Brooklyn Bridge Protest by Occupy Wall Street: More than 700 are arrested by police (Video)

By on Oct 3, 2011 in Current Events, United States Comments

Police prepare to arrest demonstrators.
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The police arrested more than 700 demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement during an attempt to cross the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday afternoon in New York, as announced by several international news sites, October 1, 2011.

According to reports, Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the New York Police Department, allegedly believed that it was the marchers’ choice that led to the enforcement action.

“Protesters who use the Brooklyn Bridge walkway were not arrested. Those who took over the Brooklyn-bound roadway, and impeded vehicle traffic, were arrested,” said Paul J. Browne.

“Multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway and that if they took roadway they would be arrested,” added Paul J. Browne.

Related reports apparently claim that most protesters believed the police had tricked them by allowing them onto the roadway and they presumably didn’t hear calls from authorities to head to the pedestrian walkway.

“The cops watched and did nothing, indeed, seemed to guide us onto the roadway,” said Jesse A. Myerson, a media coordinator for Occupy Wall Street who marched but was reportedly not arrested.

“We were supposed to go up the pedestrian roadway,” said Robert Cammiso, a 48-year-old student from Brooklyn told the Daily News.

“There was a huge funnel, a bottleneck, and we couldn’t fit. People jumped from the walkway onto the roadway. We thought the roadway was open to us.”

Several videos taken of the event similarly show a confusing and chaotic scene.

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