OAKLAND -- The Oakland city attorney has sued two more Occupy Oakland protesters to try to force them to pay for damage after police arrested them on suspicion of spray painting public property during a wave of vandalism at a demonstration in January.
Chloe Watlington, 25, of Oakland, and Paul Woods, 25, of Santa Cruz, were arrested Jan. 28 on suspicion of spray painting on the Scotlan Convention Center in downtown Oakland. Neither were immediately available for comment.
Officers said they saw Watlington spray paint part of the center and saw her with a can of spray paint in the pocket of her sweatshirt, according to the City Attorney Barbara Parker. Woods was arrested on suspicion of spray painting "Oakland Commune" on a sign at Broadway and 11th Street, Parker said.
The lawsuits aim to recoup $400 from each defendant to cover the cost of cleaning the property. The two could also be required to pay other special and punitive damages to be determined by the court.
In late February, Cesar Aguirre, 24, of Elk Grove, was sued for $6,654 for the costs to repair the window and doors at two police buildings downtown during a Occupy protest in November.
An investigator is reviewing video of vandalism associated with recent protests.
Parker said her office will continue to review other vandalism cases related to Occupy Oakland demonstrations and possibly file additional lawsuits to recover damages so taxpayers do not have to shoulder the costs of vandalism and to deter vandals.