Arrests Made at Occupy Wall Street March on Brooklyn Bridge; Times' Natasha Lennard Reportedly Arrested

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Police have arrested protesters at today's Occupy Wall Street March on the Brooklyn Bridge. The New York Times says "500 people" were kettled on the bridge by police. The Times contributing reporter at the scene, Natasha Lennard, is said to have been arrested. A group called "globalrevolution" is livestreaming the march, and their footage can be seen above. It is not yet known how many arrests were made.

The Post reports the protests have "shut down" the Brooklyn Bridge and that Charlie Rangel "tried to lend his support [but] was chased away by a heckler." However, "the crowd came to his rescue, swamping the heckler and chanting in response: 'Everyone has the right to speak.'"

It is being tweeted that the New York Times' Natasha Lennard was one of the people arrested. She was contributing to the Times' City Room coverage, which put up the following post as the arrests began:

After allowing marchers from the Occupy Wall Street protests to claim the Brooklyn-bound car lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge and get partway across, the police cut the marchers off and plunged into the crowd and began making arrests around 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

At 4:35, around 500 people were caught on the bridge between orange nets. The police were letting some of them walk back to Manhattan. Others on the roadway clambered dangerously up the structure of the bridge to get to the wooden pedestrian walkway, which is about 15 feet above the road.

The "orange nets" seem to have become a symbol of the protests after the now infamous footage of police penning and pepper spraying non-violent female demonstrators went viral.

Video: Police Arresting Protesters on Brooklyn Bridge [NYT]

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Kurt Quereau
Kurt Quereau

this Wall Street Protest is really bothering me. Now before youcharge me with "knocking something before I've tried it," I've visitedtheir website numerous times, read their newspaper, and even attendedthe protest at Liberty Plaza earlier this evening to see what it was.  Thetrue problem with this is that it's uninformed and misguided. Look,we're all angry. Every country in the world is hurting financially. Sono one is disputing the need for change, and yes, moderation. Thesystem—which is allowing corporate mega-giants to buy laws—is becomingundemocratic. However, an energetic rally on Wall St. by mostly (notall) middle-class, unemployed, white twenty-somethings is just dumb.What are they protesting specifically, besides the vague,hackneyed idea of greedy corporate men and their $1000 champagne? Arethey protesting specific companies, i.e. are they aware Wall St. is aconglomeration? Are they protesting certain practices? Economicstructures? Certain CEOs? What? Do they really know the intricateworkings of Wall St. well enough to truly discern that the NYSE is thereal culprit here? How many of these kids protesting student debt withcardboard signs have hard-working parents who funded their collegetuition, in part, from their salary from a private company? Bankerscan be our friends. Don't forget, bankers lend to people, toprospective home-owners, to small businesses, and not justmega-corporations. We need to encourage banks to lend, encourage themto grow. What exactly do you accomplish by protesting Wall St.? If youwant change, you change laws; you go after policy-makers. You go rallyoutside the Fed, you demand the resignation of Ben Bernanke, you writeletters to members of Congress, you educate yourself and others. Youdon't form drum circles in Downtown NY, yell obscenities atmiddle-class, unionized police officers, and you don't push and shoveso you can be seen on CNN or MSNBC. (Sorry, folks, Radiohead ended upnot playing, and Susan Sarandon went back to her really nice apartment). Iknow our generation is disillusioned, and I know we suffer from chroniccynicism. I know we only know a post-911 adulthood, I know our parentsmade history with Civil Rights, and I know we are detached from ourhumanity with our cyber-addictions. It's cathartic to bang drums, tomake history, to yell, and hell, to even get arrested. It gives uscredibility, gives us life. But, please, convert that energy into education.Convert that energy into searching with more vigor for a job. I've beenunemployed for quite some time (came home from long days in tears offrustration) but I'm just beginning to find opportunities. They're outthere. Fight for ideas, fight for civil rights, fight for federal gaymarriage, fight disease, but don't fight an enemy you haven't clearlydefined. We can't afford to be naive or ignorant.  (PS.The irony of the protesters using the McDonald's bathroom and perusingcyberspace on their Mac computers goes without saying). 

Don_Alejandro
Don_Alejandro

Actually, most of the marchers used the pedestrian lane, till police diverted the last of them onto the road, then coralled them. Hard to say it's just a couple hundred malcontents when they can arrest 700 by skimming off the tail of a march. Also note how quickly Minitrue sprang into action: www.spectrumz.com/z/minitrue.h...

pumabydesign001
pumabydesign001

To the trust fund babies squatting in Zuccotti Park and freeloading on our services.  Get out of my city and off of my bridge.

It is my taxpayer dollars that is paying for the services that you abuse.  Go home to your rich parents and leave New Yorkers alone.

Sltahoe88
Sltahoe88

Abuse? No, it's the First Amendment right of every protestor to occupy the streets. Whether you agree with the OWS movement or not, if you believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you must support the right of people to protest. Government officials take an oath to defend the Constitution, not a specific political position or individual. Let's keep it peaceful to get the maximum benefit of the free speech.

Kevin Schmidt
Kevin Schmidt

Again, where is your proof? Oh, that's right. You have no proof, just a delusional mind. If you had a normal mind, you would have realized that thousands of people are there to protest against the wealthy freeloaders and "rich parents". Do you even know what this is all about? Apparently not!

pumabydesign001
pumabydesign001

Spoken like a true Progressive.  Common sense says if you commandeer a bridge, you're going to get arrested.  

Typical of the left to lay blame elsewhere.

N U
N U

Spoiled rich kid douchebags at that. let them try to block traffic on the Verazzano or Whitestone bridges and working-class motorists will run them off the bridge, right into the water.

buddyroo
buddyroo

When this thing started, I assumed that it was mostly the usual cast of extremely self-righteous professional protesters, and that was why the actual proletariat didn't care, because I'd rather be robbed blind by Goldman Sachs than herded into re-education camp by dreadlocked white boys, but the the cops have provided some serious free PR. Maybe Bloomberg is secretly a communist? Now even I'm sympathetic. If we turn our heads when the cops act like brownshirts just because the protesters are culty sectarians, we're asking for it.I bet OWS wouldn't have raised that cash if it wasn't for the pepper spray gang, but I'd take living in a non-police state over a few large. Anyhoo, go ahead and let the dogs out Bloomy, they've already done a Lazarus on a "movement" that was stillborn, crack a few more heads and even I might join the party.

Kevin Schmidt
Kevin Schmidt

You must be competing for the most heartless and dumbest comment of the day.

Matt
Matt

These people were re-routed to the Brooklyn Bridge by the police in the first place. The cops set them up.

Dafinsta718
Dafinsta718

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?...     ........The protestors were warned ahead of time, but good luck finding these videos anywhere else. I'd be much more supportive of this cause , but certain groups with agendas have turned Occupy Wall Street into " We Hate Cops".

pumabydesign001
pumabydesign001

What do you mean the police set them up?  Common sense says if you commandeer a bridge, you're going to get arrested.  

Typical of the left to lay blame elsewhere.

Kevin Schmidt
Kevin Schmidt

The police allowed them to march on the road! Plus, Matt never claimed to be from the left. So that makes you comment completely delusional.

pumabydesign001
pumabydesign001

That may be true but their costing my city millions while inconvencing those which they purport to support.

pumabydesign001
pumabydesign001

Common sense says if you commandeer a bridge, you're going to get arrested.  Typical of the left to lay blame elsewhere.

Sltahoe88
Sltahoe88

It appears that people on the right of the political spectrum think anyone who disagrees with the direction the country is going and is willing to take to the streets to voice their disagreement is a liberal lefty. I think people are just unhappy that government hasn't fixed the obvious problems with the financial system and are now willing to voice their feelings.

jp e
jp e

What a bunch of douchebags.

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