Let's start with an RT report on the day before the 6 Month Anniversary Celebration for Occupy Wall Street, Zucotti (Liberty) Park. The featured guest in this RT report is our very own Jesse LaGreca. Some great photos as well. Video is from Youtube Channel MOXNEWSd0tCOM
This is coverage of the peaceful protesters marching and gathering for the 6 Month Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, Zucotti Park. Hundreds of NYPD showed up, under cover of darkness, and announced the 24/7 Public Park is now closed. Then the NYPD proceeded with brutal aggression. Many protesters were taken away in ambulances. Mostly women of course.
I screen recorded the livestreams. It was a wild ride in Zucotti starting around 11:30 PM. Hundreds of NYPD swarmed the area, announced the park was closed. Many people taken away in ambulances.
One woman had a seizure while she was handcuffed. When the vids of this brutal attack and negligent treatment are uploaded by WeAreChange at youtube, they will go viral. In another video below, it is reported that NYPD kneeled on her ribs, maybe cracked them and another NYPD had a knee on her back. She went into a grand mal seizure according to witnesses. A member of the crowd called for an Ambulance. Unbelievably the NYPD left her handcuffed while seizing. The crowd shouted "Unhandcuff her." THESE ARE DISTURBING VIDEOS
FIRST, this woman is tackled in this vid from Youtube Channel TheMsjacks
Then, while handcuffed she has a Grand Mal Seizure while NYPD mills about, some ven laughing.
Horace Boothroyd III is reporting that last night, Cecily McMillan is in the ER Drop in and read the appalling account of how she has been treated.
Until the other vids are released, here's the latest. There's some frank language, a natural reaction to watching women being beaten by a group of police for each protester. Digusting behavior by NYPD tonight.
The NYPD broke two laws tonight:
1. They erected barricades around Zucotti Park.
2. They used the city busses to load up peaceful protestors.
Around midnight last night NYTimes came out with a report:
NYTimes just reported
By 11:30 p.m., as police officers massed on Broadway, a commander announced that the park was closed. Those inside shouted back that the park was obliged through an agreement with the city to remain open. The commander then announced that anyone who remained inside would be arrested and charged with trespassing.THIS IS FROM LAST NOVEMBER. Compare with NYTimes report below. Same brutality, different day. Shame, Shame, Shame NYPD.
After clearing the park, police officers and private security guards began placing a ring of metal barricades on the park’s perimeter, as those who had been arrested were placed inside a city bus.
At one point, a woman who appeared to be suffering from seizures flopped on the ground in handcuffs as bystanders shouted for the police to remove the cuffs and provide medical attention.
For several minutes the woman lay on the ground as onlookers made increasingly agonized demands. Eventually, an ambulance arrived and the woman was placed inside.
By 12:20 a.m., a line of police officers pushed against some of the remaining protesters, forcing them south on Broadway, at times swinging batons and shoving people to the ground.
Kobi Skolnick, 30, said that officers pushed him in several directions and that as he tried t0 walk away, he was struck from behind in the neck. “One of the police ran and hit me with a baton,” he said.
Hundreds of helmeted, baton-wielding police officers moved to clear out Zuccotti Park in an under-cover-of-dark showdown early Tuesday, ripping down protesters’ tents and ordering them to get out.One officer ran his scooter into people on the sidewalk.
Police surrounded the park around 1 AM and read a notice over a bullhorn telling the Occupy Wall St. protesters that sanitation trucks would be removing tents and other property from the site.
Protesters could return after the compulsory cleanout, cops said.
“If you fail to immediately leave the park, you will be subject to arrest,” the notice read.
But the protesters were defiant, chanting: “Who’s park? Our park! No retreat. No surrender!” About 3:30 AM cops cleared the kitchen area of the park, where protesters had formed a human chain, cuffed those arrested with plastic ties and loaded them in vans. There have been 70 to 100 arrests, according to the NYPD.
UPDATED SUNDAY, 7:00 AM - New Videos - People on the ground are awesome, great citizen video journalism.
From YT Channel OccupytheLIRR
"New York Policeman Brian Sessa told the Associated Press that the police acted because the demonstrators had begun to break park rules".
"They set up tents. They had sleeping bags," he said.
My God! no wonder the cops went brutal...weapons of mass destrution there
woekunup 1 hour ago
Some great pics in this video
On the other coast there was another great Occupy gathering.
You can read about Occupy Oakland here, a great diary from jpmasser:
From earlier today, 12:30 PM:
Can we stop arguing?
50% of us earn less than $26.5K a year while 1% is raking in and hoarding all the money. 40% earn less than $20K. Wages have been flat since the 1980s.
Why doesn't this irritate all of us, regardless of party affiliation?
OWS protesters are brave people who are risking and being arrested because of the unfairness that is rampant is in this country.
BURNING QUESTION: Many, mostly women, were carted off in ambulances last night. Unarmed, non-violent protestors. Each was tackled by a swarm of NYPD. IF/WHEN Police injure peaceful, unarmed protestors, should the Police Department pay the medical bills? I think they should. If an injury occurs, imo, unwarranted force was applied. Isn't that an automatic lawsuit?
The whole country should be appalled and sick of seeing 5-6 Police Officers treating protestors like criminals, tackling them to the ground, pinning them to the ground with knees to the chest or back, and handcuffing peaceful protestors with painful plactic handcuffs when, I would venture to guess, most protestors would go along peacefully to AVOID BEING FREAKING INJURED because where I live an ambulance ride costs over $800 dollars and to walk into the emergency room costs $1,200 w/o treatment. Treatment is extra! To bad we don't have any politicians and/or courts standing up and making the Police pay every time they hurt someone. It would stop pronto if they did.
HERE'S THE THING. This vid is from last November. The NYPD are hugely outnumbered. NOT ONE PROTESTOR did anything violent towards the police. To date, there has not been one incident of violence towards the NYPD to even remotely warrant their BRUTAL, IRRESPONSIBLE treatment of peaceful protestors.
WHO IS COMMANDING THE NYPD TACTICS?
Watch and see who Occupy Wall Street protestors are. The crowd couldn't be more diverse.
If you have a chance, peruse
Ever Wondered Why Riot Police Everywhere Look Alike? Well...
Building Private Security/Public Policing Partnerships to Prevent and Respond to Terrorism and Public DisorderAlso, in case your concern levels aren't quite high enough yet to join the protests, please peruse:
This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement number 2003-CKWX-0242, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.