A man who allegedly threw bricks into the crowd during Tuesday’s Occupy demonstrations at Turk and Gough shook up the protest’s peaceful demeanor. His actions, along with a few other dangerous displays, stirred anger in residents and protesters who witnessed the display.
Jesse Nesbitt was arrested at the scene on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and vandalism for allegedly tossing bricks into the crowd that gathered on Turk Street. A flying brick hit a man in the face, but he refused treatment. CBS 5 caught the incident on video.
Nesbitt, however, is not your average Occupier. He has a previous record of run-ins with city workers and will face felony charges, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
The group that assembled Tuesday took over a building that belonged to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco. Police officers in riot gear arrested dozens early Wednesday morning and cleared the church of all occupiers.
Nesbitt, 34, was also arrested last November for allegedly throwing a bottle at a city employee who was trying to clean up the Occupy SF encampment at Justin Hermann Plaza.
Police arrested 26, most of them not residents of San Francisco. Four were from out-of-state.