This article and the Occupy protest it describes aren't concerned with the 1% if they ever were but with every detail of police and residents effectively tortured, caged and helpless in the face of Occupy people said to be violently interrupted by police while minding their own business. Poetry-reciting Occupy people had to hear 'obscenities' from mean residents whose children were kept awake by loud chanting and singing of Occupy protesters. A meanie even said the F-word to the poor author of this story. The article doesn't mention Occupy is deliberate, legalized theft of law abiding middle class taxpayers who are forced to pay millions in police overtime, clean up and damages.
4/17/12, "NYPD Arrest At Least 10 As Occupy Wall Street Seeks Sanctuary On Federal Property," Gothamist, Christopher Robbins
"At least 10 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested last night during a large demonstration across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. Forced off the sidewalk on Broad Street earlier in the day, Occupiers sought refuge on the steps of Federal Hall, which is U.S. government property. For the most part, U.S. Park Police tolerated their presence, provided they didn't violate a "no sleeping or camping" rule. But as day turned to night, the NYPD continued to make arrests, frequently singling out protesters who seemingly did nothing wrong, and in some cases violently detaining them.
It was a strange scene at the intersection of Wall and Broad Streets, with hundreds of demonstrators amassing in the afternoon, with a core group of about 80 holding steady on Federal Hall steps through the night. A steady flow of tourists and residents mingled with hundreds of police officers, Financial District workers, and protesters a stones throw from the Stock Exchange. Meanwhile, around the corner, a phalanx of officers stood guard over the sidewalk that had been part of the "sleepful protest" for the better part of a week.
Around 9:10 p.m., around a dozen NYPD officers, along with six of their U.S. Park Police counterparts stood atop the stairs of Federal Hall, and appeared to be making preparations to force the protesters from the steps. That never happened, but the demonstrators began loudly chanting and singing, which raised the ire of several of the residents of 37 Wall Street, a former office-turned-condo across from the museum.
"None of our kids can sleep," a woman who later identified herself as "Jennifer Lopez" said. "These people don't have jobs, they haven't showered; they're fucking disgusting." Over the course of around 20 minutes, the group of roughly 6 residents became extremely upset, shouting obscenities at the protesters from behind a wall of NYPD officers who were facing Federal Hall.
"They're whiny fucking bitches!" shouted a man who also said he lived in 37 Wall Street. "Oh boo hoo, we want money, we want cars, we want government handouts. It's fucking bullshit!" Two white-shirted NYPD officials who appeared to be in charge most of the evening, Deputy Chief McNamara and Inspector O'Connell, attempted to calm the residents down.
When we asked for the two residents' names, Inspector O'Connell blocked us. "We know what you do," he said. "You're done here. They're not gonna give you their names." We replied that we had to at least ask. "Get the fuck back."
Later, O'Connell told us that he was trying to prevent "a riot." "You wanna incite them? You want these two groups throwing bottles at each other?" When we attempted again to speak to the man, he swore at us and said his name was, "Fuck You. Want me to spell it for you?"
Minutes later, one of the residents, a short, stocky man with thinning hair got into a shouting match with a protester, and lunged after him, punching him repeatedly. NYPD officers pulled the man through the police line. He was not arrested.
Around 9:40 p.m., police began arresting protesters in front of Federal Hall, some for disorderly conduct, others for unreasonable noise. One woman who was crying was singled out for unreasonable noise. In the video below, Inspector O'Connell points her out and urges his officers to arrest her. The protester is chased down and arrested. Another is flung to the sidewalk next to her for what officers deemed disorderly conduct.
Another protester was struck in the head by a police officer and arrested for no obvious reason. "[The officer] was out of control," protester Bill Dobbs told us. "He slammed his head with his hand very hard, unprovoked, and completely out of proportion with anything necessary." Three police officers kneeled on the man as he was arrested, crying.
By around 11 p.m., the mood had become more relaxed, and protesters sat on the steps of Federal Hall chatting. A sanitation truck came to take out the trash, and a protester was arrested for unreasonable noise after asking why the truck was there. According to an Occupy Wall Street rep, a U.S. Park Police officer told demonstrators, "Anyone sleeping on Federal Hall steps will be arrested and brought to federal jail."
By 1 a.m., around 70 protesters, and an equal amount of NYPD officers remained. The few U.S. Park Police officers stationed on Federal Hall chatted with protesters, and an NYPD captain politely asked a shouting man to tone it down, because there were people sleeping next door."
Ed. note: The author notes that a police captain was "polite" in asking a "shouting" protester to tone it down because people were sleeping next door. The author doesn't note the fact that the man's shouting had likely already awakened people anyway. Nor does the author wonder why a grown man would have to be reminded 'politely' not to shout in a residential area especially when people might be trying to sleep. The author doesn't mention that crime increases elsewhere with scarce police resources diverted to Occupy. Or that Occupy includes ordinary criminals (eg Penley), not just people "reciting poetry." Or that Wall St. gets 100% of its power via Washington, DC politicians who are delighted these protests and Gothamist stories take all the heat off them.
11/23/11, "Occupy Protests Cost Nation’s Cities At Least $13 Million," AP, CBS Local
The AP ends by telling you such costs are commonplace for policing "major public events." That's the AP. ed.
10/29/11, "Occupy Oakland: inspiration, frustration at return," San Francisco Chronicle, by Matthai Kuruvila, Kevin Fagan
""The owner of Sankofa African Arts and Jewelry said that on the two mornings since protesters returned, her front doorway has reeked of urine.
She said her business has declined by 80 percent since Occupy Oakland began. ...
Larry Benson, 54, has been unemployed for three years, so he supports the cause. But the North Oakland resident, the chairman of his neighborhood crime council, says the camp
- is affecting the whole city.
"This mayor should never have allowed camping at Frank Ogawa Plaza," he said, while also criticizing Tuesday's raid and the subsequent clashes with protesters. "It continues to cost us.
- We are having a rash of burglaries over here,
- and the police are not responding.""...
4/16/12, "New Violent Occupy Phase Begins: Assault And Destroy 'Black Bloc Tactic' Employed In NYC," Breitbart.com
4/15/12, "Panic as anti-government goons smash up E. Village," NY Post, J. Simeone
Two other protesters, Alexander Penley, [identified by the NY Times as an Occupy organizer, ed.] 41, and Nicholas Thommen, 30, were slapped with several charges including assault, criminal possession of a weapon and inciting a riot.
At least two of the three 'anarchists' had records of prior arrests in other states, sources said.
Penley, 41, was arrested in Boise, Idaho for allegedly breaking into a US Military processing station.
He'd also been busted in California for burglary, in Oregon for resisting arrest and in Utah for pot possession.
Marchese, who has a New York taxi driver license, had been arrested in New Jersey for improper behavior."
"As anger rises, riots on the streets of American cities are inevitable. “Yes, yes, yes,” he (Soros) says, almost gleefully. The response to the unrest could be more damaging than the violence itself. “It will be an excuse for cracking down and using strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order, which, carried to an extreme, could bring about a repressive political system, a society where individual liberty is much more constrained, which would be
- a break with the tradition of the United States.”"...