A member of a group attempting to reinvigorate the dormant Occupy SF encampment was stabbed outside of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on Sunday night, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, protesters identified the victim as 28-year-old Brian “Boston” Reid, an Occupier who had been with the camp since its incarnation last fall.
In a statement, SFPD Spokesman Albie Esparza said that the injuries are life-threatening, and Reid was driven to San Francisco General Hospital by friends. Later, Esparza told the Examiner that Reid is expected to survive the attack.
Protesters told the Examiner that the suspect was a white man in his early 20s who had entered the encampment about a week before the incident and fled immediately following the attack. According to the protesters, the suspect had been aggressive toward other campers, and had been claiming that he was the group’s leader.
“He clearly came here with an intent to destroy our revived occupation site,” said demonstrator Mark Schwartz to the Examiner. “He was an aggressor. We are peaceful.”
According to CBS, the altercation began over the whereabouts of a camera. The suspect is a thin, 5’5″ man with blond hair and blue eyes who was last seen wearing a dark beanie, a dark puffy jacket and black-framed glasses.
For the past month, a group of ten to 20 demonstrators who call themselves “reoccupiers” have been camping outside of the Federal Reserve Bank in an attempt to reignite the camp, according to Occupy SF. The original encampment in Justin Herman Plaza was raided by police in December.
Last week, a group of demonstrators also attempted to reinvigorate Occupy Oakland by setting up a new camp at Mosswood Park. Protesters told the San Francisco Chronicle that the camp was in response to both the arrest of several Occupy protesters in New York and the the shooting of Treyvon Martin, an unarmed black teen in Florida. However, police quickly disbanded the site upon learning of the new location.