RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Police say 11 “Occupy Riverside” protesters were arrested Sunday afternoon after refusing to move their tents off Main street.

After allegedly refusing to comply with the order, the eleven were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest, according to John Carpenter of the Riverside Police Department.

CBS2’s Ann Sterling, reporting from the Riverside County Jail where protesters moved their noisy demonstration, said they vowed to stay their ground until all eleven were released.

Many protesters told Sterling police, in their words, “were aggressive.”

Comments (21)
  1. willieparker says:

    This is why I don’t blog!

  2. mel carlson says:

    This is false information of what really happened. The supposed “weapon” was a plastic water bottle that went flying through the air. Reporter sterling says “protesters were yelling at police”. We were chanting, what an idiot, gosh! I did not see anyone fight with police. Maybe the reporter should have interviewed both sides.I though journalism was supposed to be unbiased? Get your facts right (and some real boots) Sterling!

    1. Shrikant Gupta says:

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  3. Iamzero says:

    Every American on the continent has the right for general assembly and to protest the government of grievances along with the right to resist unlawful arrest. Such as: Police arresting peaceful protesters within their rights of doing so.

    Unfortunately you also have the right to lie and broadcast spun stories in favor of public opinion. This is your government, protecting one corporation at a time folks.

    1. John says:

      Here’s a thought, you don’t like how these corporations do business, right? Then refuse to do business with them. Make a list of who you don’t like, and try to organize something like the bank transfer day. That actually worked. These protests lost all meaning as anything other than something most people to mock a few weeks ago. You’ll get more done actually talking to people and organizing boycotts than you will camping the your local downtown area. Until you hurt a company’s bottom line, you’re not going to affect them.

      Of course, you’ll most likely cost honest hard working people that work for those corporations their jobs as they outsource more work or move outright overseas, lowering the standard of living for everyone, but hey, you’ll have made your point, right?

  4. BlessMyBurrito says:

    Liar Liar pants on Fire. Hey CBS. How about you tell the truth?

  5. Jim Strathmeyer says:

    What an obviously made up article. Who wrote this? Dirty cops, everywhere.

  6. angela says:

    This is terrible misinformation. You should be ashamed of yourselves, CBS.

  7. Gaby says:

    Misinforming the public again? You should be ashamed.

  8. Sarah says:

    News flash — Protesters say that police in an act of unprovoked aggression, attempted to defy the rights of peaceful citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble in protest of the stealing of their friends and neighbors futures by greedy entitled corporate entities….many protesters in their own words told police “shame on you!” The real story is on Youtube.

  9. Concerned Citizen says:

    I went down to occupy riverside this evening and saw plenty of footage from people’s cameras and cell phones that showed people being thrown, crushed, and hit by police today. I heard there was supposed to be followup to this story with the coverage from earlier today– WHERE IS IT?!??!? AND WHY IS JUSTIN BIEBER’S LOVE TAKING THE FRONT PAGE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  10. anonymous says:

    From Wall Street to Oakland to Riverside, the only reason any of these protests have become violent is because the police have overinvolved themselves. They need to back away and the city’s legislative body needs to take some responsibility for not forming a relationship with their community. These are not radicals– these are people with families and homes and priorities and jobs. They have a right to be peacefully heard. Bringing in SWAT and pointing tear gas launchers in peoples’ faces incites a riot mentality– why do they think people get upset? These cops don’t know how to police their own citizens. Search the truth on youtube.

  11. Cynthia Foster says:

    lies cbs..lies why dont you tell the truth for once..stop being the rest of the media and start acting like humans..arent u the 99% do you think just because they see, that you mean something. ha your a joke..

  12. Stephen Kemp says:

    Those who were arrested were engaging in defiant but nonviolent tactics of civil disobedience. I was there and did not observe one officer being assaulted in any way–except for a few taunts and many chants. This story is one of a string of many misleading and biased news accounts from the major media outlets.

  13. John says:

    And now you have 11 people that don’t need to worry about finding a job of where their next meal is coming from for the next 2-5 years. The state pen will be happy to provide both.

    In all fairness, though, this will get pled down to malicious mischief at best and all of these people will walk with probation. The RIverside DA won’t touch something like this in any significant way until someone gets hurt. Once that happens, the kid gloves will come off.

  14. Paul says:

    I watched the you tube videos. Where was the police brutality?
    Occupy movement has gotten peoples attention and made their point.
    Demonstrations like this do nothing to advance the cause. Educate, organize and use the system to make the changes you want.

  15. Justin Nelson says:

    I watched last night as the reporter who filed this story called her editors asking them to change the headline on this web site. Why hasn’t it been changed? The headline is misleading and false.



  17. niharika says:


    Interesting that you have changed your story CBS. According to this article, the protesters were charged with assault. According to the later article (link above), the protesters were charged with “resisting arrest or delaying functions of police officers.” Which is is CBS? Report facts! Shame on you, CBS.

  18. Janet Baernstein says:

    The police did ALL the provoking. Occupiers linking arms to protect property does not constitute assault. And even swear words, (which I acknowledge are poor behavior) do not constitute assault. Shame on you for engaging in clear bias and “spin”!!

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