potlede.jpgPolice arrested a protester with “Occupy SF” in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco this morning.

Witnesses said two officers approached a man sitting at the corner of Spear and Market streets after smelling marijuana smoke. The man extinguished the marijuana before being asked for his medical marijuana card, they said.

A protester who identified himself as “Gypsy” said police confiscated the man’s cannabis card and threatened him with arrest.

Gypsy, who told a couple of people to record the incident on video, said he approached the group and tried to explain medical marijuana laws, acting as an on-the-spot legal counsel, but was told to go away by police.

“I was told I was interfering with a police investigation and told to go away,” Gypsy said. “Police were asking that legal counsel be denied.”

Gypsy said the man jokingly tried to run away and stopped before the two officers tackled and arrested him.

A Federal Reserve police officer said the man was arrested for assault.

Zack Farmer, Bay City News

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  • Jimbo

    He was offering “legal counsel.” Of course. Because when I need a lawyer, the first one I contact is a guy who lives on a sidewalk with a dirty sleeping bag and calls himself “Gypsy.”

  • Jimbo

    He was offering “legal counsel.” Of course. Because when I need a lawyer, the first one I contact is a guy who lives on a sidewalk with a dirty sleeping bag and calls himself “Gypsy.”

  • Dan

    The fact that ‘Gypsy’ is the only person who reports seeing this incident – out of the dozens or hundreds that are at this protest at any given time – means I will trust the officers’ word that there was an assault until evidence to the contrary is presented.

  • Dan

    The fact that ‘Gypsy’ is the only person who reports seeing this incident – out of the dozens or hundreds that are at this protest at any given time – means I will trust the officers’ word that there was an assault until evidence to the contrary is presented.

  • Gypsy Romani

    Hey Its Gypsy from #OSF He never raised a finger to anyone (hard to with his arm in a cast) the feds are as we all know liars. Either way thank you Mr Farmer for the artical. the man was released a few hours later with no charges filed. Sooo what about assault? Asshats.

  • Gypsy Romani

    Hey Its Gypsy from #OSF He never raised a finger to anyone (hard to with his arm in a cast) the feds are as we all know liars. Either way thank you Mr Farmer for the artical. the man was released a few hours later with no charges filed. Sooo what about assault? Asshats.