At least three cities had violent ends to their Occupy protests on Saturday night and dozens were arrested.
In Salt Lake City, the city gave the order to vacate the park on Friday, hours after a homeless man was found dead in a tent. Those who resisted leaving faced arrest and 19 people had been arrested by 8 p.m. on Saturday. A bulldozer was actually brought in by the city to wipe out the encampment. Police Chief Chris Burbank went as far as to accuse the protesters of taking advantage of the city's homeless population in order to increase the Occupy movement's size.
Meanwhile, police in Denver faced similar challenges as they tried to get protesters out of Civic Center park, resulting in the arrest of 16 people. A police department spokesman said, “This isn’t safe and it’s not sanitary.”
At Occupy San Francisco, two policemen were injured in a clash with protesters. One officer was slashed with a razor blade, but no one has been arrested in conjunction with the injuries.