Occupy Wall Street Protesters Crash Production of OWS-Themed 'Law & Order' Episode

Friday, December 09, 2011

A protest by about 100 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators shut down production of an "Occupy Wall Street"-themed episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in Foley Square early Friday morning.

The Daily News reported that the protesters, along with 100 police officers, arrived on the set around midnight and roamed around tents and signs built by the show's production company.

Protester Drew Hornbein of Brooklyn Heights told The Daily News that the Occupy Wall Street protests were "not part of corporate TV America."

The Daily News reported that when a police officer with a bullhorn announced that the city had rescinded "Law & Order"'s film permit, protesters cheered. Arrests were threatened, but the crowd dispersed and the set was dismantled.

In a statement, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment told WNYC that it was not the protest but the lack of proper permits that shut filming of the episode down.

"The production did not have the required rigging permit to begin set up prior to its filming this morning at 8am," read the statement. "For safety reasons, the production was asked to stop their preparations last night while the crowd dispersed."

The statement continued: "The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is working with the production as they begin filming today. The City is currently experiencing record levels of productions, and the local entertainment industry employs 100,000 New Yorkers working behind the camera."

At press time, WNYC had not received a comment from NBC.

With reporting from Tracie Hunte and the Associated Press


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