Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street is urging followers to block traffic at bridges and tunnels to make it hard for people to get to work.
The city and police violated demonstrators’ free speech rights, used excessive force, arrested protesters on dubious charges and interfered with journalists’ and council members’ efforts to observe what was going on, the four City Council members and others say in the federal civil rights suit.
The Oscar-winning actress recently made that claim during a panel discussion with filmmaker Michael Moore at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped charges against a city councilman accused of resisting arrest while trying to get to the former Occupy Wall Street encampment as police raided it last fall.
Manhattan prosecutors said they couldn’t prove the case against Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez because they didn’t have an account from a key figure — a female officer whom Rodriguez is accused of trying to push.
Occupy Wall Street Protestors marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, marking six months since demonstrators were arrested walking the same route.
Occupy Wall Street announced on its website that “a team of activists” opened more than 20 stations in Brooklyn and Manhattan by taping MetroCard readers at turnstiles and propping open emergency exits.
Rev. Al Sharpton says organizers would hold a series of nonviolent protests calling for the arrest of the crime watch volunteer who confronted the unarmed black teenager because he thought he looked “suspicious,” and then shot him.
About 500 Occupy members marched from Zuccotti Park to Union Square with the family of John Collado, who was shot by a plain clothes police officer last fall.
After a witness provided a license plate number of the van allegedly used to transport the waste, authorities apprehended 25-year-old Jordan Brooks Amos, of Philadelphia, two days after the incidents.
Demonstrators with the Occupy Wall Street movement are now calling Union Square their new home base after a dramatic and sometimes violent face-off between police and protesters stretched into the early morning hours.
Some New York City Council members contend the NYPD used excessive force in its handling of the weekend protests, but Bloomberg refuted the notion, saying the police know how to handle a crowd.
Police spokesman Paul Browne confirmed Sunday that the department was seeking a subpoena to identify the person.
After police broke up a rally at Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park and arrested dozens, Occupy Wall Street protesters said their movement would pick up momentum.
As spring approaches, Occupy Wall Street protesters who mostly hibernated all winter are beginning to stir with plans for renewed demonstrations six months after the movement was born.