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California police use rubber bullets and cherry-picker to remove tree sitters

• Eric W. Dolan via

Police officers used rubber bullets and a cherry-picker to remove protesters from tall pine trees in northern California on Tuesday.

Dozens California Highway Patrol officers clad in visored helmets and armed with batons removed the activists from their protest spot near Highway 101. The protesters, part of a group calling itself Save Our Little Lake Valley, have sought to block construction of a four-lane highway bypass around the small city of Willits in Mendocino County for nearly two months.

“I do know that CHP needed to use some less lethal means because I am aware that one of them resisted the extraction. But I don’t know the details of what was used,” Caltrans spokesman Phil Frisbie told the Press Democrat.

The activists were given multiple warnings before being removed from the trees and arrested for trespassing, according to the CHP.


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