Citibank Releases Statement Regarding Arrests


Yesterday, we reported that 24 people were arrested after protesting at a Citibank near Washington Square Park. The above video shows the demonstrators locked inside the branch and police arriving on the scene. Some protesters say they were merely trying to close their accounts, while the police charged the 24 with criminal trespassing. Citibank has released a statement regarding the incident. Read it after the jump.

From their website:

Citibank Public Affairs issued the following statement regarding today's incident: "A large amount of protesters entered our branch at 555 La Guardia Place around 2:00 PM today. They were very disruptive and refused to leave after being repeatedly asked, causing our staff to call 911. The Police asked the branch staff to close the branch until the protesters could be removed. Only one person asked to close an account and was accommodated."

To be clear: no one was arrested for closing an account; we didn't lock people in our branch - the police decided to close the branch; and we didn't ask for anyone to be arrested - that is a police decision.

The difference between police deciding to "close the branch" and Citibank locking the doors seems negligible, and as Gothamist points out, Citibank places almost all the responsibility on the shoulders of the NYPD.

Citibank Statement Regarding Protester Arrests [Citi.com via Gothamist]

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Guest
Guest

The bank is trying to cover up their decision by saying it was the NYPD's choice to have them close the business and lock the doors so they could arrest them.  This is detaining people against their will (HOSTAGE).  The bank could have just accommodated them by letting them close their accounts and let them be on their way, then if they didn't leave the premises then the police could have come in and arrested them for trespassing.  But until the customer closes their account they have the right to be on the property as a customer.This is where the Government LAW goes overboard in giving demands to close a business to detain people they want to arrest so they make revenue.

Liberty47
Liberty47

There is one video report that clearly shows one woman being arrested by a plain clother police officer after she had left the bank and identified herself as a customer who had just closed her account. This makes the Citibank News Release appear less than truthful.

doug tauber
doug tauber

I'm sorry, but when you say they refused to leave, and there is video of your security guards arresting them while they are outside the the bank, a statement from Citi-Bank saying that you prevented them from leaving, and hundreds of witnesses to back up their story to boot, It's going to be impossible to prove that in a court of law when you get sued for unlawful arrest. I hope the punitive damages that they get awarded put them in the top 1%. 

doug tauber
doug tauber

I'm sorry, but when you say they refused to leave, and there is video of your security guards arresting them while they are outside the the bank, a statement from Citi-Bank saying that you prevented them from leaving, and hundreds of witnesses to back up their story to boot, It's going to be impossible to prove that in a court of law when you get sued for unlawful arrest. I hope the punitive damages that they get awarded put them in the top 1%. 

doug tauber
doug tauber

I'm sorry, but when you say they refused to leave, and there is video of your security guards arresting them while they are outside the the bank, a statement from Citi-Bank saying that you prevented them from leaving, and hundreds of witnesses to back up their story to boot, It's going to be impossible to prove that in a court of law when you get sued for unlawful arrest. I hope the punitive damages that they get awarded put them in the top 1%. 

nlcatter
nlcatter

i would love to be on that jury!

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