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OWS WORKING GROUPS: RESEARCH


RECONSTRUCTION: March of September 24th

 

 

The following is an OWS Working Group Project. The goals is to generate a comprehensive resource for studying, analyzing, and documenting the events associated with the March of September 24th.


 

The diary will continually be updated as information is gathered. Below I put an initial brief outline - the details to be filled in.


 

Please post comments or send a private message to add or suggest information. Also please discuss ideas on how to accomplish this goal.


 

If you are willing to contribute to this effort - please bookmark the diary so you can easily return to it. Also the project should be able to be found via the mothership as well as the working group diary.




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OUTLINE:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Zuccoti Park to Union Square
1. First      
  a. first    
2. Second      
  b. second    
3. Police Presence    
  Police "escorted" the protests. Primarily following behind. Jeanne Mansfield describes. Video shows police vehicles following with lights/no sirens. Blue Shirts. No aggression. No disruption attempts    
       
Union Square
  Jeanne Mansfield reports that the March circled Union Square a couple of times without incident.    
  It appears that the March was, by this time at least, both using the sidewalk and the street - but without any prohibition by the NYPD.    
       
From Union Square back Downtown
1.      
2.      
3. Police Divert the flow of the March    
  Jeanne Mansfield reports that the March, after circling the Square a few times, is instructed to return downtown via a route that will take them past the United Nations. She reports, however, that the street they were taking was blocked. Then the street that she was detoured on to was blocked. And that then the protest was forced on to Broadway.    
     
How did the March turn west onto 12th Street? Were they directed by the police onto this street - or did only some turn down 12th?    
       
       
       
Diversion onto 12th Street
       
       
       
       
Police Violence on 12th Street    
1. Arrests      
  First Arrests
    (Prior to 12th St. west of University Place)
 

Video Evidence

   
 

At some point the police started making arrests. The video evidence shows clearly one of the earlier arrests was of GWU Law student Robert Stephens for stopping in the street near a bank. He was told to keep moving but chose to be arrested as an act of protest. As there was no traffic flowing on the street at the time, and it appears that traffic had been officially stopped by the NYPD, it is not clear what the justification for such an arrest would be. This is also the earliest documented evidence of the presence of Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna and his direct involvement in making arrests.

     

    At the time several people were videotaping and photographing Stephens' statements and act. At one point an as yet unidentified (although with a badge) NYPD officer in a red jacket singles out Marissa Holmes and tells her to move on. Although she was simply documenting the events she did not take any action other than not be as quick to move as the officer would have liked to have caused a problem. Immediately the officer begins threatening arrest and within seconds begins this arrest.  As she is taken to the police car down the street she is told she is being arrested for Resisting Arrest although there is no incident of resistance shown on the two videos that have been found documenting this event. She merely asks the officer questions when she is confronted by him.


   

It is not yet clear where on the route downtown these arrests took place. Was this also on 12th Street but east of University Place?

  Marissa Holmes (OWS Media Team)
   
 
Arrested videotaping African American male (Robert Stephens) in front of bank being arrested for stopping on the street. Her camera is picked up (apparently by second arrestee in next set).
Not sure what street this was on or exact time. Was this on 12th Street or prior to turning?  
  Robert Stephens (African American Male, GWU Law student)
 
 
  As the leading edge of the march approaches the intersection of East 12th St. and University Place the police appear to be attempting to stop or break up the march. Near the intersection the police begin to confront and single out individuals for arrest.
  Man with flag. (No shirt, grey t-shirt on head)
   
  Punched by Blue Shirt (Male with blue and white shirt)
 
Immediatly after Male with flag taken down.
  Luke Richardson (Livestream Media Team)
 
  Second Arrests (On 12th St. west of University Place)    
  African American Male: Green Striped Shirt
  Male with Videocamera: Green Shirt, Orange Bandana (appears to have been associated with Marissa Holmes and/or OWS Media Team)
 
  Female with Black T-Shirt ("Trip")
 
  Third Arrests
    (After the incidents on 12th and University)
   
       
       
       
 

 



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  • Third Arrests
        (After the incidents on 12th and University)
       
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    • Included here are the mass arrests - which have a section below - but if there were any individuals isolated for arrest at this stage here would be a good place to identify them.
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    • Were there any.
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  • Pepper Spray Incidents
       
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    • First Incident
             
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      • Persons known to be involved:
                   
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        • Jesse (last name unknown, spelling uncertain; grey shirt, skirt)
                         
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          • Main target of the second visible burst of pepper spray by Bologna
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        • Chelsea Elliot (black tank top)
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        • Kelly Shomburg (red hair, green shirt, blue bandana)
                         
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          • Has a camera (SLR also took video)
          •                

                       
        •              
        • Elizabeth Mahony (blue and white striped shirt)
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        • Jeanne Mansfield (grey shirt)
                         
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          • Boston Review
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          • Has a camera (video)
          •                

                       
        •            

                 
      •          
      • Persons present
                   
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        • Frank (last name unknown)
                         
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          • friend of Jeanne Mansfield
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          • Has a camera (video)
          •                

                       
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        • "The Hat" (female, green floppy hat, sunglasses)
                         
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          • Has a camera (video)
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        • "Grey" (female, grey shirt, cymbol in hand)
                         
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          • Has a camera (video - iPhone)
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        • "The Vest" (female, black shirt, grey vest)
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        • "The Blonde" (female, has camera)
        •            

                 
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    •      
    • Second Incident
             
      •          
      • Persons present
                   
        •              
        • "The Hat" (female, green floppy hat, sunglasses)
                         
          •                  
          • Has a camera (video)
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          • Appears to be primary initial target of Bologna's spray
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        • "Grey" (female, grey shirt, cymbol in hand)
                         
          •                  
          • Has a camera (video - iPhone)
          •                

                       
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        • "The Vest" (female, black shirt, grey vest)
                         
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          • Becomes affected by walking through the spray.
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        • "The Blonde" (female, has camera)
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        • Andrew Hinderaker (photographer)
                         
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          • can be seen at Marissa Holmes arrest
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  • Official Reactions/Statements
       
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    • Ray Kelly statement
             
      •          
      • Reasonable use of pepper spray; sparing amount
                   
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        • find quotes
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    • Bologna's version of events
             
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      • Reported by NYT
                   
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        • Said he was not aiming at the four women who appeared in videos to have  sustained the brunt of the spray. Rather, he was trying to spray some  men who he believed were pushing up against officers and causing a  confrontation that put officers at risk of injury, ... “The intention was to place them under arrest, but they fled,” the official said.
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Other Possible Routes taken


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  • Mass Arrests
       
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If you were present at the March please consider writing  a narrative description of the March as you experienced it.



Originally posted to Charlie Grapski on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 06:48 AM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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