Occupy San Jose Protester Scales Wall, Refused to Come Down - NBC Bay Area

Occupy San Jose Protester Scales Wall, Refused to Come Down

The Walls Are Occupied



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    Protesters are taking part in Occupy protests across the globe, including in San Jose.

    He's taken the walls.

    A nimble Occupy San Jose protester scaled a 36-foot wall in the middle of the night on Monday morning, during a police raid on the protesters' encampment, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

    When cops arrested four protesters for camping on city property, Shaun O'Kelly, 27, went for the walls, hurtling up the three-story-tall structure at 3:20 a.m. on Monday, the newspaper reported.

    And there he plans to stay, he told the newspaper.

    "I'm going to stay up here as long as I can," he told the newspaper, noting that he has food, water and bedding -- as well as a sign that reads, "10 idling vehicles, 14 police officers, 4 peaceful protesters. Is your money being spent wisely San Jose?"

    Cops have thus far taken a hands-off approach, hoping that O'Kelly, a former construction worker who has been homeless for some time, will come down on his own accord.

    "We're hoping he'll come down and we can make contact with him then," police Sgt. Jose Garcia said.