Some protesters disputed the police account and said officers had shown up at a peaceful protest in riot gear.
"We went to deliver sage and tobacco and water to the tree-sitters, because we had heard earlier that (police) were denying them food and water and threatening people helping them with arrest," said a man identifying himself only as Ayr. "We got the stuff up to them and we were doing some chants and songs when one of the tree-sitters came down and started cutting the fence."]
TOBACCO? In Berkeley. For the Tree People? What's up with that?