Is it difference in the cities? Almost feels as if it is.
From Portland, here's the safety and crime situation as regards Occupy Portland from the point of view of the Police Bureau:
On October 7, 2011, representatives from Occupy Portland, the Portland Marathon, the Mayor's office, and the City of Portland met to discuss plans for Chapman Park and Lownsdale Square.
After the conclusion of yesterday's successful march, numerous people asked for permission to camp in the parks overnight. Those camping were told that the Portland Marathon has had a long-standing permit that began on October 7 at 9 a.m., to allow for preparations before Sunday's Portland Marathon. This morning, Occupy Portland's General Assembly held a press conference and stated that they were in support of the Portland Marathon and wanted to work collaboratively on an agreement that would suit the needs of both organizations.
The communication between all the parties has been marked by a desire to be collaborative. At this time, discussions are productive, but have not reached a final conclusion. We will release further updates as discussions progress.
The mood in the parks is relaxed, and people who are camping are otherwise following park rules. The Police Bureau will continuously monitor the camping situation, but are not expecting any large-scale issues.
Sounds about as positive as any side could hope for, and a lot better than many had expected. There had been some openly-expressed worries about violence and arrests, but none of that seemed to happen.
In Seattle, there were arrests, and there were problems. This from a post by a Seattle detective:
On October 5th Seattle Police encouraged demonstrators to remove tents from city property (Westlake Park). After numerous refusals to comply, officers arrested 25 demonstrators.
Of the 25 arrests, there were 21 adult males, two adult females, and two juvenile females.
Sixteen demonstrators were interviewed and released from the West Precinct. Those 16 cases will be forwarded to the City Attorney’s Office with a request for charges of Obstructing a Public Officer.
Nine demonstrators were booked into the King County Jail for Obstructing a Public Officer.
Officers from various Seattle Police units were utilized for this event: uniformed patrol, mounted patrol, foot beat, bicycle and traffic officers.
Why the difference? The Portland event, by the way, seemed to be the larger of the two.