to calm tensions between them and the mixed group of community members present, and the guards left the area.
At 12:30 am, which was about an hour after the security guards left, a dozen or more officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department arrived to confront the one sleeping individual.
Deciding to arrest the person, one officer poked at the sleeper and then used their foot to nudge at the person, who was wrapped up in their blanket.
After peeling the blanket off of the individual, the officer rolled the person on their side and handcuffed them.
At one point, police could be heard discussing an idea to line up in order to block the view of the arrest from the public, but after a brief attempt to do so, it was apparent there were not enough officers assembled to successfully do so.
Officers as a group then walked the individual in handcuffs to a patrol vehicle.
As the person was being moved into the vehicle, one police officer constantly shined a light into the lens of this reporter's camera, and then physically blocked it with a flat hand gesture.
Two other community members who were filming the arrest also reported that this same officer had shined a bright light at them in order to block them from video recording the arrest with their cell phones.
When SCPD Sergeant David Forbus, who appeared to be leading the police raid on the protest, was asked to stop the officer from shining his light and blocking the camera, Forbus refused.
After the police left, most of the Freedom Sleepers slept until the morning, but some stayed up all night due to the rain.
Police did not return to the protest again until just after 6:30 am, when one officer cleared people out of the landscaping area next to the library saying they had received a complaint that people were "camping" there. The Library's roof extends far enough to create a narrow dry area next to the building, and people had sought shelter there.
Another view of police blocking this reporter's camera (contributed video):
|First Alarm guards make first contact with the sleeper|
|Police arrive and begin to take the blanket away|
|Santa Cruz City Hall|
|During the City Council meeting the Freedom Sleepers set up in the hallways|
|The Freedom Sleepers set up a modest food table, which included dog food for pets|
|Some Freedom Sleepers slept in the dry area next to the Library|
|A person covered with a blanket sat upright like this for some time next to the Library|