NYPD arrests Occupy Wall Street protesters, legal observer and journalists.

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On the first day of 2012, NYPD arrested OWS protesters, National Lawyers Guild observer, freelance journalists, professional photographers, livestreamers. Their Constitutional rights were violated by the New York City police and NYC Mayor Bloomberg.

En el primer día del 2012, la policía de la Ciudad de Nueva York arrestó manifestantes del Movimiento Ocupa Wall Street, observador legal de National Lawyers Guild, fotografos profesionales, periodistas independientes. Sus derechos contitucionales fueron violados por la policia y el alcalde de Nueva York, Michael Bloomberg.

1/1/2012- WALLS CAME DOWN at Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park). Occupy Wall Street protesters removed the barricades and piled them up in the middle of the park. That is how they welcomed the New Year 2012.

On Saturday, December 31, 2011, around 11:30pm, WALLS CAME DOWN at Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park).
Occupy Wall Street protesters removed the barricades and piled them up in the middle of the park. That is how they welcomed the New Year 2012.
After the celebration at Liverty Plaza, demonstrators marched on Broadway, 7 ave, 14th Street, 13th street. On the corner of 13th Street and 5th Ave, the NYPD closed the street and arrested many of them without giving a warning. Police officers also arrested independent journalists, photographers.

Actress Ellen Barkin was walking home and twitted, “People being thrown in police vans, arrested for “jaywalking”. What happened to the NYPD of my youth? Who are u all? Shame shame on u all.” “Just threatened on my street by NYPD, cop shoved me, both hands, onto sidewalk.. Is it a crime 2 stand in the street in NY? WTF is going on here?” Video shot by Actor Sam Levinson, shows a police officer herding her from the street to the sidewalk and then pushing her by the shoulders.

I was arrested on the corner of 13th Street and 5th Ave by the NYPD while covering the march. This is a short story about the arrest: The NYPD violated my constitutional rights.

According to the live updates on the website of Occupy Wall Street at “3:12am: NYPD ejected Nat’l Lawyers Guild observer. Observer left and made phone call. NYPD demanded NLG observer put down phone, then arrested the observer.”

At least 68 people were arrested. The New York Times reported that “One officer used two hands to repeatedly shove backwards a credentialed news photographer who was preparing to document an arrest and a police commander announced through a megaphone that the park, which is normally open 24 hours a day, was closed until 9 a.m., but did not provide a reason.” Kevin Gosztola of The Dissenter wrote a report about the night.

This protester was punched on the face by police officers. We were on the same police van. He was bleeding from his face. His hands were so tight, they were getting purple and he was sweating a lot. Two of the arrested people asked the police to help him. The police didn’t do anything. Somebody called 911 to send an ambulance. We didn’t know the exact address, the 911 operator could not send it. He had to wait until the police took us to a room at the 7th precinct.


El Sabado, 31 de Diciembre, 2011, aproximadamente como a las 11:30pm, “LAS PAREDES” FUERON DERRIBADAS en la Plaza de la Libertad.
Los manifestantes del movimiento Ocupa Wall Street removieron las barricadas que estaban alrededor del parque y que eran usadas para controlarlos y las amontonaron en el centro de la plaza. Así es como dieron la bienvenida al Año Nuevo 2012.
Después de dar la bienvenida al 2012, los manifestantes marcharon por las calles. Se reportó que 68 personas fueron arrestadas, incluyendo periodistas, fotografos independientes y observador legal del National Lawyers Guild.

Fuí arrestado por la policía de Nueva York mientras cubría este evento. Escribí un poco sobre esto en Inglés. Voy a escribir algo en Español.

Videos of OWS on New Year’s Day.
My flash was not working property so I decided to videotape the event. These are the first videos a make with my camera.
Mi flash no estaba trabajando correctamente, así que decidí filmar el evento. Estos son los primeros videos que realizo con mi camara.

Occupy Wall Street protesters welcomed the New Year at Liberty Plaza.
(Manifestantes del Movimiento Ocupa Wall Street dieron la bienvenida al Año Nuevo 2012, en la Plaza de la Libertad)

Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested while marching on New Year’s Day.
(Los Ocupadores de Ocupa Wall Street fueron arrestados mientras marchaban por las calles de NYC en el primer día del Año Nuevo)

NYPD arresting OWS demonstrators and freelance journalists.
END of the video: Protesters were walking on the sidewalk. I was in front of them. I saw MANY police officers closing the street with plastic net on 13 Street and 5th Ave. It reminded me what the NYPD did on the Brooklyn Bridge (I was there) on Saturday, October 1, 2011. A few people were walking (on the sidewalk) in front of me. Police started arresting them without a warning. I started videotaping the arrests. An officer came from behind and arrested me. He took me to a wall. I asked why I was being arrested. I said, I was a photographer and I was taking pictures. They saw my professional camera and said, they didn’t know. Another officer came and He asked me if I had a press pass. I said, “I am a freelance photographer”. I can hear another journalist saying he was covering the march and got arrested. too. They handcuffed me and took me to a paddy wagon and then to the 7th precinct. READ MORE HERE.
(La policía de la Ciudad de Nueva York arrestando manifestantes del Movimiento OWS y fotografos/periodistas independientes)

Protesters and National Lawyer Guild being arrested. As you can see in the video, they were not blocking pedestrians or traffic.
(Ocupadores y un observador legal del National Lawyers Guild son arrestados. Como pueden ver en el video, no estaban obstruyendo autos o gente)

I went to Liberty Square around 10:00am and the park was closed. The Police or security guards destroyed “Liberty Mountain”. See the picture bellow.

1/1/2012 - I went to Liberty Square around 10:00am and the park was closed. NYPD closed it at 1:30am. It is normally open 24 hours a day.

New York Times – Michael Powell wrote an article about the history of protesters, police and press in New York City.

“By midsummer, murmurs of “occupying Wall Street” were stirring online, and on July 14th, we registered the domain occupywallst.org and began organizing. The first New York City General Assembly was held August 2nd and the Occupation of Liberty Square began on September 17th.

Fueled by anger at the growing disparities between rich and poor, frustrated by government policies that benefit a tiny elite at the expense of the majority, and tired of the establishment’s failure to address fundamental economic inequalities, OWS offered a new solution. We built a People’s Kitchen to feed thousands, opened a People’s Library, created safer spaces, and provided free shelter, bedding, medical care, and other necessities to anyone who needed them. While cynics demanded we elect leaders and make demands on politicians, we were busy creating alternatives to those very institutions. A revolution has been set in motion, and we cannot be stopped.”
Learn more about the Occupy Wall Street Movement

“Moreover, changes in technology and society have made the lines between private citizen and journalist exceedingly difficult to draw. The proliferation of electronic devices with video-recording capability means that many of our images of current events come from bystanders with a ready cell phone or digital camera rather than a traditional film crew, and news stories are now just as likely to be broken by a blogger at her computer as a reporter at a major newspaper. Such developments make clear why the news-gathering protections of the First Amendment cannot turn on professional credentials or status.”_First Circuit Court. SIMON GLIK case. August 26, 2011

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