Protesters arrested in New York, Denver, San Diego
Uniformed officers stand across the street from protesters in Denver, Colorado, on Friday morning after troopers cleared protesters from a park.
October 14th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Protesters arrested in New York, Denver, San Diego

Editor's note: The following are updates on Occupy Wall Street-style protests in the United States, including those in Denver - where some protesters were detained Friday morning - and New York, where authorities arrested some marchers after city officials canceled a plan to clear demonstrators' encampments at a city park.

[Updated at 12:32 p.m. ET] In San Diego, CNN affiliate KFMB broadcast images of police detaining demonstrators as they gathered amid tents and tarps strewn about a downtown plaza.

Protesters appeared to refuse to leave the area, sitting in columns atop the tarps and yelling, "Stay down" as police tried to remove them from the scene.

Police had warned the protesters to leave the area by Friday. They told protesters they were violating a city ordinance by setting up tents in a public area without a permit, and that they were in the way of a planned weekend event that is expected to draw hundreds of people in the same area, CNN affiliate KGTV reported.

[Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET] More details on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's revelation that the owners of Zuccotti Park - where protesters have been camping for weeks - decided against clearing the park Friday after they allegedly received threatening phone calls from city officials:

The mayor said on New York's WOR Radio that he didn't know which officials allegedly made the threats, but that the company decided to work out some form of a negotiated settlement with protesters in the coming days.

Bloomberg added that while he lacked first-hand knowledge of the conversations, he was told the officials generally threatened to "make life more difficult" for the real-estate company.

[Updated at 10:25 a.m. ET] Fourteen people were arrested Friday morning on or near Broadway in lower Manhattan, including protesters who obstructed traffic by standing or sitting down on the street, New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said.

Other people who were arrested had turned over trash baskets, knocked over a police scooter and hurled bottles, said Browne, who added that charges were pending.

Demonstrators were marching on Broadway on a day that city officials decided not to follow through on a plan to clear protesters from lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, where protesters have been camping for weeks.

[Updated at 10:08 a.m. ET] At least 24 protesters were arrested - many on allegations of criminal misconduct -  in Denver, Colorado, on Friday morning as state troopers cleared people from a park where protesters had been encamped, CNN affiliate KMGH reported, citing Denver and state police.

[Updated at 9:25 a.m. ET] Some protesters in Denver, Colorado, were detained Friday morning as state troopers began clearing them from a park where they'd been encamped, CNN affiliate KMGH reports.

Authorities had given protesters until 11 p.m. Thursday to clear the park, which is across the street from the state Capitol, KMGH reports.

Video from the scene, provided by KMGH, shows a few dozen protesters shouting toward a line of uniformed officers across the street from them.  Troopers were preventing protesters from returning to the park.

[Updated at 8:59 a.m. ET] The real-estate firm that owns New York's Zuccotti Park - where Occupy Wall Street protesters have been encamped for weeks - decided not to clear out protesters as planned Friday after the company was "inundated" with calls from public officials who threatened them, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says.

Bloomberg said during his weekly commentary on New York's WOR Radio that he didn't know which officials allegedly made the threats, but that the company decided to work out some form of a negotiated settlement with the protesters in the coming days.

Updated at 6:28 a.m. ET] The New York City mayor's office says a cleaning planned for Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street protesters are encamped, has been postponed. The move averts a potential showdown between demonstrators and police.

The New York mayor's office said Brookfield Properties, the owners of Zuccotti Park, told the city late Thursday the scheduled cleaning is off for now and "for the time being" they are "withdrawing their request" made earlier in the week for police assistance during the cleaning operation.

There had been fears of a standoff between New York officers tasked with clearing the park early Friday and protesters who wouldn't budge. The city had ordered the protesters to leave by 7 a.m. so crews could clean the park.

[Posted at 3:18 a.m. ET] Protesters camped out at a Manhattan park say they have no intention of vacating it despite an order from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to leave the premises by 7 a.m. Friday to allow for cleanup.

"We will passively resist and make it as difficult a process to remove us as possible," Occupy Wall Street spokesman Tyler Combelic said Thursday. "It's not an occupation if you can't occupy the park."

His words appeared to be backed up by the sentiment of the crowd of more than 1,000 protesters who filled Zuccotti Park Thursday night. "All day! All week! Occupy Wall Street!" they chanted.

Combelic called the mayor's announcement a "not-so-veiled attempt" to force protesters from the park, setting up a possible confrontation with authorities.

Protesters descended on the privately-owned park near the New York Stock Exchange on September 17 to protest the nation's ailing economy.

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soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Lagreen4

    Hateuall, you are pathetic. How dare u judge. My guess is u are scared to death of the Occupy as u know it is about to change. Get ready to share..........POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. ***Dude***

    Ya right,
    Don't hold your breath

    October 14, 2011 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. TvNYC

    We are all done!

    October 14, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Observer

    Protesting is a right – squatting on private property is not.

    October 14, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Seamus

    Sounds like passive just turned to active. Resist all you want and get it out of your systems. Since this is America nothing will change anyway. Soon everyone will be back to occupying their parents basements.

    October 14, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Walid

    Go ahead guys! We're supporting you.
    Jobs for all, jobs for youth!
    Actually, I do think that companies should recruit more so that we can decrease unemployment rate.
    But guys we should think more about entrepreneurship. I guess it's a serious option to create jobs for oneself but also for our peers.

    October 14, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. RuneCircle

    The protestors cleaned the park thoroughly last night.CNN's headline is misleading ...but what do you expect from corporate media–

    October 14, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    Looks good on your job resume...protester

    October 14, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. michaelfury

    "Freedom's untidy."

    – Donald Rumsfeld

    October 14, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    Well if it is private property why are they hawing public workers and equipment to clean it up? An when did the local governments take on the responsibility of taking care or private property in New York? Or do they only do it for corporate companies or all residents of New York? With the rest of the country struggling financially where did the city of New York get all that money to do this.

    October 14, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. ***Dude***

    The protesters need a specific cause. How about "made in america". No sense complaining about corporate if your buying china via your local walmart.

    October 14, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Well have not ever bought anything at walmart or sans. An do shop america right to my GM vehicles! !!

      October 14, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    I just saw on the news that the owners of the park decided to put off the cleanup, and I saw video that the protesters had started cleaning up the park.
    They have also hired a private garbage removal company.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. michaelfury

    October 14, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    I would think the private owners have given permission for OWS to be there...

    October 14, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. JennyK89

    This was a major victory for the protesters and shows that if the city had tried to evacuate the park, it would have been more than just about cleaning. Demonstrators stayed up all night cleaning the park for themselves. They were armed with mops and buckets of soap water, making sure the place was spotless so that when inspectors/officers came in the morning, they wouldn't have any complaints. Democracy Now! has actually been covering all of the developments in Zuccotti Park as they happen. They have live video of the site when news was given that the cleaning of site would be postponed–it's a really powerful video. Definitely check it out, along with all the other coverage on OWS they've got:

    October 14, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
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