Colby Hamilton, Writer, WNYC News
Colby Hamilton is a general assignment reporter. He originally joined WNYC as a political blogger. He's a proud graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Early this morning police, by order of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, cleared the Occupy Wall Street encampment, citing health and fire concerns to the surrounding community. More than a hundred were arrested, according to the police.
"No right is absolute and with every right comes responsibilities," the Mayor said in a statement. "The First Amendment gives every New Yorker the right to speak out – but it does not give anyone the right to sleep in a park or otherwise take it over to the exclusion of others – nor does it permit anyone in our society to live outside the law."
The police began clearing the park at approximately 1 am. Later this morning a judge issued a temporary restraining order after the National Lawyers Guild and others asked for an injunction. The court said the city couldn't keep protesters and their belongings out of the park. There are reports the state's Supreme Court will rule later today on whether or not the temporary restraining order is maintained.