Occupy Wall Street Becoming Violent: NY's Backdown From Park Cleanup Sparks Depraved Bravado
October 14th, 2011
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Just a few hours after protestors learned they’d be able to stay in Zuccotti Park indefinitely, violence has broken out as a group marched away from it.
Protestors, apparently jubilant over being able to stay in the park after their furious cleanup efforts, took their brooms, flags and signs and started fanning out at around 7:30 a.m.
1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported the protestors were saying things to the effect that now that they’d cleaned up the park, they were going to clean up Wall Street.
A group of protestors headed south on Broadway toward the New York Stock Exchange, carrying their brooms. Police were taken off-guard, Sandberg reported. The group swelled quickly and wound up in a confrontation with police as they tried to gain access to Wall Street. The standoff occurred near Bowling Green as they turned left on Beaver Street.
Police scooters were shaped like a V and moved toward the protestors in the standoff. One man lost his balance, and was run over by a police scooter. Police descended on the protestor and got him out from under the bike, but violence broke out. Some witnesses tell Sandberg the man was beaten during the arrest.
Sandberg reported police clashed with some protestors, wielding their night sticks and batons. A police officer in a white shirt, possibly a captain, hurled his megaphone and wound up rolling around in the street with a protestor, throwing punches. Other officers surrounded the white-shirted officer, throwing punches.
Police say the protestors were throwing bottles and bags of garbage at officers, triggering the police response, Sandberg reported. Police say they were trying to control the situation when it got out of hand.
A number of arrests have been made, Sandberg reported.
The protestors wound up circling back and returned to Zuccotti Park, Sandberg reported.
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