NYPD: 250 Arrests Made, 7 Officers Hurt During Occupy Wall Street ‘Day Of Action’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police and protesters faced off  throughout the day today as Occupy Wall Street protesters marked the 2-month anniversary of “Occupy Wall Street” with a “Day of Action.” 

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Clashes between protesters and police in Zuccotti Park and elsewhere in Lower Manhattan left seven police officers injured, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said during an afternoon press conference.

Two of the officers were taken to Bellevue Hospital and 5 others were treated and released from Beekman Downtown Hospital after splashed with what was likely vinegar near Broadway and Wall Street, Kelly said.

One of the officers suffered cuts to his hand — a defensive would, Kelly said.  Bloomberg said that officer was 24-year-old Matthew Walters, who received about 20 stitches.  Walters apparently received the laceration on his left hand after being contacted by some type of star-shaped glass object, the mayor said.

Earlier Thursday Kelly said 177 people were arrested, five for assault in the second-degree.  However, as of 10 p.m. Thursday night, the number of arrests rose to 250.

Mayor Bloomberg said 10,000 people were expected to protest Thursday, but far fewer had actually turned out.

Bloomberg further downplayed the protesters’ numbers and said they caused only “minimal disruptions to our city.”

Bloomberg said the while most protesters “acted responsibly,” those who didn’t would be dealt with accordingly.

“You can rest assured the NYPD has trained for this kind of event, they’ll be where they need to be,” Bloomberg said.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported that protesters were also throwing batteries at officers. A bottle was also reportedly thrown at a cop.

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Occupy Wall Street protesters clash with police in Zuccotti Park on November 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Earlier in the day, police barricaded hundreds of protesters inside Zuccotti Park after they marched onto Wall Street.

Despite the number of arrests, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told 1010 WINS’ that the protest has been orderly overall.

“People were able to get to work and leave the area,” he said. “Most, when they were told to return to the sidewalk, did. Those who didn’t were arrested.”

According to their website, protesters returned to Zuccotti in what they called a “victory march.”

As police tried to corral protesters inside the park, many began knocking over barricades and lifting them up over the crowd. Some even danced on them.

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Arrests being made during the 'Day of Action' at Wall and Nassau Streets on Nov. 17, 2011. (credit: Kristin Thorne/CBS 2)

Hundreds of protesters marched around the Financial District chanting “Occupy Wall Street, all day, all week” and “Whose streets? Our streets!”

Protesters were greeted by a large police presence, who had essentially turned the blocks surrounding the NYSE into a large “frozen zone.” Area residents and workers could get past police barricades by showing identification and proof they work there.

Many residents, workers and children had to thread through crowds of protesters to make their way past barricades which triggered several shoving matches and arrests.

“You do not have a parade permit! You are blocking the street,” a police officer said through a bullhorn to demonstrators.

According to messages sent out on Twitter this morning, some protesters were wearing suits to try to blend in with the business crowd.

They also claimed that about 20 protesters locked arms and blocked access to a TD Bank while a sanitation truck blocked Beaver Street “in solidarity with OWS.”

The protests also delayed bus service on the M5 bus line near Broadway and Chambers Street, according to MTA.

A member of the Occupy Wall Street Press team said Thursday’s demonstration, even if it’s not entirely successful, is the first step to toward affecting change.

“Change starts with awareness,” Mark Bray told CBS 2’s Jay Dow. “And if you look at any significant change in American history, it takes years.”

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Mounted police officers in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 (credit: Kristin Thorne/CBS 2)

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  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • Gregory Miller

    Some say these protests are disruptive to business.. –I think differently. I think business has been disruptive to people who are the protesters. Business and most notebely Multi National Companies created this entire mess by moving business operations around so much. It almost appears that the USA had to drop it’s standard of living to help raise China’s standard of living. If that is the case they took a short cut in business practice that disrupted the worlds economy,and thus this financial mess. The cheap way for business to achieve it’s goals cost almost everybody almost everything. They do not deserve any mercy if that is what they did.

  • Yaspar

    Nobody likes a Fleabagger.

  • Victory69

    I’m getting tired of group think frankly. A mob is a mob. Go home folks.

  • The Realist

    How much money did O.W.S. and its top executives make from yesterday’s antics? Harassing small children for trying to go to school must have been especially lucrative, no?

  • sage

    Yes guys the American Spirit lives on, ‘Land of the free and home of the brave.”

  • Matthew Anziulewicz

    Prisons are overcrowded with not enough prison cells. I suggest that you give each of the arrested one of those confiscated tents and let them occupy the prison yard of the nearest penitentiary.

  • sage

    So 1% of the 99% invaded 99% of 1%ers on wall street…goes to show it is the 1%ers that are the movers and the shakers while the other 99%ers are reactors, this is the tendency 99% of the time with 1% margin of error.

  • sage

    Democracy in action.

  • sage

    Democracy in action!!!!

  • Andrew Nutra

    OWS take a tip from your fellow terrorist Al Qaeda: Have a leader, have a focus, and die for your cause!

  • Andrew Nutra

    OWS: The moment’s gone. Battles are about territories. You all folded like beach chairs when the cops came last Tuesday. Not a good way to rally the troops. It used to be about spreading the message, now they just want revenge.

    Are bankers greedy? Maybe. Are politicians corrupt? Perhaps. The reality is Wall Streeters listen to shareholders and they’re spread around the world. Politicians listen to voters and they’re all over the country. NO ONE listens to percussionists! The stunt you pulled today terrorized mostly the same hard working Americans you’re supposed to be trying to win over, the poor street vendors, the cab drivers, the food service people, the Cops, yes the cops. It caused trouble today but it’s hardly sustainable.

    This is a down economy true, that’s why you gotta work a little harder. This is a land of opportunity and not guarantees. If this wasn’t the case migrants from all over the world wouldn’t still be coming here.

  • Spencer

    The protesters have demonstrated they are drunk in their own conviction considering the antagonistic measures they have resorted to.

  • Karen

    The coverage on WCBS-TV has been biased from the get-go. Unprovoked assaults on protesters by police officers are being called “clashes with police”, as though the civilians and cops were at war with one another. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly complains about a little vinegar being thrown at his paramilitary forces as though his unprovoked pepper spraying rampage was blowing a kiss. You report injuries to seven officers, but provide no information on injuries to demonstrators as well as innocent bystanders. This is what the “journalism” of the corporate-controlled media looks like..

  • bklyn

    I hope one of these idiots, or there family needs help from the police. Now that the NYPD has to care for the OWS BS there are not many around to help you.

  • Captain Bill's Daughter

    congratulations to my extended family of the long blue line on their professionalism in the face of hostility. for young children to have to pass through barricades to get to school amid chanting protesters had to be traumatic for the kids. i’m glad i don’t work in downtown manhattan, as my patience and tolerance and decreased to 0. it’s time if this “group” wants to continue to voice their protest to go by the rules and get the necessary parade permits and contribute the the costs incurred with their activities. perhaps then they’ll have a speck of respectability. don’t get in my way on the sidewalks of new york or i’ll be happy to demonstrate a hockey move or 2. stay strong nypd. a rapid recovery to the officers injured in the line of duty. dad was nypd for 30+ years and would also wish safe tours to those who have followed in his footsteps.

    • Julie Boolie

      Would you care to contribute to the costs of the parade? And are you making a threat via a hockey stick? That’s called Simple Assault. If you do play that out, you are now on record as having threatened assault. Also please learn the importance of Capitalization. Capitalization is the difference between “I helped my Uncle Jack off a horse” and “I helped my uncle jack off a horse”. Perhaps you should also pass through the barricades to enter school.

      • Julie Boolie

        Congratulations, Captain Bill! You have raised a completely uneducated dumb.ass who has somehow figured out how to use the Interwebz. Hopefully she doesn’t procreate.

  • suxiao

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    By the time these protests diminish, no one will want to hire half of these jail birds anyway!!!

  • Indy

    Maybe Obama should have a beer summit for the 7 officers that got hurt. He will probably say they acted stupidly.

  • edrews

    OWS really needs to distance itself from the people who throw anything at law enforcement and/or scuffle with law enforcement. Slashing an officer with a bottle is not going to go well for the assailant, and it does reflect very poorly on OWS. OWS needs to remove these people from their midst IMMEDIATELY. Throwing liquid isn’t going to be taken well either.

    These reports should not be coming from something that was/is billed as a peaceful protest.

    I don’t see getting arrested as a positive for OWS, regardless of the charge, and getting arrested for resisting, arrest, assault, etc, is not a supportable action. THose who support this kind of action should not be a part of OWS – ever!

    Before you claim getting arrested as a ‘badge of honor’, consider ther fact that your arrest may actually disqualify you for jobs you might want, like and even enjoy. That’s really a shame considering the compaints from OWS about lack of employment.

  • Huh

    Is Susan Sarandon ok? I feared the worst when I heard the news…

  • Linda

    I have never seen just a bunch of WINNY ASSHOLES WITH NO CAUSE. They are only hurting themselves and their cause what ever that is. If you want to change things start with the politicians who can change the laws do not disrupt working people who have to work to feed their familes and put a roof over their heads – in other words – GET A JOB and work for a living – go back to school and get an education = run for govenment yourself and change things.

  • Blasterific

    Gee, I am hungry,

  • Auntie Tea

    I love the way CBS is PROMOTING this by listing times and places for more Radical Unrest! CBS is an ENEMY of STATE!

  • Auntie Tea

    These useful idiots are playing into the hands of the Banks and Congress. They WANT a crisis so they can impose more regulation, more laws, and take away MORE freedoms. We have a process to handle corruption…it’s called voting for AMERICANS who DEFEND our rights, NOT RADICALS who aim to bring our country down. WAKE UP AMERICA!

  • NYGirl

    These people look like a bunch of dirtbags. They don’t look like the middle class taxpayer, like me, who is working her butt off only to have the government take it and give it away to people and causes that I don’t believe in. Freedom my a$$. Somebody needs to start the MIDDLE CLASS OCCUPY WASHINGTON MOVEMENT or the STOP PAYING TAXES TO THIEVES MOVEMENT.

  • Darth Sidious

    “Execute order 66”

    • Julie Boolie

      Heh! Love.

    • Blasterific

      May the force be with you.

      • Huh

        …and also with you…

  • Huh

    What train is Susan Saraondon going to be on?…I want to tell her I’m a big fan of Rugrats in Paris!!

  • Wall St. Banker

    Uprising is coming. People are fed up with our greed. This country is going to be in shambles. God help us.

    • Andrew Nutra

      Strong words from people who folded like a bunch of cards Tuesday night when the cops came. Take that credibility!!! True revolutionaries would have stayed until death.

    • Julie Boolie

      I was hoping it would not come to that, but I now welcome it. And I am probably being flagged by the Feds for saying this, lol. Nothing is going to change until a revolution occurs…

    • Auntie Tea

      I believe it is THEIR greed that is causing this…….Give me more, Give me more, Give me more……..

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