Oakland police issue another cease and desist order to Occupy camp

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Police distributed another round of formal notices to Occupy Oakland protesters Sunday evening warning them to leave the encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza, amid growing speculation that a raid is imminent.

The cease and desist order is at least the fourth such notice the city has distributed since Friday. It notifies protestors that they do not have permission to stay in any city parks or other city property, and that if they remain they will be subject to arrest.

The notice also  includes information on available homeless shelters, and tells protestors that if they inform shelter staff they are from Occupy Oakland they will receive priority for a bed.

Occupy Oakland protesters and supporters on Twitter are indicating that they anticipate a raid Sunday night.

The move to evict campers appears to have been triggered in part by a homicide Thursday, in which Oakland resident Kayode Ola Foster was shot and killed. Foster, 25, had been staying at the Occupy Oakland camp in the days before the shooting, as was the suspect, police said.

In addition, merchants and residents have issued calls for the camp's removal, citing ongoing problems with vandalism, crime and lost business in the downtown area.

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