Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente, who has repeatedly called for the camp’s removal, said, “Unfortunately, we will have no excuse for not taking action. This was escalating and was going to happen.”
Mayor Jean Quan held a news conference and announced that the city was planning, once again, to remove the Occupy camp.
“The risks are too great for having an encampment out there,” Quan said. “It’s time for the encampment to end.”
But in the plaza amphitheatre, dozens of people gathered after the shooting out of concern that it would be cited as another reason to tear down the camp. One speaker, whose words were then repeated and amplified by the group, said, “I live in Oakland, and this is a daily occurrence.”