- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dozens of protesters calling for the firing of San Francisco’s police chief converged on City Hall Friday night and clashed with sheriff’s deputies clad in riot gear.

The standoff came after five people who are on their 16th day of a hunger strike were taken to the hospital and their protest camp outside the Mission District police station was packed up.

KGO-TV reports the protesters occupied City Hall after business hours and refused to leave the building after deputies twice ordered them to leave. The deputies clad in helmets and armed with batons pushed the crowd back.

A witness video posted on Twitter shows four deputies dragging a man on the floor to tie him with wrist ties. At one point, someone kicked a metal detector out of the building.

Approximately 25 people were arrested and booked for trespassing, according to Eileen Hirst, chief of staff for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. Those arrested would likely be issued citations to appear in court and then released, she added.

The group named the Frisco Five started the hunger strike April 21 to protest two shooting deaths of minorities by police and the revelations that officers exchanged racist and homophobic text messages.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1Twgjgy ) the strikers were being treated at UCSF Medical Center, though the hospital would not release further information about their condition.

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