Baltimore joined several other cities from Boston to Los Angeles by sending in the police to disband occupiers who have taken over town squares.

Like some but unlike many, Baltimore police evicted more than three dozen protesters and homeless people without making a single arrest. Nearly two dozen were sent to homeless shelters, and police in riot gear acted responsibly and with restraint. Protesters left without any trouble.


The picture has been radically different across the country. A police commander in New York pepper-sprayed a woman standing behind a barrier, and protesters allege cops lured them to march across a bridge and then arrested them for trespassing.

And at the University of California Davis, a video of a police officer slowly spraying a stream of tear gas into the eyes of seated protesters became a symbol of brutality across the world. The Washington Post opined that "Occupy Wall Street is bad PR for Police." It's too bad that Baltimore police kept most of the media far away from the actiion, depriving them of some good coverage of cops behaving as they should.

In Oakland, police came under fire for using tear gas after clashing with prostesters and arresting more than 100, and then, in December, officers there made arrests when protesters managed to shut down the port.

Police in San Francisco arrested 56 protesters when officers cleared the final site, and cops in Philadelphia busted 52 and used bulldozers to clear the camp. In Boston, some were arrested when police moved into Dewey Square, but the eviction was described as civil and without injury.

Here are some comments collected from myself and colleague Justin Fenton, who watched the Baltimore's eviction.

"I'm very impressed by the level of civility that's been shown. There's mutual respect on both sides," said Mike Gibb, 21. "It's nothing like Oakland, nothing like Los Angeles."

"It's 4 in the morning," said Derrick Marshall, 34, who left behind a backpack with books and medicine. "They could've done this at 4 in the afternoon. It's cold. … Everything I own is back there.

Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, said the eviction was "very civil on both sides. ... It speaks to the long standing relationship we have had with the people of Occupy Baltimore."