Occupy SF protesters deny attacks on police

Reports that police were attacked by demonstrators during a march Saturday were unfounded, Occupy SF representatives claimed Sunday.

“No evidence of such attacks has come to light, nor have any witnesses turned up after an extensive Occupy SF investigation” that included several interviews and reviews of video footage, a statement from the group’s communications team read.

Police said two officers were attacked during a march Saturday afternoon. A male officer who tried to prevent protesters from taking over an intersection was cut by a demonstrator, police said.

Another cop had his radio taken by a protester, and suffered a facial laceration when another demonstrator tried to block him from retrieving it, police said.

Occupy SF also took issue with officers’ “violent shoving of protesters” during the march, and said its movement “operates under a consensus of nonviolence.”

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