“The cops said they would make things hard for us, if we didn’t get you to leave.” – Anon drug dealer, revealing deal with police
“I’m going to punch you in the face. I know who you are, and I am going find you. The police will not protect you; they don’t want you around.” – A second dealer
A local cop-watcher was surrounded in People’s Park, and threatened to be beaten if the individual did not leave the Park. The drug dealers explained that the Berkeley police are giving them amnesty on Telegraph and in People’s Park if they would remove cop-watchers out of the Park. They seemed assured there would be no consequences to the attack, as if the attack truly would have police approval. Two maintenance workers cleaning the Park restroom, who happened to be in the area, moved closer to make their presence known, which prevented the attack. The cop-watcher was surrounded and pinned, and could have been killed.