October 24, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police have arrested at least two people in an early-morning raid on squatters at an abandoned church.
Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza says police raided the illegally occupied church around 7 a.m. Wednesday. It is in the city's Ocean View district.
One person was taken into custody on suspicion of resisting arrest, the other for alleged outstanding arrest warrants. Their names have not been released.
Esparza says more than two dozen other people left the building without incident.
Police believe the group is homeless and had been squatting in the building for months in a protest to have it converted into a community center and garden.
The building's owner, Ken Toy, says he's been waiting to get a demolition permit and eventually build a multi-use commercial facility.
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