November 15th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

Judge orders New York to allow protesters, tents, in park

[Updated at 10:20 p.m. ET] A New York judge issued an order Tuesday morning allowing Occupy Wall Street protesters to return to Zuccotti Park, just hours after scores of police in riot gear ordered them out and tore down their tents.

The order from New York Supreme Court Judge Lucy Billings allows protesters to bring tents and other equipment back into the privately-owned park where the now-global Occupy movement began.

City officials had intended to allow protests to resume at the park, but said they would not allow demonstrators to set up tents or camp. The park will remain closed until officials sort out the legal situation, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

"We have an obligation to enforce the laws today, to make sure that everybody has access to the park so everybody can protest. That's the First Amendment and it's number one on our minds," he said. "We also have a similar, just as important obligation to protect the health and safety of the people in the park."

A hearing was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET to discuss the order.

[Posted at 4:37 a.m. ET] Police in full riot gear moved in to New York's Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, threatening to arrest anyone who didn't evict the site that protesters have occupied for almost two months.

Dozens of protesters linked arms, defying the police and chanting "Whose park? Our park" and "You don't have to do this."

Police arrested at least 14 people, said Kanene Holder, a spokeswoman for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The New York Police Department would not comment on what prompted the eviction. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office said the move is temporary.

"Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. Protestors can return after the Park is cleared," the mayor's office said in a tweet at 1:34 a.m.

About 10 minutes later, the eviction had begun.

The group's website video streamed the eviction under a banner headline that read, "NYPD is raiding Liberty Square." Liberty Square is the former name of the park.

While many protesters left without resisting, many others moved to the center of the park to an area known as the kitchen. There, they built barricades with tables to keep police away.

The air was thick with smoke, which some protesters said was from teargas that officers lobbed.

Others said officers took thousands of books from the camp's makeshift library and tossed them in Dumpsters.

"In an immense show of force, police have shown their presence," Holder said. "I've seen how agitated the police are, and some pushing and shoving to remove us."

CNN could not immediately confirm those accounts, as police kept journalists a block and a half away from the park during their ra

soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Scottish Mama

    I think you being an independent stems from the too right and the too left, and too much gridlock.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    @ moma Sorry but I agree to disagree but hows the weather there cant hang around 4 the answer gots to work bye luv ya moms

    November 15, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    (actions of the government, above)

    November 15, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    @Gung what do you disagree about? and the weather is good here, about in the 60 to 70 range today, with it falling to the 50day/ 30 nights for 2 days and back into the 60/40s during the weekend.Smiley face here

    November 15, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    @JIF you mean occupy?

    November 15, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    @JIF or jamming the posts?

    November 15, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    Book burning where did that happen before?

    November 15, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Scottish Mama:
    It's true: Democrats and Republicans used to be much closer.
    Also, everybody was much better educated when I was young, except those who at least knew that they weren't educated.
    I couldn't believe how poorly young nurses in the hospital thought–and BTW, how many of them were overweight. (Where's Philip?)

    November 15, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    @JIF- trouble maker.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Scottish Mama,
    I didn't understand your "occupy" question.
    My correction was a badly typed sentence at 11:17.
    By "mess," I mean our economy, and beneath that our citizens' expectations and work ethic in a stew that took almost a century to prepare.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    @JIF-You would have to ask one of the professional Philip spotters.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    @JIF-True taht it was a century in the making. But do we have enough intelligent people to fix it?

    November 15, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama

    @JIF- I thought your "actions of Government above"was in regard to the occupy story. neevvver mind.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    We have seen the know the rest.
    Our politicians? I think they're just trying to make a living and be sure that they leave good monuments to themselves.
    Decades ago, politicians were not AS bad.
    Now I choose Obama as the best deal available.
    I know that OWS states, in pieces, what it thinks it wants, but I don't think those demonstrators have a clue about what's wrong.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    I think if we can get people in to help Obama he is intelligent enough to help us along and get us thru this. I think he may be a lone wolf in our government though.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
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