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. banasyc

    Convenient amnesia at work here, again...nothing said about the heads being bashed in, the barricades being pushed further and further when the protesters push back, it's "civil disobedience"...
    Yeah there *are* two sides to every story; wish some could se that instead of the blanket misconceptions people like to throw about.
    Freedom of speech is a precious thing, lest we forget that.

    November 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong....

      the fact that the protesters actions are aggressive puts the onus on them. They are there to break the law and impede on other's rights. That is what earns the "civil disobedience" tag. Police would react the same to anyone doing what they are doing.

      November 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mardi Gras

      They are not there to break the law; that you think so just shows how narrow yout thought patterns are.

      November 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Okay, I'm all for the OWS, but if those few protesters don't stop throwings at the police and don't stop their assault on the police, it is going to cause credibility issues that the rest of the actual *peaceful* protesters are striving for.
    I condemn the actions of these few; they are hurting the movement immeasurably!
    The police, by and large, are doing the jobs they are paid to do, and they are, by and large, on the side of OWS.
    Don't complicate the message, people!

    November 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prove me wrong....

      And what is that message? You let me know when you have figured that out...I'd like to see to it that the "unified goal" of this protest is addressed so everyone can go home. I'll do you a solid and give you 2. Everybody come to agreement on 2 things and I would probably throw my support behind it. The reason the frustration level is so high with this crowd is that they are upset about so many things that they "can't produce" a realistic outcome. To stop Greed? Yeah good luck there.

      November 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mardi Gras

      Yep, you're just here to disagree. Nothing more.

      November 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wiseold snail

    where's the live feed, eh cnn?

    November 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mr. Consideration for Thought

    If Occupy Wall Street wants to send a clear and loud message to the nation, they shoud enourage a "NO CHRISTMAS BUYING" season this holiday. Nothing would put more pressure on buisinesses to contact poilticos and Congress. With every business hoping and praying that this season will be happy news for their bottom lines, NOT allowing yourself to be manipulated by all the happy smiling faces to buy, buy, buy this holiday season will be massively felt.

    After, it the FAT CATs who own the banks, the stores, and all the businesses who depend so dearly on the consumer class to afford their nice homes, vacations, and cars. You want to throw a stumbling block into the engine of the economy that will resound around the globe...this is the way to go.

    And afterall, the holidays are about being with friends and family, it has nothing to do with buying gifts. Save your money, DON'T BUY, have national "NO BUY CHRISTMAS" but just make the message clear: this is not retaliation, this is instead: NO EQUALITY=NO JOBS=NO MONEY FOR THE CONSUMER CLASS TO BUY STUFF=YOUR BUSINESS SUFFERS=GET CONGRESS TO ACT NOW.

    November 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @Prove me wrong:
    Here are three of the goals:

    1) End corporate influence over Washington

    2) Reinstate banking regulations repealed by the Republican written Gramm/Leech/Bliley bill

    3) End corporate tax cuts and loopholes.

    I assume we have your support now, right?

    You may read their goals and declarations here:

    November 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brandt Hardin

    Every time you lock up a protester, it exemplifies and exposes the police state which we live in here in America. Police brutality is running rampant under orders from Governors who have their pockets lined with Wall Street and Special Interest monies. Stand up and lend your voice to the global protest with the information sources and art listed on my artist’s blog at

    November 17, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kennspace

    President Obama said; "Failure is not an option". I agree with him, except he failed to complete that sentence, I say; "Failure is not an option, failure is a given".

    Capitalize On This Occupation

    Too big to fail;

    Is failing.

    Too big to fail;

    Is not success.

    Too big to fail;

    is a failure literalized.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Spam-A-Lot

    kennspace is:

    Spamming for himself

    Don't read his crap

    Too dumb for words

    Failure personified

    November 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. elenore

    I protested Wall street when,I use a Credit Union,Never have had a Credit Card,Never had any loans,everything paid in cash.Try to buy handmade and used goods when possible,then money it goes into an Americans pocket and not a Corporation using slave labor and more environmental poison.Starve Wall street of money.

    November 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    (sung like the jingle 99 bottles of beer on the wall)
    99 protesters sit on a wall. 99 protesters sit.
    If one of the protesters should happen fall....98 protesters sit on a wall.

    November 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Beautiful music, Jeff Frank.
    Now cut to the coda.

    November 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

      Joey, someday I'll tell you the story about my music days, when I got the opportunity to go on the road with Spike Jones Jr.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Wait a minute, wait a minute...
    What kind of beer are we talking about replacing..?

    November 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hey retarders

    Why dont u people stop spending money on sports and entertainment. Then things wouldnt be this way. You need 2 take a step back and take a look at why all the corporations and and industries that did well this year did so. If u really want 2 stick it 2 corporate america, DO NOT GO SHOPPING ON BLACK FRIDAY! Trust me they will be the ones paying 4 it. And btw, the police are there 2 make money 4 the magistrate and commonwealth of their state. Theyre not interested in ur opinion. They are there 2 make money as well. This, my reetarded friends, is an oppurtunity for the south 2 rise again. Apparently history has repeated itself.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. warfire911

    Whose speech will win, those who sit behind closed doors and let their money speak for them (thanks to the scotus), or the people who speak as people do?

    November 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pedro

    The Rich will all look down on the poor of this great country! The middle class will always kiss the butts of the Rich, shut their damn mouths and just be glad you can still afford to pay forth problems of this country. Hell, the Rich will always keep the middle class employed while taking damn near 2/3rd of their salary evey payday. This what keeps the Rich, Rich and the poor in check. A big circle of money flow that always end up in the pockets of the Rich. The poor must spend the middle class dollars that flow right back into the pockets of the rich. So what! It came out of the rich pockets to starts they just want it back. The middle class must spend the balance of the 1/3 of their salary they have left, to put bread on the table for their family. The Rich love this, is asures the them with this current economy, they have no worry about any middle class person, becoming rich. Far as the poor person goes. Now, you are a damn fool if you think the rich person truly care about you.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
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