A spokesman for the protesters claimed more that 50 were arrested.
Umm - Did the major news networks report this story? Of course not! That is why we have the Internet and twitter.
Chris Bannon from WYNC(93.9fm, 820am) reported "Protesters wielding signs that demanded 'End the Fed' and other anti-Wall St slogans marched up Fifth Avenue near Union Square on Saturday, drawing a significant police presence and snarling traffic in the neighborhood."
"While the NYPD maintains that they neither own nor use tear gas, some have stepped forward to confirm that they were pepper-sprayed. In at least one video, a man is violently tackled for simply talking to an officer," writes Chris Menning from Buzzfeed.com See the video below.
NY cops have a reputation for man-handling non-violent protesters. In the second video here, New York City’s finest corral a number of female protesters and then pepper-spray them.
Note that the women do not touch the police officers and have every constitutional right to speak freely yet they are penned up like cattle and incapacitated like animals. Are they carrying weapons to justify the use of pepper spray? There is no evidence of this from the video.
Steve from Greenwich Village posted this comment on the wync.org news blog
I live in the neighborhood and was walking with my 11 year old daughter when I saw the police closing University Place. I went over there in time to see the police run up 12th street, corral a group of around 30 people on the sidewalk in a pink fence like barrier and then start arresting them. I could not see any reason why these people, walking peacefully on the sidewalk were being arrested and dragged away. I told a cop that I lived a block away and wanted to know why they were arresting all these people. He told me to leave the area and go to my home or else he would arrest me. We were just standing on the sidewalk, across the street from where the police were making the mass arrest and were about to get arrested ourselves. For the crime of standing on the sidewalk in our neighborhood!! My daughter was frightened and although I was offended by the way the police were disregarding basic rights I decided that I had better leave the area. Very disturbing.Where have we seen similar tactics used before? Remember Pittsburgh 2009? Police in riot gear showed up at the University of Pittsburgh to confront students who were not involved protesting the G-20 meeting at another location.
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