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Handful of Arrests After Zuccotti Park Protest Cleanup Postponed

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Police made 14 arrests when a few hundred Wall Street protesters left Zuccotti Park and marched near the Stock Exchange after owners of the Lower Manhattan park that has become the demonstrators' makeshift headquarters made a last-minute decision to postpone the planned cleanup.

A police scooter accidentally hit a protester. He fell to the ground and screamed before kicking the scooter over to free his foot. He was then arrested.

A video posted to YouTube seems to show an officer on a scooter rolling over the man's leg and leaving the rear wheel on him as the man screams in pain on the ground.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said the man, Ari Douglas, "had repeatedly disregarded lawful orders to get out of the street and onto the sidewalk, and then feigned being run over before kicking over the police scooter."

Browne said his account is backed up by members of the media.Douglas has been charged with felony criminal mischief, obstructing judicial administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  

A spokesman for the National Lawyers Guild, Gideon Oliver, said Douglas sustained injuries from the incident but could not comment on the extent of those injuries. Oliver said Douglas has been discharged from Bellevue Hospital Center and is currently being held at the 7th Precinct stationhouse.

Early Friday, Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said the owners of the private park, Brookfield Office Properties, had put off the cleaning, scheduled for 7 a.m. and "for the time being withdrawing their request from earlier in the week for police assistance during their cleaning operation."

More than hour beforehand, supporters of the protesters had started streaming into the park, creating a crowd of several hundred chanting people.

But Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city was notified shortly before midnight that Brookfield wanted to postpone the cleanup of Zuccotti Park: "If they want to take a couple of days ... then they can do that."

Brookfield Properties released a statement on their decision to postpone the cleaning. It stated that at the request of local political leaders it had "deferred the cleaning of Zuccotti Park for a short period of time while an attempt is made to reach a resolution regarding the manner in which Zuccotti Park is being used by the protesters." The statement added that any solution will have to follow city rules and ensures the health, safety and viability of the park and the surrounding community.

At least two politicians, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and State Senator Daniel Squadron, stated spoke with Brookfield Properties and urged them to find a peaceful solution or delay the clean-up.

Squadron said the delay opens up a window for the two sides to communicate. "I think the goals are clear, which is a solution that preserves the First Amendment right to protest and to speak out, that addresses the community's quality of life concerns," he said.

Mark Read, an adjunct professor at NYU from Brooklyn, said he's been participating in the protests since nearly the beginning. He said support for the protesters gave the property owners no choice.

“I think the NYPD and Brookfield Properties, which owns this square, decided to back down," Read said. "I think they were met with an overwhelming show of support."

Wall Street protesters began a furious cleanup effort of Zuccotti Park on Thursday, a day before crews were slated to scrub down the space.

Mayor Bloomberg told protesters this week that cleanup crews employed by park owner Brookfield Properties would arrive early Friday to begin cleaning. Following the cleanup, protesters will not be allowed back in the park with sleeping bags, mattresses or backpacks, police said.

On Thursday, dozens of demonstrators armed with brooms, mops and trash bags fanned out to sections of the park in an effort to remove debris that had accumulated since protests began in September and render additional cleanup unnecessary.

(Photo: Wall Street protesters in handcuffs on Beaver Street. Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

Nicole Carty, a member of the facilitation work group, said the city and the park owner were conducting a "tactical effort to evict us."

"The role [of maintaining the park] no longer belongs to them — it belongs to us," Carty said. "And we keep this park clean, and they no longer need to. We have liberated this space from them."

But Brendan Burke, who oversees security, said he felt tensions were being unnecessarily escalated and that Brookfield had a right to enter the area.

"What has the happen, in my view, is that our people work with those people to clean the park together," Burke said.  

Ailsa Chang contributed to this report.

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Comments [8]

Jak Mehoff

These are two great stories about OWS, what it means and why it is doing things the way it is doing them:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/occupy-wall-street-ows-the-american-dream-20/2011/10/13/gIQAiANbhL_blog.html

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/occupy-wall-streets-political-disobedience/?ref=opinion

Oct. 14 2011 06:44 PM
AV from NYC

A rowdy crowd of useless people with no true direction in life....as you can see they needed pressure to clean up the mess they made...would love to see their actual living quarters. Get a life !

Oct. 14 2011 06:26 PM
Paula Overbay from Brooklyn

They need a storefront donated to them.

Oct. 14 2011 11:18 AM

Why don’t the Wall Street protesters articulate a specific demand?
Because they represent a mass complaint. All issues count.

A specific issue would end the occupation. It would change the occupation into confrontation or negotiation.

Are they badly organized?
No. The purpose of their organizing work is to keep the occupation in place.

Oct. 14 2011 10:26 AM
Skepticaleye from nyc

US Citizen for Expansion of USA
I have never said this as plain or as well. Class warfare at its best.

The folks who are getting the free stuff (wall st),
don't like the folks who are paying for the free
stuff (the 99%), because the folks who are paying for the free
stuff (the 99%), can no longer afford to pay for both the free
stuff and their own stuff.

And,
The folks who are paying for the free
stuff (the 99%), want the free stuff to stop and the folks who
are getting the free stuff(wall st),
want even more free stuff on top of the
free stuff they are already getting!

Now...
The people who are forcing the
people who Pay for the free stuff (the 99%), , have told the
people who are RECEIVING the free stuff (wall st), that the
people who are PAYING for the free stuff (the 99%), are being
mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So...
The people who are GETTING the free
stuff (wall st), have been convinced they need to hate the
people who are paying for the free stuff (the 99%), by the
people who are forcing some people to pay for their
free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the
first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on
for so long that there are now more people getting
free stuff (wall st) than paying for the free stuff.

Now understand this (wall st has been taking for too long and not producing anything but wealth for the weathy).

Wall street had figured out they could vote
themselves money from the treasury by electing people
who promised to give them money from the treasury in
exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776,
235 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff (wall st)
outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have
one chance to change that in 2012. Failure to change that
spells the end of the United States as we know it.

ELECTION 2012 IS COMING

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Big Business!

Let's Take a Farm Stand!!!

Obama: AGAIN!

Borders: Welcoming

Language: Math

Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights! read them and Weep tea baggers

Drug Leaglization!

Help to: All!

We the people

Oct. 14 2011 10:04 AM
US Citizen from USA

I have never heard this said as plain or as well. Class warfare at its best.

The folks who are getting the free stuff,
don't like the folks who are paying for the free
stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free
stuff, can no longer afford to pay for both the free
stuff and their own stuff.

And,
The folks who are paying for the free
stuff, want the free stuff to stop and the folks who
are getting the free stuff,
want even more free stuff on top of the
free stuff they are already getting!

Now...
The people who are forcing the
people who Pay for the free stuff, have told the
people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the
people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being
mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So...
The people who are GETTING the free
stuff, have been convinced they need to hate the
people who are paying for the free stuff, by the
people who are forcing some people to pay for their
free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the
first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on
for so long that there are now more people getting
free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Now understand this. All great
democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere
between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The
reason? The voters figured out they could vote
themselves money from the treasury by electing people
who promised to give them money from the treasury in
exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776,
235 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff
outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have
one chance to change that in 2012. Failure to change that
spells the end of the United States as we know it.

ELECTION 2012 IS COMING

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

Let's Take a Stand!!!

Obama: Gone!

Borders: Closed!

Language: English only

Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!

Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!

NO freebies to: Non-Citizens!

We the people are coming!!!

Oct. 14 2011 09:26 AM
Leo from Queens

My comments to Bloomberg: This message is to express my dissatisfaction and complaint to you regarding your effort to suppress the free and peaceful protests against the corruption and destruction of our society by the thieves running Wall Street and those like you who support them.
As a taxpayer I feel insulted that you would belittle and insult the intelligence of these individuals by misrepresenting their intentions. Your drive to use the NYPD to suppress them is reprehensible. In addition, Brookfield properties receives subsidies and tax breaks, THAT I PAY FOR, in exchange for providing public space. You should not work with them to prevent the use of that public space without removing all subsidies and asking them to pay all the subsidies given to them up to now.
In addition, I was appalled with your recent comments that either show total ignorance of the financial sector and the reason for the financial meltdown or that you are an expert in being disingenuous and misleading the people that you are supposed to be governing.
It's disgraceful that someone who has made his millions and then billions in the financial sector and then became mayor of NYC during the finance and real estate bubble would show such ignorance of reality.
SHAMEFUL: Get out of your bubble you are in and push the idiots you have surrounded yourself with out of the way because your money will not buy you the historical place you are looking for.

Oct. 13 2011 11:23 PM
Leo from Queens

I filed a complaint against Brookfield properties and sent this note to Bloomberg:

This message is to express my dissatisfaction and complaint to you regarding your effort to suppress the free and peaceful protests against the corruption and destruction of our society by the thieves running Wall Street and those like you who support them.
As a taxpayer I feel insulted that you would belittle and insult the intelligence of these individuals by misrepresenting their intentions. Your drive to use the NYPD to suppress them is reprehensible. In addition, Brookfield properties receives subsidies and tax breaks, THAT I PAY FOR, in exchange for providing public space. You should not work with them to prevent the use of that public space without removing all subsidies and asking them to pay all the subsidies given to them up to now.
In addition, I was appalled with your recent comments that either show total ignorance of the financial sector and the reason for the financial meltdown or that you are an expert in being disingenuous and misleading the people that you are supposed to be governing.
It's disgraceful that someone who has made his millions and then billions in the financial sector and then became mayor of NYC during the finance and real estate bubble would show such ignorance of reality.
SHAMEFUL: Get out of your bubble you are in and push the idiots you have surrounded yourself with out of the way because your money will not buy you the historical place you are looking for.

Oct. 13 2011 11:22 PM

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