Arrested OWS

In the arms of police and restrained from running

I happened to be sitting across the street from the courthouse. I had moved to avoid arrest after overhearing a protester’s mumbles. The police wanted the front of the courthouse steps clear. A young girl, Nicole, from Virginia, ran across the street in the cross walk. She had no shoes, just socks with holes. An undercover cop jumped out and spoke to someone else I did not see. “You want her?” And with that I witnessed an arrest. I was surprised that there seemed to be very little commotion from the protesters. A few called out. Most people were unaware of the arrest or chose not to harass the police. Others were downright taunting. “Hey go fix a ticket.” In this instance the police officers and their superiors were professional. NBC was there. The story was spun out. Her friend, the redhead, told the NBC reporter that Nicole had been knocked to the ground by the police for no reason. I did not see the alleged offense, so I cannot comment on whether Nicole was innocent. She was not abused. After being cuffed, she sat down on the ground so that she could not be removed from the scene easily. The first amendment was in abundant display. Mostly the protesters and the police showed restraint. The news reported about a dozen arrests. I saw about six.

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2 thoughts on “Arrested OWS

  1. Great work without getting yourself injured. Anyone who watched or listened to Glenn Beck the last year or two will tell you these protests were coming. These are useful idiots as some have called them. For the most part they haven’t a clue why they are protesting. With the homeless, and many prisoners who have been released recently, the safety and sanity of the City is at risk. We can agree to disagree, that’s what dialogue is about.

    • Yes, i have said that there is a lack of focus here. But so too was the Tea Party when it started. This group will find a voice and then there will be something to worry about. Who will worry is still to be determined. I was struck by the cross section of America, Americans, and American culture represented among the marchers. They will have to winnow the chaff first. The homeless, mentally unstable, and those who would use the movement for anarchy will not last. There is real unhappiness here.

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