NYC sit-in arrest figure revised downward
Occupy Wall Street protesters surge toward police at New York's Zuccotti Park on Thursday morning.
November 17th, 2011
08:54 PM ET

NYC sit-in arrest figure revised downward

[Updated at 8:53 p.m. ET] A total of 245 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators were arrested Thursday in New York, including 64 arrested during an early evening sit-in on Centre Street near Foley Square in lower Manhattan, a police spokesman said.

Earlier Thursday, New York police spokesman and protest organizers said that 99 people were arrested during the same sit-in. In fact, 64 were arrested - all of them wearing 99% t-shirts - in that incident.

[Updated at 6:54 p.m. ET] New York police arrested 99 more Occupy Wall Street protesters early Thursday evening, a high-ranking member of the city police department said. Earlier Thursday, police said 177 people had been arrested.

Occupy Wall Street organizers had said that 99 people were prepared to be sit down in a street and be arrested - a symbolic number, as the activists purport to represent the interests of 99% of the nation's population, as opposed to the wealthiest 1%.

[Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET] Several people have been charged with felonies in connection to incidents that have occurred at recent Occupy Denver protests, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey told CNN.

Two people were charged in connection to incidents that took place on November 13, and one was charged in connection to an incident on October 29. The felony charges include inciting a riot and second-degree assault on a peace officer.

News of the Denver charges came on a day that the Occupy movement has called its national "mass day of action", which has involved protests in several large U.S. cities, marking two months since the Occupy movement began in New York.

In New York on Thursday, 177 people were arrested during Occupy protests, and five police officers were injured when a liquid was thrown on their faces during confrontations with protesters, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

In Portland, Oregon, 25 people were arrested Thursday morning at the east end of the Steel Bridge, where Occupy Portland protesters were gathered, police Lt. Robert King said. All 25 were cited with disorderly conduct.

[Updated at 4:32 p.m. ET] The number of protesters arrested during "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations in New York on Thursday has reached 177, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Five police officers were injured when a liquid was thrown on their faces during confrontations with protesters, Kelly said. The officers experienced a burning on their faces, but were able to wash off the unknown substance at a nearby hospital.

Thursday was the occupy movement's national "mass day of action", marking two months since the movement began in New York. Hundreds of protesters participated in New York on Thursday - their first major show of strength since police evicted demonstrators from Zuccotti Park, where a court has said they may demonstrate but no longer camp out.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said "some protesters today deliberately pursued violence," but added that most were peaceful and have "caused minimal disruptions to our city."

Protesters in New York demonstrated Thursday morning at their former home base, while others marched toward the New York Stock Exchange. Other planned events in New York included "occupy the subways," a plan to gather at 16 hubs at 3 p.m.; and "take the square" at 5 p.m., a reference to Foley Square, across from City Hall. Organizers also plan a march across the Brooklyn Bridge after the gathering at Foley Square.

Clashes between protesters and police happened Thursday at Zuccotti Park - where demonstrators were trying to lift barricades - and on a street in Lower Manhattan.

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[Updated at 3 p.m. ET] About 175 Occupy Wall Street protesters have been arrested in New York on Thursday, a day that demonstrators have called a national "mass day of action", New York police said.

Seven New York police officers have been injured during clashes with protesters, police spokesman Paul Browne said.

Demonstrations in New York and other U.S. cities, such as Los Angeles, Dallas and Portland, Oregon, were marking two months since the movement began in New York.

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[Updated at 2:40 p.m. ET] Demonstrators and police clashed on a street in Lower Manhattan on Thursday afternoon, according to CNN producer Brian Vitagliano, who was at the scene. Four ambulances and a separate emergency response vehicle responded to the incident.

[Updated at 1:54 p.m. ET] Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and police have scuffled again Thursday in New York's Zuccotti Park, where waves of protesters faced off against columns of police in and around the Lower Manhattan park.

Thursday afternoon's scuffling - following a morning confrontation at the park - came as police attempted to put up metal barricades.

Protesters had lifted metal barricades in the morning, defying authorities and blocking traffic

[Updated at 1:34 p.m. ET] Twenty-five people have been arrested at an Occupy protest in Los Angeles on Thursday morning, police Officer Rosario Herrera tells CNN.

The arrests came on what Occupy Wall Street protesters are calling a national "mass day of action" meant to mark two months since the movement began.

In Los Angeles, two people were arrested on suspicion of interfering with police officers, and 23 people were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly.

A heavy police presence also he been put in place in New York, where about 75 protester arrests were reported Thursday morning; Dallas; and Portland, Oregon.

In Dallas, CNN affiliate WFAA broadcast images of police sweeping through city squares where protesters had been gathering and camping. In Portland, protesters' plans for Thursday include "occupy banks." "Let's shut them down!" the organizing website says.

Large groups of demonstrators gathered in front of Portalnd's downtown hotels, carrying placards and chanting, "We are the 99%."

[Updated at 11:52 a.m. ET] New York police have arrested about 75 demonstrators Thursday, many of whom were detained on streets near the New York Stock Exchange, authorities say.

The arrests came on what Occupy Wall Street protesters are calling a national "mass day of action" meant to mark two months since the movement began. The "mass day of action" also comes two days after police temporarily evicted protesters from New York's Zuccotti Park and a court order prohibited demonstrators from camping there.

On Thursday morning, protesters had gathered outside the New York Stock Exchange, where some had said they hoped to disrupt the opening bell. But security was tight, and the stock exchange opened as scheduled.

Residents and employees are using identification cards and badges to access Wall Street areas near the Exchange, as police have erected barricades around the area, said police spokesman Paul Browne.

[Initial post, 11:26 a.m. ET] Occupy Wall Street demonstrators lifted metal barricades at Zuccotti Park in New York Thursday, as police scuffled with hundreds of protesters swarming the Lower Manhattan park.

The crowd, having tried to remove the barricades from some places at the park, could be seen surging forward against and standing face-to-face with a large police presence.

By late Thursday morning, authorities had arrested up to 60 demonstrators in New York, police spokesperson Paul Browne said.

Police say at least four police officers were rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital after an unidentified liquid was thrown at them

soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Martin

    As soon as u put your foot in your mouth and let the revolution take it's course

    November 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Martin

    Mr barnaby jones this is for u
    I served this country and I am black so for u to post and say that the police to arrest all the blacks just shows how low your IQ really is and now to not keep your racism to your self u have just showed the entire world that barnaby has no intelligence what so ever. And last time I checked I didn't see many blacks on the street. We all know what happen last time more than 5 black got together. We changed the world as the occupy revolution will do the same so I hope u r not a millionaire. Just relax the tax cut won't touch your trust fund

    November 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      U r probably 5 should u be in school

      November 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nini

    As always CNN is protecting the left.

    If you like to live in a socialist country why don’t move? Leave the America and capitalism to us who LOVE it.

    Over my dead body you can over trough this government and there is plenty like me. News for you we are the silent majority and nothing can stop us.

    No go sleet in tents and urinate in the streets all you want. Get a life.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • herbert williams

      Your a weak minded fool who would have made a great stormtrooper in Nazi Germany! 😉

      November 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Spoken like a true ignoramus right from their personal ivory tower! I guess that this nonsense will continue!!!

      November 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      To avoid any confusion here, herbert, I was talking about Nini above. With you, I totally agree!

      November 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    I can not believe how biased the reporting on CNN has been. Why don't you just say that you are all for the Wall Street crowd and against any protest. Talk about one sided reporting. The video clearly shows the police dragging a woman accross the street, yet your commentator chose to talk about what she might have done, not the over reation of the police. Leave it to Major Bloomberg and the NYCPD to overreact.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Well said, Mike. Thank you.

      November 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong...

      Whatever, Mike...Your peaceful protest is awfully violent. You guys won't be happy until someone ends up getting maimed or killed, just like Oakland. Then you will have no one to blame but yourselves.

      November 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    I support the OWS Movement 100%. Hopefully they may help bring about the severely needed changes in this country . I mean, how things in Washington get done. First, we need to get out of all these obnoxious wars overseas and second to deeply cut out all this excessive and needless military spending. Then we need to get the right-wing news media to quit trying to scare us over enemies who don't exist at the behest of the MIC(military-industrial-complex) so that this corruption can continue! And finally, make the wealthy pay their share of the taxes!

    November 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Movements are born to move, fed by spirit & resolve. Efforts to crush them adds to the resolve if the spirit is kept alive.
    I just hope this movement doesn't turn violent. So far we have seen protesters remaining peaceful.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. matters123456

    Shut down the stock exchange? Really? Oh yeah I'm sure the computer trading algorithms will be really upset by the protesting.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Capitalism at its worst?

    @ George Patton

    Rightly said.
    When this country is saddled withe the likes of aspiring leaders in the mould of Romney who is prepared to attack Iran even before he is elected, Gingrich, Cain, Bachmann etc. Having no clue as to the shifting global realities, balance of power, collasping world economy\. Lacking in vision, intellect and statesmanship. A movement to effect a change in the socio-political thought process & mindset is needed & becomes inevitable.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. herbert williams

    It won't let me leave my amazing comment against CNN and the one percent. How ironic lol

    November 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    I think it is hillarious that yesturday CNN and all the other major news outlets were saying that the protests were over. That they cleared the squares nationwide, and here we are again this morning, and it is still happening. What is up with the news coverage of this story? You aren't supposed to "call" the news. You are supposed to "report" the news. Coverage of this has been lousy so far, and you aren't doing your jobs guys.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • agreed

      Yes, and now CNN is broadcasting anything they can to depict the movement as a bunch of trouble makers to discredit it. People are fed up with the corruption and imbalance of power in this country, the government is doing nothing to solve the problem so the people are "acting up" for change... when a government no longer represents the people and can no longer function to make change people need to demand it, and they are just starting to. CNN should be ashamed of itself for missing the larger story.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. herbert williams

    Pt 1: First of all I am sick and tired of hearing the the ows movement is trying to hurt the other 99 percent by shutting down the subways. If CNN would remove its head out of its ass and listen for once then they would know that ows is merely going to relate its purpose to any citizens who will listen during their subway protest. They aren't stopping anything. Also, they were defending the police about dragging a girl across the ground because it wasn't her hair, only her back pack. But why the hell was anyone peaceful being dragged in the first place?

    November 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweet_genius1

      CNN can't pull its head out of its a$$ because they couldn't handle the fresh air.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. vkmo

    I am surprised nobody is doing Occupy Walmart. Wall Street icon Walmart is the biggest beneficiary of china's fraudulently set exchange rate with the US dollar. Walmart knowingly took advantage of this and benefited immensely. Walmart has devastated American manufacturing and is now deceitfully reducing needed benefits to its employees in USA. Black Friday is get rich Friday for Walmart- thru devious imports. And that hurts USA... hurt... hurt ... hurt. Buy things made in America – support American jobs. Change Sam Walton's name to Sum-ting Wong.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Not too much stuff is made here. So how's Walmart or Best Buy gonna sell it?

      November 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • vkmo

      @Portland tony – Walmart (the biggest importer in the whole world) helped set up manufacturing in communist red china. Previously USA's production partner was Mexico, and USA never had any problem with them. But note– china's currency exchange rate is fake (it's not free floating like other currencies). It's set deliberately to US dollar at a rate that china's products appear cheap to USA and the world. Now you will understand why Europe, US are having a recession!!

      November 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. umm sure

    so you are reporting the man who was hit in the head with the police baton was throwing lit cigarettes at the cops? Well FACT he kicked a flipping fence, since when is it illegal to kick a flipping fence? Wait it's not, call this what it is a POLICE STATE... I know you all work for that 1% so you must report the "facts" as dictated by them. Instead of the actual TRUTH.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong...

      Did he own the fence? Was it his to kick? Or was it a violent attack on someone else's property. If I kick your iPod, isn't that assault?

      November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TypicalOWSGuy

    If you want to know what most of us really want, go to lasvegatimes. info

    That will give you an idea of what the press has not covered.We the People have TRIED to get the attention of our government in other ways but they are owned by Wall Street and the Fortune 500. Why would they listen to us? We don't want to end capitalism, we want to end the Corporatacracy and return to a Democratic Republic. We want to get the bailout money back and break up any company that doesn't do so. We want to repeal Gramm Leach Bliley. We want to reverse Citizen's United. We want to quit giving billions to the corrupt politicians of OTHER countries while the citizens of OURS starve and go without health care. I could go on but this gives you an idea what you don't see in the MSM.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. local resident

    what these protesters don't get is this: we, the local residents and people who work down here....GOT THROUGH 9/11! We will get through anything these jerks try to throw at us! I've lived with them banging on drums outside my window all night and defecating all over the place for months....but they can't break us. We've been through FAR FAR worse.

    So, all I can say is: BRING IT ON! Thank god, we have the NYPD protecting us from your riots, you invading jerks who are intent on destroying our neighborhood! And thank god, the will of the people (the REAL 99%) can't be broken by some slacker college kids and other marxist losers who are too lazy to work as hard as we do....

    November 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
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