Fourth Day of Occupy Wall Street Brings Arrests, Accusations of Excessive NYPD Force

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A protester sleeping in Zuccotti Park.
Police arrested protesters taking part in the Occupy Wall Street demonstration early this morning as the protest entered its fourth day. Participants said at least seven people were arrested, including several of the protest's leading spokespeople and media coordinators. A Police Department spokesman would not confirm the number of arrests.

Michael Riley was on his way home to Queens from a friend's house in Brooklyn early this morning when he decided to stop by Zuccotti Park to see how the protesters were faring. He picked up some coffee, muffins, and Snapple and brought it all by the park, where many of the 200 or so remaining protesters were still asleep in sleeping bags and makeshift tarp shelters.

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Signs at the Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park.
"A little after I arrived, a police officer walked over and politely asked everyone to remove the tarps and tents," Riley said. "He said it was private property, and everyone had 10 minutes to take down any free-standing structures or anything tied to trees or posts."

Riley and several others circulated through the camp, spreading the word. Some of the protesters objected, arguing that they shouldn't cooperate with the police request, but they were overruled by the majority, Riley says.

"All of a sudden, not five minutes after they first brought it up, about half a dozen cops are wading into the camp, forcibly tearing down tarps and pushing people around even as they were trying to comply with the orders. They were pushing young women around. I consider myself a moderate, I was just observing, but I found it quite disturbing."

Kira Moyer-Sims, one of the protesters who has been coordinating media communications for the protesters, said that three prominent members of the media team were arrested in the scrum that followed: Justin Wedes, Dylan Jones, and a man named Spike.

"Justin had lost his voice, and was using a megaphone to try to talk to people with it," Moyer-Sims says. "The police beat him down and violently pushed him down to the ground. He wasn't resisting, but they were holding him down with their knees.

Moyer-Sims says today's rain has further diminished the protesters' numbers, but that the arrests have hardened the resolve of those who remain.

"It's also sparked a lot of conversation about what the proper level of cooperation with the police is," she says. "Should we be obeying everything they say, if they're going to act like that?"

Here's video of some of the arrests:

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Front

The NYPD reacts more forcefully when a protest is aimed against the status quo. I have been to politically moderate protests, where the NY police were calm and did not act against the demonstrators. It is the ideology behind a given demonstration that causes the police to react with force, which is a shameful indictment of the NYPD.

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robert
robert

I saw the video of Justin's arrest.  There is absolutely no evidence that he was "beaten down"  as Ms. Moyer-Sims claims.  He was warned that it was against the law to continue to use the bullhorn, yet even after the warning, he continued to use it.  He was put on the ground to be handcuffed.   

Here is the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

If you believe in what you are doing, you shouldn's have to lie about the facts.

Juan Pablo
Juan Pablo

same in Spain, just be pacific, smart and resist till the end, Madrid is with you :)

Lulum
Lulum

I have been watching the news - all stations - all day - no coverage...WHY???

23444
23444

Police thugs, the same the world over, we have them in London England.

John
John

Because this is a NON-EVENT. Nothing is happening - except on twitter. (and that is all contrived.) Their glorious revolution is fiction.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Because they don't want people to see that hundreds of their fellow citizens are fed up enough to occupy Wall Street - and they don't want people to see NYPD doing what they do best - let their roid rage loose on the citizens.

Shame on the police
Shame on the police

because this is aimed at corporate commies that control the media...if the whole country would join them there we'd get some action then !  

INSIDExJOB
INSIDExJOB

Hahahahahahahaha!!!Laughable coverage by the voice, still covering/spinning for their corporate overlords. $ell Out$!!

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