Over 700 Protesters Arrested On Brooklyn Bridge … Claim Entrapment

More Than 700 Arrested

Associated Press reports:

More than 700 protesters demonstrating against corporate greed, global warming and social inequality, among other grievances, were arrested Saturday after they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours in a tense confrontation with police.

Some of the protesters claim they were entrapped, but the police deny this allegation. As AP notes:

Some of the protesters said they were lured onto the roadway by police, or they didn’t hear the calls from authorities to head to the pedestrian walkway. Police said no one was tricked into being arrested, and those in the back of the group who couldn’t hear were allowed to leave.

“Multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway and that if they took roadway they would be arrested,” said Paul Browne, the chief spokesman of the New York Police Department.

They point to videos of police allegedly “leading” protesters onto the roadway:

(More here.)

Harrassment of Journalists?

There are also reports that police arrested the people running the livestream feed of the protests. While this may fit with the theme of police harassing journalists, we cannot yet confirm this particular story.

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  • Good for them, exactly what this country needs. Too bad the police couldn’t join in the protest that surely would have made a statement to those Wall Street bankers.

  • Jeff

    It’s a pretty bad strategy to herd yourselves, or allow yourselves to be herded, onto a narrow bridge where movement on and off can be controlled.

  • PrissyPatriot

    Wondering why NYPD is failing to serve and protect protestors right to freedom of speech? Wonder no longer-they’ll wonder, of course, if they are replaced by private police forces. Shame on them for not beating down the door of their union to put an end to this. Hat tip to Justice League blogger:

    New York City Police Foundation — New York

    JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD’s main data center.

    New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sent CEO and Chairman Jamie Dimon a note expressing “profound gratitude” for the company’s donation.

    “These officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” Dimon said. “We’re incredibly proud to help them build this program and let them know how much we value their hard work.”

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  • person

    As a former criminal defense attorney, and as someone who helped on the legal team(s) during the protests in NYC against the Republican National Convention, I remember this tactic being used by the NYPD. They know people trust the police. They tell you to do something while you’re marching in the streets. They say it in a way that comes off as a friendly suggestion. People think, “Oh that was nice of the police to facilitate this protests.” Maybe they tell you or suggest that you turn a certain corner. You turn the corner and get arrested with all your friends. That simple.