My report and video from the near-eviction of the Occupy Wall Street New York encampment on October 14 appeared on the New York Times Local East Village site. Here’s the video and an excerpt from the post:
A feared confrontation between the police and Occupy Wall Street protesters was averted this morning after the company that owns Zuccotti Park postponed a planned cleaning of the plaza.
The morning was not without incident, as a smaller group of several hundred protesters announced their intention to “celebrate” their continued occupation of the park with an unpermitted civil disobedience march through the streets of the Financial District. The group pushed through a police line onto Broadway chanting “Whose streets? Our Streets!” Police on foot and riding motor scooters forced the protesters back onto the sidewalk, only to have the demonstrators spill again into the streets.
As The Local’s cameras rolled, one man fell to the ground screaming after a police scooter moved into a cluster of people. The man was struck with a baton and arrested moments later as witnesses called out, “You ran over his foot” and chanted, “The whole world is watching.” One bystander hurled a bag of trash at police officers as they pushed protestors back onto the sidewalk.
Writer Michael Tracey, who tweeted that he was punched in the shoulder by a detective, reported that a member of the National Lawyers Guild had his foot run over (it is unclear whether the tweet refers to the same incident), and Miles Doran, a journalist with CBS News, tweeted that his foot was also run over: “This happened several times. Some protester’s feet, legs run over by scooters.”
Thousands of demonstrators had converged on the three-quarter acre park before sunrise Friday, fearing police would evict demonstrators who have camped in the park for nearly four weeks.