Occupy San Francisco Protesters Throw Bibles, Bricks at Cops

An Occupy protester chains herself to fellow demonstrators blocking a Bank of America branch entrance on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

A group of Occupy San Francisco protesters took over an abandoned hotel Friday night and threw bricks and Bibles from the roof, police said.

“Once they gained access [to the hotel], some of them made it to the top of the roof and they then began to throw Bibles down at the officers,” San Francisco Police Department spokesman Carlos Manfredi, according to ABC News.

“One of our officers was struck with a brick to the chest and one of our lieutenants was struck in the hand with an object and may have damaged or even broken his hand,” he said.

Occupy San Francisco Protesters Throw Bibles, Bricks at Cops

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The day began as a coordinated “Day of Action” targeting the city’s financial institutions, including the Federal Reserve, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and others, as part of a U.S.-wide demonstration protesting of the second anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Protesters chained themselves in front of banks and blocked the entrances.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, police arrested a total of 23 protesters — 19 during bank protests and four in connection with occupying the empty hotel.

Police used pepper spray and batons to take the protesters into custody. Manfredi said he did not believe any protesters were arrested in connection with assaulting either of the two injured officers, the Chronicle reported.

KRON-TV reported one of its employees “narrowly escaped injury” when one of the Bibles landed just feet away from him.

Occupy San Francisco Protesters Throw Bibles, Bricks at Cops

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According to ABC, one of the protesters involved in the day’s demonstrations in front of a Bank of America branch was Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran critically injured during riots at Occupy Oakland in October.

(h/t Zombie)