When Occupy Wall Street started a year ago it spread across the country and eventually reached Sacramento.
Occupy Sacramento began on Oct. 6, 2011 in Caesar Chavez park. The movement gained a lot of support with dozens setting up camp, others bringing supplies, and hundreds gathering to protest; days later, arrests began because occupiers were in the park past its curfew.
One of the people arrested was activist Cindy Sheehan, which happened on Oct. 16.
A month and two days later would be the incident the area would become infamous for. Cell phone video of U.C. Davis students being pepper sprayed went viral; eventually it led to the officer and the campus police chief being terminated from their positions.
That wasn’t the only northern California incident to gain national attention.
On Nov. 2, riots happened hours after an Occupy Oakland protest started peacefully and drew 3,000 to 4,000 people.
Protests in northern California continued well into November and December, but the occupy sites seemed to lose momentum at the start of 2012.
U.C. Davis students returned but not as many. Occupy Sacramento moved across the street to city hall where now only a handful of people sit with signs.