Keeping up with the Occupy Wall Street protest movement is a daunting task for news outlets big and small, so from here on in, we’ll be doing a frequent roundup of the latest goings-on. (Photo: Steffie Keith/flickr)
- Over 70 Occupy protesters were arrested in NYC over the weekend and charged with mostly minor offenses, but the size of their bail was reportedly determined by whether or not they agreed to an iris scan, which is not only Orwellian, but also in contravention of the law.
- There was a lot of tension on Saturday when the police, on several occasions, wrongly enforced the sidewalk statute. It is true that people can’t crowd the sidewalk to the point that it restricts the flow of pedestrian traffic, but police officers have reinterpreted that law to mean that you must either go into Liberty Plaza or keep moving. For them, just the very act of standing on the sidewalk is unlawful.
- One of the people arrested, an OWS medic, apparently had his head smashed into a glass window by arresting officers.
- OWS is getting it’s own news site, you’ll never guess the URL.
- Four NYC City Council Members held a press conference at Liberty Plaza earlier today and voiced support for OWS protesters injured in clashes with police this weekend and criticized the cops or their brutal treatment. A few people showed up.
- A few hours later, Occupy Wall Streeters say their peers were busted for calling cops “douchebags.”
- Below is a video I shot on Saturday at OWS. Be sure to fast forward to the :52 mark where an officer in a white shirt tells his colleagues to remove me while documenting an arrest and they do, as if I were a rag doll.