Bloomberg: City Won’t Tolerate OWS Violence, Illegal Activities

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city will enforce the law when it comes to dealing with the Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park.

On his weekly WOR radio appearance, Bloomberg said the city won’t tolerate the level violence other cities like Oakland have seen from the Occupy Wall Street movement.

“You see what happened in Oakland, 5,000 people in the streets burning, we’re not going to have that here,” Bloomberg said. “That’s not going to happen here and I want to make sure that’s not going to happen here.”

Bloomberg added that Fire Marshals go through Zuccotti Park every day looking for fire hazards and says the city won’t tolerate illegal activity, like urinating in public.

He also said if protesters want police barricades in the neighborhood to come down, they’ll have to obey the law.

“We took down the barriers all along Wall Street and the stores were happy about that. People went rushing into the streets so we put the barriers back,” he said. “Bottom line is if you don’t want the barriers, you’ll have to behave.”

CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer asked demonstrators if they thought the violence at “Occupy” protests in other states could happen in the Big Apple.

“I don’t want to see that. I really don’t because that would make us not peacefully assemble, but we do have the right to defend ourselves if we get attacked for no reason,” said protester Christopher Guerra of Newark.

“We are here to behave. We are a non violent movement,” said Nicolas Demones of the South Bronx.

Bloomberg said most at Zuccotti Park are respectful, but some have bad intentions.

“People have the right to protest, they don’t have a right to destroy neighborhoods,” he said. “We’re not going to tolerate some of the things that have been going on and we’re doing something about that.”

He added anyone who thinks the city is doing nothing about the protests is wrong.

“I think we’ve gotten to the point where we have enough legitimacy to show that we can’t be pushed around by the police, the mayor or anyone else,” said Mark Bray of the “Occupy Wall Street” press team. “I’m optimistic we’ll have our right to protest continually respected and that we won’t have any violence.”

Police sources told Kramer they noticed a small group of anarchists that try to incite the protestors and that they’re keeping an eye on them.

On Thursday, Bloomberg said he was upset that the protesters don’t report crimes, like sex-related incidents, in Zuccotti Park to the police.

“It is despicable and outrageous and really allows the criminal to strike again making all of us less safe,” Bloomberg said.

Occupy Wall Street also responded to the mayor on their website, saying “Occupy Wall Street has its own well-trained internal security force, but this team does not substitute for the police when it comes to criminal activity that threatens our community or local residents.”

It goes to say “The Mayor should get his facts straight before he calls responsible citizens protecting our community ‘despicable’.”

What do you think? Sound off below in our comments section…

  • Jamie D

    How many of these People Occupying Zuccotti park are collecting Un Employment? We are paying for these people to go camping in NYC!!!!! These people should stop camping and try harder to find a job!! I am sick of paying for these people being professional protesters. We should take Un Employment away from the people camping out.




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  • Al Right

    The OWS Movement has collected over $600,000 in donations so far, and yet the homeless are shunned from partaking in their 5-Star Chef prepared meals…

    How about… Occupy a Soup Kitchen?
    Get more ows facts on my site:

  • squanto

    If you still have money, stop buying things you don’t really need. Think about where the stuff comes from, how many american workers got canned so that a megacorp could make their shell game a little more attractive to the folks who still like to gamble, or have so much money they don’t think about survival at its most basic.

  • Andrew Nutra

    Socialists play drums all day and subject themselves to cold weather, rapists and harassment from ex-cons and homeless while eating gourmet food?

    • fed up with the hypocrisy

      They act like my kids when they don’t want to do their chores. They will do everything possible except face the reality that they have to contribute to the household. They waste all this energy avoiding responsibilty meanwhile they could be gettinga job. Maybe its not the work they want to do but it work. Most of us don’t have the dream job but do it because out happiness is derived from other sources like family, friend, community etc. At least my kid grew out of this phase, when will the OWS???

  • Meme Meyagi

    just to let all the nyc drivers know,if you owe more than $101 in parking tickets. you car can be towed. check out nyc finance dept to see for yourself.

    • fed up with the hypocrisy

      It called take responsibility for your actions. Park illegally, get ticket, pay ticket and try not to do it again. Stop being a victim and blaming the city for this. The city is not always right but this one is on you.

    • Andrew Nutra

      I have no problems with that! Sounds like a good idea to me.

    • The Realist

      (1) Pay your tickets.

      (2) PARK LEGALLY for once in your life.

    • Meme Meyagi

      to the filth who commented above, may you be robbed daily

  • Jim Shores

    The entire USA is fast becoming a “ZERO TOLERANCE for Tyranny” nation. You got it Boomburger? Just say no to the Nazi NWO. Protest them and see what happens. I we throw them out we will cure 99% of our problems.

  • pooch

    How about starting with ” the park is closed 11 p.m. – 7 a. m.”

    • Meme Meyagi

      how about throwing you out on the street

  • Steve

    I wish these folks would go occupy their own homes, and leave my end of town alone. It’s getting old. If this 7 week protest ended tomorrow, what would be the lasting, tangible, legacy. Mostly a privately owned parked trashed. Will they reimburse the owner for damages? They have no leadership & no coherent, singular message. Yet they are destroying businesses around them who represent the same 99%. People in the area are losing their jobs. Either do your business, or get off the pot!

  • iggy

    yet bloomberg is at ease with the police breaking every law on the book.

  • SickofBloomberg

    Don’t know who is more pathetic, Adolf Hitlerberg or the morons on these posts defending Wall Street and the pretentious manhattanites crying about their neighborhood. OWS is about real people who have lost and will lose at the hands of Madoff Bloomberg and his cronies. Too bad the rest of you can’t grow a pair and stand up to these Wall Street pigs. You mock because you are scared. OWS has the courage to speak the truth. New York City is a giant toilet that needs to be flushed.

    • fed up with the hypocrisy

      What truth? You have no message except THE ONLY WAY I CAN FELL IMPORTANT IS TO SIT IN A PARK AND PROTEST SOMETHING YOU REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND. The only thing the wall street crowd represent is what you want but not willing to work for. You want to take money and resources from the them because you don’t have the personal fortitude to obtain it yourself. When that runs out you will find another target to steal from. Get off your ass, stop doing the drug and refrain from mooching off others. This will be your key to success.

      • Stupid Protestors

        Could not agree with you more. Morons supporting morons, that have no clue what they are protestingl Any other mayor would have had these idiots out of town by week number two, but not our whimpy Bloomberg. No, so the rest of us have to suffer, by not being able to frequent local businesses, or take an evening stroll, but lets let these homeless wannabes that never will be, take center stage night after night. some tear gas and mace is all that is needed…..

    • antifascist

      Right on! I agree with your point of view, especially about the pretentious people who defend these criminals, and we’re supposed to just bend over and take it with a smile on our faces. Occupy Wall Street Forever!!!

  • Bigbrostyx Walls

    The people were wondering when force was going to used on protesters’?Civilized mans’ answer for everything he tries to control.

    • The Realist

      Send in Al Gore to talk to them. They’ll scurry like rats.

  • Jason

    I can’t call these OWS protesters socialists. Socialism is far too abstract for these perceptual-level animals.

  • The Realist

    Any court will rule that, by not addressing “illegal activity” before now, Bloomberg has effectively REVOKED the laws in question and cannot enforce them until the City Council reenacts them.

    • The Real realist

      Any court? Really? I think not!

      • The Realist

        Yes, ANY court.

        The precedent came from a case involving the “Critical Mass” bicyclists. Basically, Rudy Giuliani once stated publicly that he would not enforce the bicycle provisions of the City’s traffic laws. The court ruled that Giuliani had effectively REVOKED those provisions, so Bloomberg’s administration had zero enforcement rights.

  • liz

    Gloomberg – you are so pathetic – the mentality of put up a traffic light only when someone gets run over and dies, so now let’s wait for something VIOLENT to happen and then we’ll do something. Wake up jerk-off get those animals the hell out of the neighborhood. There are PLENTY of us who live and work in the Downtown area that have had ENOUGH! This is sheer nonsense and a COMPLETE WASTE OF TAXPAYER’S MONEY trying to control the animals.

    • Amused but not misled

      You SERIOUSLY think he is worse than Mayor DInkins? He set the next black mayor back a century.

  • Frustrated

    Bloomberg doesn’t have the guts to do what needs to be done. He wants to make sure his designee for mayor (Christine) gets elected. By the way, why hasn’t she opened her mouth about this whole fiasco?

  • Jeff

    aWW poor little Mike doesnt want his Marxist ilk to paly in his little sandbox anymore…Mike you incompetent tool, you should have dealt with these savages from the beginning with an iron fist. Now they are a much larger group and unfortunately the only way this is ending is with violence. Why is it that everything bloomberg does screws over the NYC resident/taxpayer every time ?? Raise property taxes, raise sales tax, stupid bike lanes, the GZ mosque, the 2010 blizzard, everythign this guy does screws over the proletariat….

  • steven

    Enforce the law? What about the tents? Isn’t it illegal to stay in the park all night?

    • Amused but not misled

      That’s a city park. Zucotti is a park on private property.

      And no – it’s illegal at sunset to be in the park. A city park

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    If you are a white liberal girl please report to the park immediately there are several large black men waiting to make love to you doggie style.. What a joke this group is please NYPD beat them all and shave there heads so we know who they are after

  • JoeyNy

    C’mon man. We’ve had enough of this down here. Even the incredibly liberal CB has turned against them, having had 12 mtgs with these maniacs with nothing to show for it. Now the residents are cooking up a big fat lawsuit against the city, Brookfield, etc etc etc. Time to act before that embarrassment arrives on your doorstep.

  • Nick

    Leave them alone. Just lock them inside a caged area and move the cops out of it. Let them live the life they so desire. And don’t get mushy hearted and start letting them out either.

  • Vik

    Oh Yeah Mike!? Prove it – CHICKEN!!! Prove it by moving them the he!! out of downtown. If you need a clue, turn to Page Six of today’s New York Post. Should be very enlightening if you have half a brain.

    • Michael H.

      Vik, let’s be honest here. The Post isn’t worthy of being used as toilet paper. You’re better off reading the back of a shampoo bottle. You’ll likely wind up more informed.

      • GoyWonder

        Let’s be honest, your homosexual Semitic stench is permeating again, Michael.

    • mudshark

      Yesterday, that buffoon who wrote the editorial demanded that Mayor Mike restore New York’s dignity. This Murdoch rag has a lot of nerve questioning ANYONE’S dignity. Isn’t this the same newspaper that plastered a picture of Conor Clapton’s uncovered body after a 53 floor fall all over it’s front page? Those are some real humanitarians, worthy of respect, right?

  • West Bank Blues

    Bloomy’s message is basically a Zionist message to Americans, as their freedoms are coveted by them , one by one, through convoluted economic hardships and post 911 legislative action. The message is …..BEHAVE, or else!

    Welcome to the new Palistinanian West Bank formerly known as the USA

  • Skull

    !!! ALERT !!! Tomorrow is Guy Fawkes Night.
    Extra police with riot gear, and firefighters should be on hand.
    Are you listening Bloomy?

    • Andrew Nutra

      How ironic! These people got the idea of wearing Guy Fawkes masks from a movie made by A CORPORATION!

  • Slim Pickens

    Mayor Bilderberg looks to bust violent urineators but protects his billionaire buddies that criminally decimated the world econmy.

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