Occupy Oakland Protesters Forcibly Dispersed by Police Tear Gas

Police fired tear gas at least five times Tuesday night into a crowd of several hundred protesters backing the Occupy movement who unsuccessfully tried to retake an encampment outside Oakland City Hall that officers had cleared away more than 12 hours earlier.

The Occupy Oakland campsite that continued to grow outside of Oakland City Hall got a few new visitors Wednesday: the Alameda County Health Department.

County health officials said the city had asked them to take a look. Also, the department reported a few concerned calls from residents.

"I think the police brutality drew a lot of people out of the hills and into the streets," said Josh Chavanne, 29, a freelance Web designer from Oakland. "There is nothing like a little inhumanity to turn on people's humanity."