San Diego Police officers clad in riot gear arrested dozens of protesters early Friday morning from the Occupy San Diego encampment at the Civic Center.

Like most people in the media, I was fast asleep when the arrests happened, but I checked in this morning to see what was happening there.

Protesters heckled police who had formed a perimeter around the area. Eventually protesters walked into the plaza without confrontation.

The group is planning a rally tonight at the Civic Center. Here are some images from today, after the camp was dismantled.

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Early in the day, a lone protester slipped through the police line and placed himself in the Civic Center. (He gave his name, but because he is a minor and we don’t have his parents’ permission, we are not releasing it or showing his face, per VOSD policy)
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A line of police officers stands guard at the perimeter of the Civic Center plaza.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Protesters offered up donuts to the officers.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Crews clean up debris and the property of the arrested protesters on Friday morning.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Christopher McKay, 44, and Michael Basillas, 26, shout at officer Bobby Johnson. They called him a “hypocrite” and repeatedly said he and other officers were “on the wrong side of history.” Johnson laughed at the protesters.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A man who declined to give his name walks through the Civic Center and observes the sole protester inside the plaza.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A group dressed in Halloween costumes walked past the protesters gathered.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Frank Gormlie, editor of the OB Rag and a member of Occupy San Diego’s legal defense team, tries to sort out a list of arrestees.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Christopher McKay, 44, shouts at police officers.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Crews power wash the ground in the Civic Center plaza.

I’m a photojournalist at voiceofsandiego.org. You can contact me directly at sam.hodgson@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5664.

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Sam Hodgson

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com...

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