Workers clean Frank H. Ogawa plaza Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. Occupy Oakland protestors have been trying to stay in Frank H. Ogawa plaza since being evicted early Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) By Ben Margot
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland city officials are allowing Occupy Wall Street protesters back into a plaza where police raided and cleared a 15-day-old encampment, but they will continue prohibiting people from spending the night there.
Mayor Jean Quan announced the conciliatory gesture Wednesday, hours after officers in riot gear clashed with and fired tear gas at demonstrators who had tried to re-establish the disbanded camp.
Quan says Oakland supports the protesters' goals, but had to act when a small number of them threw rocks, paint and bottles at the police.
A 24-year-old Iraq War veteran was critically injured by a projectile that struck him in the head during the chaotic conflict Tuesday night.
Police Chief Howard Jordan says an internal review board and local prosecutors have been asked to determine if officers on the scene used excessive force.