Police shut down floating Aquapy encampment on Lake Merritt

Posted on 16 December 2011 by Amber Norris

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John C. Osborn reports for Oakland North:

Oakland police late Thursday night confiscated the SS Don’t Let the Banks Punk You Out, a raft launched onto Lake Merritt less than a week ago in order to advertise for the West Coast port shutdown and Occupy the lake — or Aquapy it, rather.

During the late evening raid, three occupiers sailing on the 10-foot-long vessel were detained briefly and then released. At least one occupier, who gave his name as Jeff Boffo, of Oakland, was ticketed for not having a boat permit. ”[OPD] equated it to getting a speeding ticket,” he said after his release from custody.

Following a call on Twitter for supporters to come down to Lake Merritt at around 10 p.m., about 30 people showed up at the sailboat clubhouse, where seven police cars and at least 10 officers could be seen. (Read more.)