Setup on the Brooklyn Bridge

From the descriptions of the people who were there, it sounds as though Mayor Bloomberg’s strategy is to thin the ranks of protesters with police set-ups like this. They probably don’t understand how many more people are waiting in line to support the Occupy Wall Street actions:

Police reopened the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday evening after more than 500 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested for blocking traffic lanes and attempting an unauthorized march across the span.

The arrests took place when a large group of marchers, participating in a second week of protests by the Occupy Wall Street movement, broke off from others on the bridge’s pedestrian walkway and headed across the Brooklyn-bound lanes.

“More than 500 were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge late this afternoon after multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway,” a police spokesman said.

“Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested. Others locked arms and proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway and were arrested,” he added.

The bridge was reopened at 8:05 p.m. EDT after being closed for hours.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene on the famous suspension bridge as a sea of police officers surrounded the protesters using orange mesh netting.

Some protesters tried to get away as officers started handcuffing members of the group. Dozens of protesters were seen handcuffed and sitting on the span as three buses were called in to take them away, witnesses and organizers said.

The NY Times interviewed protesters who said, despite NYPD claims, the police never warned them they couldn’t walk in the roadway:

“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 was in the march but was not arrested.

[…] Etan Ben-Ami, 56, a psychotherapist from Brooklyn who was up on the walkway, said that the police seemed to make a conscious decision to allow the protesters to claim the road. “They weren’t pushed back,” he said. “It seemed that they moved at the same time.”

Mr. Ben-Ami said he left the walkway and joined the crowd on the road. “It seemed completely permitted,” he said. “There wasn’t a single policeman saying ‘don’t do this’.”

He added: “We thought they were escorting us because they wanted us to be safe.” He left the bridge when he saw officers unrolling the nets as they prepared to make arrests. Many others who had been on the roadway were allowed to walk back down to Manhattan.

4 thoughts on “Setup on the Brooklyn Bridge

  1. Please grow up or just go away all you 1960’s lazy, unhappy libruls and your kids too.

  2. Setup? They wouldn’t do such a thing, would they? Nobody in authority does that, right? The kids must have been doing something wrong.

    One late Christmas Eve afternoon in the late 80s, I was leaving New York to drive to Woodstock to spend the holiday with my children. Approaching the Lincoln Tunnel, a NYC cop was directing a line of cars that were in the right lane of the ramp to a lane further to the right of that. But it wasn’t a proper traffic lane at all, and we were stopped by him and another cop who issued tickets to each of us. I showed up in traffic court a few weeks later to plead not guilty and tell the judge what really happened, but “my” officer never showed up, so the case was dismissed.

    A year or two before that incident, I was driving back from Woodstock and was approaching the Thruway via the traffic circle in Kingston, NY. There is a stop sign before the circle, but I almost missed it. I saw a car already in the circle, and did stop, however, before entering. I waited for the car, but the driver slowed down and waved me in. So I went and drove up to the toll booth. The other car followed me in and turned on his cop lights. It was an unmarked police car. He gave me a ticket for going through a stop sign and failing to yield to traffic in the circle.

    He didn’t show up at the hearing, either.

    So, no; cops never lead you astray, then bust you. Never happens.

  3. This is sad to watch… a bunch of spoiled rich kids who have no jobs are out destroying public property like parks and bridges, they are littering everywhere and pooping in public spaces, causing thousands of damage that taxpayers now will have to pay for instead of that money going to the poor and needy, they are not producing anything of value for society, they are not paying taxes, and when it comes time for them to vote, they won’t (statistically speaking). Sad- I feel horrible that the educational system let all of these poor stupid idiots down so badly. They deserve pity.

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