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Eye-witnesses are claiming police brutality accompanied three arrests in New York
City's Zuccotti Park. NYPD sought to tear down tents and stop livestream.
Watched in real time by an international audience, New York's police officers moved
in on Zuccotti Park. It was 7.20am, on September 20th 2011, and a light rain was
falling over the 200-300 people camping out there. They had been there for four
days, as part of the Occupy Wall Street protest. What began as a request from
police, to remove tents and tarpaulin, ended in seven arrests. Onlookers claimed
these were too violent.
The Global Revolution Livestream captured much of the incident, channeling the
footage in real time to its 3000 plus viewers. In addition, some protesters were
filming the arrests, then they uploaded their videos onto YouTube.
Why Were People Arrested in New York City's Zuccotti Park?
The Occupy Wall Street protesters had erected tents and draped tarpaulin over
themselves and their supplies. Of particular concern was the food, water and
electrical equipment, which could have been damaged in the rain. A police officer
gave them five minutes to remove these covers, complaining that they constituted
illegal structures. An on-site legal advisor informed demonstrators that this was
only true of shelters which were attached to the trees. Police also demanded that
signs be taken down.
Read more at Suite101: Occupy Wall Street: Protesters Violently Arrested in New York