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. Pro tester @banasy

    Again, you are focusing on the protesters in various and sundry ways, but have yet to focus your attention on helping us understand what they are protesting about. Surely you remember the countless times over the past year where I have repeatadly pointed-out that our government has NEVER allowed us to see the results of ANY audit of the "federal reserve" located here in the USA.. If it gives you a headache linking the Fed with Wall Street, try taking BAYERN brand aspirin.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • OWStreeter

      Again, you are focusing on banasy. Why?

      October 14, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      No she's not, Philip! You're focusing on HER!! Quit pretending you even care about Wall Street, when all you want to do is talk about what is important to YOU!!!! As if bayer aspirin has anything to do with anything else....or Nazis for that matter!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. SARGE

    We should at the very least turn the fire hoses on them. They are nothing but dirty lice infested long haired hippies.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. SARGE

    No one cares about these potheads have to say.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jj

    They cleaned the park? wonderful news! my toilet needs cleaning! the unions will clean it for 60 bucks an hour

    October 14, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pro tester

    One fact many do not realize is that human feces is natures miracle food. When blended with milk it makes a fine protien shake. I urge all fellow protesters to try this great energy drink.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      He's full of it, all right!!!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pro Tester (how "it" happened) pg. 4

    to remind everyone, "it" stands for the way we American's focus on our differences these days. Observe how these protesters are being spat-upon by their fellow Americans. Colorado's stupid governor even had to consult with lawyers yesterday to make sure his planned arresting of protesters is now legal. Even the governor of Colorado himself focuses on protesters, but has not one single word to say concerning wht their gripe is. The way people focus on each others differences is alarming. (refer to the differences in skin color) And it didn't just happen to US overnight. It began happening to US when we began taking drugs that were invented in NAZI Germany and used to dumb-down the German peoples to accept Adolph Hitler, who was drugged right along with them by the real men who rule this world: The men running the BIS bank in Basel, Switzerland, headquarters of all of the world's federal reserves.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Another interesting comment. Please post your link.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      HAVEN'T YOU AREAD ANYTHING ELSE BUT YOUR OWN WORDS???? There have been plenty of people telling you what their protesting about, you haven't even looked! Google it, why don't're so keen on telling everyone else to do that!!!!! You message is only understandable to yourself. Oh, and your message of hate towards banasy, of course. we ALL understand that!!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    philip, philip. philip! what is this OBSESSION you have with banasy? Each and every time you start posting you knitpick her to death! Wassup with you dude? You should really get another hobbie, else you know who may start to get jealous lmao

    October 14, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • OWStreeter

      He DOES seem a

      October 14, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. J

    Curious as to the writing of this story... What happened to "Suspect" and "Alleged" in objective journalism? CNN is reporting "criminal activity" as if it did happen, people have been found guilty, and sentenced to some form of punishment. What if it is all reported and false? I don't know that it is or isn't true, but to assume those being arrested are guilty of a crime is in itself criminal reporting.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pro tester

    mmmmmm doooodooooo

    October 14, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. @troll of Pro Tester

    actually, human fecis is natures fertilizer. But for poop to be metabolized by the earth, it must have a certain flatworms eggs hatching-out of the dung once it hit's the ground, rather than hatching-out inside of our own bodies, causing "cancer".

    October 14, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      That's an interesting comment. Pleas post a link where I can see where you get that. Thank you.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      Who eats the flatworms? Duhhhhhh! You ARE full of it!

      October 14, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    I don't think this will spread much to other cities. I thought about occupying Jasper Avenue, but it doesn't have the same ring.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • OWStreeter

      I 've read your commets're hilarious!

      October 14, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pro Tester

    I likeses me a doooodooooo miiilkshake. It gives me pro test energy.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    and jessica...what country are you from for real? beheading?? really? thats almost the dumbest thing ive heard in here to date!

    October 14, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. @troll of Pro Tester

    Prior to WW2, if you went to your doctor complaining of depression he didn't prescribe mind-altering medications. That began happening when NAZI chemists and pharmacists were brought back to America after the war. These mind-altering meds even deform babies. And they have deformed America's way of thinking since WW2. Before WW2, you would be hard-pressed to find Americans who were willing to make a bortion and sodomy legal. Now, the twisted minds are everywhere, focusing on people rather than on principles. 🙂 off to work. hagd. Thanx for reading my rant.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      What? You just cut and run when somebody askes you questions about what you're alledging? Really? Not answering questions is a sign of a troll. which I assume you are. Have a nice day yourself. Sorry I wasted my time on your rant.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      bye bye now. I'll be checking in later to see if you posted any more garbage.

      October 14, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ philip:
    It is what you are saying that leads others to focus on your reasons for saying a number of the things that you say.
    Honestly, I wish that you would consider others' impression that your thinking is distorted at this time.
    Please consider any drugs that you may be taking.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      I get the feeling he will not liste. I get the feeling that he never did.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
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