Reality 101:Â Any protester that deliberately charges the police, deserves to be arrested.
Psst… that was their plan all along. They are not fooling anyone. The question is, if a large enough mob had managed to break through, what damage would they of caused.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly had some strong words for “Occupy Wall Street” protesters Thursday, blaming participants for starting skirmishes which led to more than 20 arrests on Wednesday.
“What they did is they counted.Â They actually had a countdown — 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 — they grouped together, they joined arms and they charged the police. They attacked the police. They wanted to get into Wall Street, they wanted to occupy Wall Street,” Kelly told reporters.
Edit: Found a video that verifies what NYPD Commissioner Kelly stated above:
These loons protesting on Wall Street are posting an edited version showing what they claim is “police brutality” against innocent, peaceful protesters.
As you can see from this video, they totally provoked the police and deserved everything they got. In fact, I think the police showed incredible restraint.
More from CBS NewYork:
Police arrested 28 people Wednesday — mostly for disorderly conduct.Â There was at least one arrest for assaulting a police officer and police said one protester even knocked an officer off his scooter.
Kelly said that if demonstrators targeted the police, authorities would respond with “force.”
“They’re going to be met with force when they do that — this is just common sense,” he said.
The commissioner said protesters were told to stay within the barricades that police had erected and when they crossed over them they began hassling the cops.
“These people wanted to have confrontation with the police for whatever reason.Â Somehow, I guess it works to their purposes,” Kelly said.
The commissioner told reporters that the protests have cost the city about $2 million in overtime for officers assigned to cover the demonstrations.
“You know, we’ll see. Right now they’re on private property and people who own that property don’t have the power to eject them,” he [Kelly] said.
But Brookfield Office Properties, which owns Zuccotti Park, seems to be slowly building a case against protesters, saying Thursday that the protestors are interfering with the use of the park by others and are creating sanitary problems.
“Sanitation is a growing concern,” Brookfield said in a statement (full statement below). “Normally the park is cleaned and inspected every weeknight. . . because the protestors refuse to cooperate. . .the park has not been cleaned since Friday, September 16th [the so called occupation began on Sept 17 --Ed.] and as a result, sanitary conditions have reached unacceptable levels.”
(Capital New York) –A contact in the city planning community told me organizers of the demonstration settled on the “private-public” space deliberately, because of the lack of cut-and-dried rules that come with official parks: No sleeping over, for example. I haven’t been able to confirm whether that’s actually true, but there are suggestions that the fact that they’re there, whether it was a deliberate choice or not, bought the demonstrators some time.
Brookfield’s full statement via The Atlantic Wire:
Brookfield spokeswoman Melissa Coley sent us this statement from the company:
For more than two weeks, protestors have been squatting in the park.Â Brookfield recognizes people’s right to peaceful protest; however, we also have an obligation to ensure that the park remains safe, clean, and accessible to everyone.
Basic rules intended to keep the park safe, open, clean, and welcoming to all visitors are clearly posted.Â These rules include bans on the erection of tents or other structures, as well as the placement of tarps, sleeping bags or other coverings on the property. Lying down on benches, sitting areas or walkways is likewise prohibited. Unfortunately, many of the individuals currently occupying the grounds are ignoring these basic yet necessary requirements, which interferes with the use of the park by others, including local residents, office workers, and visitors.
Sanitation is a growing concern.Â Normally, the park is cleaned and inspected every weeknight.Â This process includes power washing, litter removal, landscaping and other maintenance as required.Â Because many of the protestors refuse to cooperate by adhering to the rules, the park has not been cleaned since Friday, September 16, and as a result, sanitary conditions have reached unacceptable levels.
If you think NYC already had a bedbug epidemic, just wait. And if one person is infected with head lice, an infestation will flourish in the unsanitary (many have not bathed in weeks), communal Occupy Wall Street environment too.
I should thank them though for proving a socialistic society (which is indeed what they have created at #ZuccottiPark) can not function without handouts. As the #OccupyWallStreet collective has been begging for supplies since the beginning, see
#needsoftheoccupiers. (link fixed)
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