SACRAMENTO - Some tense moments Sunday between police and protestors at Cesar Chavez Park when a crowd assembled around a group feeding the needy.
Sunday afternoon, an angry crowd confronted police officers, not for anything that happened Sunday but for what the protestors felt was heavy handed treatment they received last weekend.
The group Food Not Bombs set up to distribute meals to the needy like they have in the past, but Sunday they said they were doing so out of defiance. A spokesperson for the group tells News10 last week they were asked by police officers to stop feeding the hungry, so they had to move across the street.
Police mostly kept their distance from the food volunteers, but a group of protestors including members of the Occupy Movement shouted chants and heckled officers who shot photos and video of the group.
One of the protestors insisted that was nothing compared to what he witnessed last week.
"The police immediately ran over to them and told them that they could not feed the homeless out here. They could not feed any of the people, and I thought that was very unjust. I said who would make a law or an ordinance not to feed the poor. It just doesn't make any sense," Protestor Kevin Carter said.
A spokesperson for Sacramento Police disputes that claim. When asked about the alleged incident from last weekend, police said no one was ever asked to stop distributing food.
Officers distributed flyers on food safety guidelines. However police said they were not enforcing any specific ordinance Sunday or the previous weekend. Officers did shoot surveillance of the park both to document their own efforts and to monitor any potentially un-permitted activity.
However when protestors saw officers shooting photos and video of them, it only upset them more.
"They're just here to film us, and I don't think that they're going to do any actions today, but as we go down the line, this is just something they'll take back and they'll review, and then they'll come in with a tactic to use against stopping it. That's what they do. It's the same thing when we were doing the occupy movement. It's the same thing," Carter said.
Despite harsh words, Sunday's protests did not escalate into anything violent, and police say no arrests were made.