No sooner did I post about Occupy Wall Street’s successful evasion of an eviction notice from the park where they’ve been camping, then they marched over to the New York Stock Exchange and got into a violent confrontation with the police. They were still carrying their brooms when the riot began. CBS News reports:
Police scooters were shaped like a V and moved toward the protesters in the standoff. One man lost his balance, and was run over by a police scooter. Police descended on the protester 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 protesters, 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 protester, throwing punches. Other officers surrounded the white-shirted officer, throwing punches.
Police say the protesters 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.
Well, at least we know where the garbage from Zuccotti Park ended up.
Speaking of Zuccotti Park, it looks like they really weren’t all that satisfied with the Occupy Wall Street cleanup after all. CNN reports they were threatened into calling off the eviction and fumigation operation by public officials:
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that at midnight Brookfield Office Properties — the real-estate firm that owns Zuccotti Park — made the decision not to clear out Wall Street protesters from a Lower Manhattan park after the company was “inundated” with calls from public officials who threatened them.
The mayor said during his weekly commentary on New York’s WOR Radio that he didn’t know which officials allegedly made the threats, but that the company decided to work out some form of a negotiated settlement with the protesters in the coming days.
Why doesn’t Bloomberg know which officials made the threats? He’s the Mayor, right?
Meanwhile, the police in Denver managed to clean up their “Occupy” camp without violence, as the Associated Press reports:
Dozens of police in riot gear pushed Wall Street protesters into retreat outside the state Capitol in Denver on Friday, and the protesters are retreating without resisting.
Many of the protesters chanted “Peaceful!” as they backed away from their encampment.
Officers placed plastic handcuffs on some protesters.
Authorities began taking down dozens of tents before dawn. Later, officers in helmets and carrying batons advanced on the a line of protesters who had locked arms around the tents, including a makeshift kitchen.
A main downtown street running by the park was cordoned off and some bus service was disrupted.
The action came after authorities gave an 11 p.m. Thursday deadline to clear the park, the scene of an anti-Wall Street protesters.
In Boston, the “Occupy” rabble spat on a female Coast Guard officer and threw a water bottle at her:
The Coast Guard in Boston confirmed that a woman in uniform was harassed and spat upon near Occupy Boston protesters.
The woman was walking to the train and said protesters spit on her twice, called her foul names and even threw a water bottle at her.
Now, the Coast Guard is warning all staff working on Atlantic Avenue to avoid those protesters while in uniform.
Devon Pendleton, a spokesman for Occupy Boston, doesn’t believe that those male protestors are actually part of the movement. However, Pendleton wants to be clear, that if protestors are responsible for doing something so disrespectful, he’d like to apologize on behalf of Occupy Boston.
Oh, those guys aren’t “part of the movement,” gosh, not at all. Meanwhile, part of an American city just become a no-go area for uniformed officers. Wonderful protest you’ve chosen to align yourselves with, Democrats!