Police arrest 14 in two New York Occupy protests

NEW YORK Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:34pm EDT

1 of 4. A man affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street Movement faces police officers after barricades were placed around Union Square in New York March 22, 2012. More than 100 protesters from the reawakened Occupy Wall Street movement were ejected from Union Square Park early Wednesday after a standoff with police resulted in six arrests.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fourteen protesters were arrested on Saturday in separate Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, one that involved an hours-long march through Manhattan streets and a second at the United Nations, authorities said.

Several hundred protesters zig-zagged from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan where the anti-Wall Street Occupy movement was born last year to Union Square Park in what was billed as a demonstration against police brutality.

Protesters carried banners that said "end police brutality" and signs that questioned such as "Angry Pacifist", "Shame on NYPD", and "They never stop & frisk old white guys like me."

Ten protesters were arrested in that demonstration, which lasted about four hours, mainly for disorderly conduct, police said. It was not clear what formal charges were issued.

The protest came a day after the New York Police Department said it was firing an undercover detective who had fired the first shots of a hail of police gunfire that killed an unarmed black man who was leaving his bachelor party in 2006.

The killing of Sean Bell sparked outrage and criticism from black community leaders, who said it was evidence of groundless racial profiling and excessive force in the department.

Police detained two demonstrators who lied down in the middle of a Manhattan street. Dozens of protesters lied down on sidewalks, or cut across busy intersections.

Two men and two women were arrested for trespassing during a protest at the UN later Saturday billed as the start of a campaign to disrupt corporate polluters.

It was the second straight Saturday of Occupy demonstrations in New York at the site of the movements inception last September. Last Saturday, more than 70 protesters were arrested when police swept them out of Zuccotti Park just before midnight.

(Reporting by Carlo Allegri; Writing by David Bailey; editing by Dan Burns)

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Comments (11)
ddev70 wrote:
Sorry, is it me or do these “occupy” folks look like the rejects of American society. Their actions prove them to be “A protester carries an upside-down American flag during the Occupy the Capitol protest at the state Capitol in Sacramento, California March 5, 2012″.

I assure you this is no 99%!

Mar 24, 2012 12:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DeannaTx wrote:
NYPD will arrest protestors but Florida PD won’t arrest murders.
What is this country coming to?

Mar 25, 2012 3:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
@ddev70 No, its not just you. Many people like to jump on the “I’m clueless, but don’t realize it bandwagon”. They refuse to educate themselves on topics, so they just repeat what they have heard. They actively look for others to “validate” what they are saying, usually by making offensive & rude comments about said topic. Misery loves company right? Fact is the more power and attention a person or group begin getting, the more people begin “hating” on them. It’s clear ows has the true criminals in a state of panic. So, again, yes im sure lots of people agree with you. But these are not “average” citizens & finding that you “think” like they do is not something to be proud of. Now..an American flag, upside down…its quite obvious you are not as American as u think. You may want to look into that a little more. You great American, you. Peace!

Mar 25, 2012 3:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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