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. John

    Dear Humanity,

    Lets view this from a spiritual side. A band of millionaires stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge Congress to tax them more. Occupy Wall Street for 2 months now. Seems to me, as a species(under our current system at least) we are starting to come together. We want equality and justice for all. We want to be one. I do not know what the future holds, but I know that. Look at it this way if you were to map out a scale of unity for our species, you would see an exercise in futility. Our desire maybe there more than ever, but until we find a way to live without using money for the exchange for goods and services, we will only be one iin spirit, not in actuality. "Find a way" , I think is represented by the Mayans- showing a man holding up & open – The Book of Life with the pages being blank meaning Man will have to write his own destiny.

    What are we waiting for? It is time for some assemblance of heaven on earth.
    If you are religious, I think God would support our efforts.
    Seeing what is going on in the world today, I know your neighbor will.

    Now imagine a world without money. Now imagine a plan comprised of 7 billion organized inhabitants of earth
    to make it happen. Not easy is it.

    Hopefully if anything, we will not screw up what we
    do have. That should be our minimal goal.
    That I can Imagine.


    November 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TheVoice

    This is what needs to happen. For too long, the world has been left for the 1% to do with as they will, to corrupt and to destroy. How is it right that some families in modern civilisation cannot even afford to buy food or pay bills while the 1% enjoy luxurious holidays on six-figure salaries every year? Where is the morality in that? However, despite the actions taken by the police, they fail to realise that an idea cannot be arrested. It can not be silenced. It cannot be stopped.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mongoose

    Throw them all in a concentration camp.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong...

      idiotic, offensive response...Thx, but no thanks.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. herbert williams

    CNN just said they are going to hear the law enforcement's perspective. Lmao, isn't that all they have heard and talked about all day? Lmao. They talk about no police brutality only scary peacefulness of the occupiers Lmao, get real CNN. Atop supporting the one percent. Now there blaming social media Lmao

    November 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. herbert williams

    They keep showing this retired bald tool detective on CNN. He just admitted that law enforcement is undercover on all social media networks checking up on the movement. He was probably one of the masked cops posing as protesters slashing cop car tires Lmao. Get a real job and stop sucking the 1%'s Dick

    November 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Perk

    Van Morrison....."Higher Ground" and go peacefully ! Hope the Super Committee is on the money for the 99% and the million aires are begging to be taxed.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mckkitty

    Reading the majority of these comments, it's no wonder why this country is so screwed up. OWS is nothing more than a dirty pack of animals who defacate in the streets, cost taxpayers millions of dollars, destroy private property and hurt honest business people trying to make an honest living.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mcpity

    Keep slurping down the 1% kool-ade, mckitty.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong...

      UGH, I had a mental picture of what you have been slurping. LOL

      November 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. OWS Supporter

    Keep up the GREAT Work OWS !! Between OWS and the Millionaires that have asked Congress to raise their taxes, maybe we can finally get this nation on the right path to move forward !! DOWN WITH THE RIGHT-WING NUT-JOB RADICAL EXTREMISTS THAT CALL THEMSELVES THE TEA PARTY !! DOWN WITH THE GRAND OL' PLUNDERERS (GOP) THAT LIKE TO SHELL OUT TRILLIONS OF $$$$ ON UNJUST WARS AND LATER CRY ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S "BLANK CHECK..." !!!! OBAMA / BIDEN IN 2012 !!!!

    November 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong...

      What are you babbling about? "Occupy WALL STREET" OWS OWS OWS. IF you have a problem with Washington, TAKE IT TO WASHINGTON... Obama and the Democrat party has made everything worse, they had the House, Senate, and Executive branch for 2 years and gave a bunch of money to corporations and banks...almost twice as much as Bush. Good luck selling Obama in 2012 to this crowd, lol. If you do manage to succeed, it will only prove to be cows to the slaughter.

      November 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO

    7 officers injured? Vicious bunch, aren't they. I thought they were peaceful protesters.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fateh

      Yea, really vicious. Maybe they hurt themselves breaking this guys head in.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. john dahodi

    The best way out for the occupy wall street protesters is to organize the movement using following steps: (i)Should have central organization with at least 20 office bearers of good standing and clean honest career including President Carter, George Sorros, Buffet and so on; (ii) Divide the groups based on their grievances like homeless, mortgage foreclosures, unemployed, medical issues, graduates unemployed, unemployed... due to outsource, large bank greediness, stock market greediness, political corruption, lobbies terrors, capitalists greediness; millionaires greediness and so many others (iii) each specified group should be directed to join hands together and stage demonstration during the working hours at location of their head offices through out America on daily basis. The protesters can meet at the central place but divide in groups to demonstrate at different locations peacefully keeping good manner and following rules and regulation using non-violence means distributing and shouting meaningful slogans and hand over write-up to the media, press and who ever is visiting these buildings. Unless the movement is planed and projected in a organized way, nothing will happen. The 1% interested party is waiting for the early demise of the movement. They think it is almost at the last stage and burial is closer than they thought.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong...

      Wow, Maybe some intelligence seeps out from the crowd. I will hold judgement for now.

      November 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    How many did those 7 injure before being injured themselves?

    November 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong...

      hmm, maybe none. As everything I have seen, protesters that *obey the law* and exercise non-violent free speech don't get messed with. Those who get violent or disrespect private property get a lesson in karma.

      November 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Harvey

    Laudable to be concerned about the impact of the worldwide recession on middle and less fortunate Americans. But, I believe Occupy does not represent main stream Americans who have benefited greatly from their successes "over time" from working within the U.S. economy, including investments in U.S Business.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong...

      Well stated, Harvey.

      November 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Investments in business' that would be corporate US. Not many regular working Joes have investments in busineses.

      November 18, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. CampusCop

    Oh, good. Now they have charges of battery on an officer(s) on them. Hit a cop, you pay. Simple as that.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      Hit a cop, you pay.

      Cop hits you, fires at you with a rubber bullet, launches a flash grenade at you, pepper sprays your groin....
      no justice.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bigwilliestyles

    Some of you reactionaries are the reason most popular movements that succeed are followed by 'cultural revolutions' that meet out to you that very same violence that you are so cavalier about wanting for the protesters; take care.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
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