THE FOOTAGE: 700 OCCUPY WALL STREET Protestors Arrested At Brooklyn Bridge
The news media wants us focused on the back-and-forth, he said-she said, GOP Presidential nomination bullshit, so they’re burying this kind of footage amid other relatively mundane headlines.
But anybody with a brain, and some level of frustration with corporate greed and political corruption, knows that the biggest and most fascinating story in America is the continued uprising in New York City, and other cities across the country (and the World, for that matter). If you’re wondering just how real things are getting in the Big Apple, feast your eyes on the explosive footage below.
This video of the Occupy Wall Street incident at the Brooklyn Bridge this weekend, in which 700 protestors were arrested by the NYPD, is currently making its way across the internets. And it is sure to raise a few eyebrows.
In addition to the relative brutality of the operation (considering this was a peaceful, nonviolent protest), the NYPD are under fire for their use of a crowd control tactic called “kettling,” involving the cordoning off of a crowd by a large group of officers. With only one exit, protestors can then be arrested en masse.
A Gawker staff member witnessed the incident:
” So, when the protest reached the bridge a large portion peeled off and started up the Brooklyn-bound roadway. People started hopping off the walkway, joining them. We went along fine for a while until we reached maybe midway. There, a phalanx of cops—maybe 50—were blocking the way. Cops began arresting people up front, and a couple caused some scuffles. Right when the first arrests started happening, the crowd started jostling back and forth and I seriously thought there might be a stampede.
Cops shoved one guy down and were kneeling on him. When they tried to drag someone else out of the crowd people held onto his arms as long as possible; a guy stole one white-shirtted cop’s hat from his head and threw it into the air. There’s definitely going to be some dramatic footage but I couldn’t tell how the rough stuff started. While the scuffles continued, leaders got everyone to sit down, but the cops kept arresting people, starting from the front, even though they were sitting down. A bunch of police vans blocked off the way back to Manhattan, so people started scaling the bridge to climb up to the walkway ~10 feet above. Eventually they brought out the orange mesh and began funneling people back to manhattan one-by-one, telling everyone to keep moving cause we were all “subject to arrest.” I was maybe in the middle section of people who walked out that way—seemed like they kept arresting people up front as they were letting people out the rear.”
We implore you to check out the footage below. Pay particular attention to the photojournalists and shockingly young people being dragged off to awaiting police buses and paddy wagons, as well as the incredible passion and resolve of the throngs of demonstrators.
In other words, this ain’t over. Not by a long shot.