About an hour ago, we got a breathless tip that 25-60 police officers in riot gear were lined up on the north end of Seattle Central Community College, preparing to give Occupiers—who have been ordered to vacate the SCCC campus today—the boot a hand with their heavy lifting.
The reality is much more banal: The uniformed cops (no riot gear to be seen) were part of a funeral procession leaving the Bonney-Watson Funeral Home across the street. Still, the scene at SCCC was a bit tense as a cavalcade of cop cars cruised slowly past protesters busy dismantling tents, raking up fallen leaves, and adding to the huge mound of trash piled in front of the school's Broadway Performance Hall. "No word yet on where we're headed," says Thomas, an Occupy Seattle spokesman, "but there are a few people out there busy on finding us a place." Thomas says that in the meantime, people are moving their tents and large items into storage—and, of course, the group has stated it's intention to keep one educational tent on campus for "teach-ins." Here are a few pics of the scene: