OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Police have released surveillance video they say shows Occupy demonstrators breaking into City Hall during the protests in Oakland Saturday night.

Oakland police spokeswoman Cynthia Perkins said the protesters were able to get inside the building using what she termed a “pry tool.” Once the protesters were inside, police say they removed items including an American Flag.

The start of the black-and-white video shows people coming through the door, then papers being strewn about.

Images from a second camera show a crowd of people on the front stairs, with the American flag being set on fire.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

In releasing the images, Oakland police investigators are asking members of the public to call police if they recognize people in the crowd.

More than 400 people were arrested Saturday when a midday march escalated into a clash between some rock-throwing protesters and police who responded with tear gas.

KCBS, CBS 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Reports:

KCBS, CBS 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier said police turned around in a short amount of time with their video assessing that it seems to be a fight for the incriminating images as much as it is a fight on the streets.

“The Occupy mindset is that ‘we are taking to the streets. We have a message. We are going to take over buildings and if you try to stop us that is wrong,’” Matier said. “They had more arrests in Alameda County on Saturday night thanks to this demonstration than they’ve seen since the great protests of Lawrence Livermore Lab 30 years ago.”

Matier was referring to the arrest of 1,300 anti-nuclear protesters in 1982.

He commented that both Santa Rita Jail and the Downtown Oakland Jail were swamped with processing those that got arrested.

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Comments (8)
  1. removeQuan says:

    I find it hard to believe there was no inside security in city hall or even an alarm system for any type of break ins. Why didn’t the cops take fingerprints from the broken artifacts or from the rooms that were broken into and compare them the those arrested.

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  2. Tom101010 says:

    A** H***s. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. There are men and women dying over seas protecting what that flag stands for. Protecting your right to free speech and much more. Get the hell out of our country if you feel it does not suit your needs. Breaking into a government building and then burning an American flag is shameful and wrong. Good job OPD for releasing the videos

  3. Philip Scharfy says:

    “Murders. Suicides. Rapes. Overdose deaths. Heroin dealing. Creepy guys exposing themselves to small children. People defecating and urinating on police cars. Outbreaks of hepatitis and body lice. Arson. Assaulting the police; trasging our Publicbuilding and burning our flag. Say, remember when the Tea Party did all this stuff? Me neither. Rarely have the lines in the culture war been as clearly demarcated as they are right now”

  4. It's over for you says:

    Good job! You f@#$%ing idiots just lost another wave of support! Do really think that flag represents what you are fighting against?! You look as if you’re grasping at straws, now!

  5. CA says:

    People…. Wake Up. Burning American Flag is not acceptable. Are you guys fighting against your own flag? No one supports demonstrators who are violent and burn our own country flag. Let’s be demonstration peaceful and representative of what you are asking for. No more violence….

    1. Darwin says:

      Yes, they are. Have you not seen the photos of these idiots painting “revolution” and other similar statements, like the anarchy symbol all over. Yet these are ‘peaceful’ protests. What a joke and there idiotic lawyers claiming the police were attacking them while they were doing nothing. It is all so laughable as to be pathetic. Its the same old axe all over again.