NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Several hundred Occupy Wall Street protesters joyfully returned to Zuccotti Park Tuesday.

By sunrise Wednesday, though, they were down to just a handful remaining in the park.

The return of the protesters took place after police removed barriers erected there following the ouster of the protesters back in November.

1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reports

The barriers came down after the New York Civil Liberties Union sent a letter saying the barriers were essentially illegal and in violation of zoning laws.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said the NYPD and Brookfield Office Properties, which owns the park, had been discussing removing the barriers last week. They decided to remove them Tuesday, Browne said, because they felt they were no longer necessary.

One man told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten that returning to the park felt liberating.

“It just feels wonderful, we feel liberated, and the community here is vibrant,” he said.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Scene

Three people were arrested at the park after the barriers came down, apparently lying down, which is in violation of the park’s rules.

Meanwhile, the Civilian Complaint Review Board is investigating misconduct complaints against police made by dozens of protesters. They include allegations of improper use of force ranging from handcuffs that were to tight to improper use of a night stick.

Is the “Occupy” protest fizzling and played out or just lying low for the winter? Sound off in our comments section.

Comments (33)
  1. Winston Smith says:

    NOW who is “thorwing stones at them with ignorant OWS comments”?
    Really, who can say”who they are and their motives”? They ran from “A free lunch” to “total anarchy” and ALL stops in between.
    I worked in a factory where you had to yell to be heard just 10′ away. Did I listen to each machine? No, it was just “NOISE”.
    Now, “Suffrage” had a GOAL, “Prohibition” had a GOAL, “Civil Rights” had a GOAL, the (original) Tea Party had a GOAL. Face it, the only unifying GOAL of “Occupy [wherever]” was, like that factory, “NOISE” (and whatever imagined mileage some politico thought he could squeeze out of it).

    1. wounded defecator project says:

      Liberal, neo-conservative, useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
      Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with Occupy and with the Anonymous, Wikileaks and Ruckus brigades. Thank you heroes for your fvcking service, and congrats on the Man udda Year.
      For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites, sic Zionist apparachik of the Fed, IMF and World Bank, will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding their addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble flea-baggers and pyros, or let the streets flow with blood.

  2. Margaret Thatcher says:

    “The problem with Socialism is you eventually run out of other peoples money!”

  3. Adrian Rogers says:

    “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the industrious out of it. You don’t multiply wealth by dividing it. Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn’t first take from somebody else. Whenever somebody receives something without working for it, somebody else has to work for it without receiving. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don’t have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to get the idea that it does no good to work because they don’t get to enjoy the fruits of their labor.”

    1. Jeff Sayin says:

      Your math is very fishy and contributions to society are not a pure give 1 take 1 equation.

      And a bigger sickness in society than proper incentives to work is gross inequality in what you are paid for your actual contribution to society and while Wall Street certain provides a necessary and useful function, they are paid for more than they deserve for their actual contribution to society. Rather, they are simple smart enough to know how to gamble with other’s peoples money, have no moral compass and we all pay the price.

      1. Adrian Rogers says:

        That was a historical quote. Do some internet research.

    2. Jeff Sayin says:

      Your math is very fishy and contributions to society are not a pure give 1 take 1 equation. And who is saying anything about “half the people will get the idea they don’t have to work”? Just another made up straw argument in a feeble attempt to justify your intolerance.

  4. DaEmph says:

    At least they have guts and balls to stand up in what they believe in, unlike some of you spineless cowards on here.
    Maybe people are getting tired of how F’ed up this country really is and some of you just accepted it.

    1. The Realist says:

      They’re NOT “standing up for what they believe in” because they’ve never actually SAID what they believe in. NO solid demands. NO solid policy proposals. NO definitive problems identified. NO alternative solutions offered. NOTHING.

      All they’re doing in that park is hanging out, leeching off society, and generating tons of money for the “Occupy” CORPORATION.

    2. Amtracmarine says:

      It takes no guts to camp out in a public park. It takes no guts to beat drums all night long. It takes no guts wear stupid masks and put on stupid little skits. It takes guts to stand up againist a corrupt governmentand face the guns the way they are doing in the Middle East.

      1. Jeff Sayin says:

        The comments of you and the rest of the OWS haters says more about your intolerance of the opinions of those who don’t agree with you and your ignorance about what you don’t understand. Sad

        1. Amtracmarine says:

          Aren’t you doing the same thing J.Off??

          1. Jeff Sayin says:

            How? I’m just calling out those that resort to insults and false allegations, but have no problem with people maiking substantive comments regardless of their political beliefs.

            Unfortunately, the anonymity of comment boards seems to encourage people to espouse intolerance in the form of insults and false allegations.

            I’m just pointing it out. And I note you resort to insults too.

  5. dp says:

    They really did not accomplish anything during there last effort…they need to re group in a different format and rid themselves of the rif raf that has latched on to this movement….they need effective leaders to be taken seriously..which they do not have at the present time…

    What happened to all the money they raised?

    1. Jeff Sayin says:

      DUd not accomplish anything? Depends on how you measure it. Htey have changed the conservation to the point republican presidnetial candidates crriticize one of hheir own (Romney) for being a greedy capitialist. That my friend is a major accomplishment.

      1. Jeff Sayin says:

        This time without typos:

        Did not accomplish anything? Depends on how you measure it. They have changed the conversation to the point republican presidential candidates crriticize one of their own (Romney) for being a greedy capitialist. That my friend is a major accomplishment.

        1. dp says:

          Who won yesterday? …

          1. Jeff Sayin says:

            Yeah – republicans voted for most for the greedy capitalist.


  6. james says:

    Corrupt DEA where stealing drugs from evidence vaults and reselling them to cover extensive credit card debt.
    They also are creating suspects by planting evidence just so that they can steal from them.
    Given the choice of suspension or dealing with their debt most DEA are thinking outside the box.

  7. Thomas McNamara says:

    Here is a counterpoint for them to consider.

  8. PaPa Joe says:

    Please, please, can anyone tell me what “You are posting too quickly, slow down” means, apart from the actual vocabulary. I get this a lot and, it seems, others do too. Is it a political slap on the wrist from CBS, or, can’t they, if there is a they, read fast enough?

    1. Jess Sayin says:

      You are pressing the submit comment button (or pressing enter) repreatedly after typing a comment. Only press submit commnet once.

      1. PaPa Joe says:

        Thank you

    2. concerned occupier says:

      It’s also a glitch that occurs because server’s content-checker senses either a duplicate comment or a “bad word”. Solution obvious.

  9. Paul Kohloff says:

    throw a bar of soap at them.

  10. Todd Rundgren says:

    I don’t wanna work. I wanna bang on the drum all day.

  11. Andrew Nutra says:

    OWS should occupy homeless shelters and unemployment offices. Those people have time on their hands and will have the most to gain, and there are millions of them. At the end of the day, working Americans don’t want to be lectured by anyone on how they should spend their hard earned money. Homeless shelters and unemployment offices are OWS’ best bet. But being self congratulating, publicity hungry protestors there wouldn’t be any glamor hanging out in those places.

    1. Jeff Sayin says:

      Actually, any person willing to sleep outside and spend there time exercising their constitutional rights protesting and raising awareness of perceived injustices should at least be respected for their convictions and lack of apathy instead of thorwing stones at them with ignorant anti-OWS comments fillled with sterotypes about who they are and their motives.

      While I often don’t agree with the many opinions relfected in the OWS crowd or anti-Cuba protestors or free Palestine protestors for that matter, I do admire and respect their willingness to stand up for what they believe and their right to do so – particularly here in NYC which i think is still a free society though I’m not so sure.

      And I do take offense when the OWS-haters throw insults on comment boards in effect telling the OWS crowd to go away/shut up. I find such intolerance pathetic and disgusting. .

      1. Michael H. says:

        Andrew gets paid to trash talk OWS. He’s admitted it in the past and note that he never comments on articles other than ones that are OWS related.

  12. Clean Streets says:

    I guess they have nothing else to do, not place to go and no public urinating place. I was talking to a policeman who was assigned to the first “protest”, or should I say “display”. He said there was an open man-hole cover ant the “protesters” were using the site as a toilet. The only problem, he said, was that it backed up into the street. If that’s true the those protesters were a swell bunch of folk, weren’t they? I wonder what will happen this time …..

    1. Clean Streets says:

      sorry for the typos …..

  13. What? says:

    It’s played out. Real protesters do what they have to do no matter the condition. So their word is not that important that they need to be consistent and make progress.

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