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NYPD Moves On #Occupied Wall Street

Posted 12 years ago on April 16, 2012, 3:20 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

At 6AM this morning, NYPD -- including high ranking officials (white shirts) -- surrounded and raided the corner accross from the New York Stock Exchange where Occupiers have been sleeping on Wall Street. This police action appears to be in direct defiance of the 2000 decision Metropolitan Council Inc. v. Safir, which held "public sleeping as a means of symbolic expression" to be constitutionally-protected speech. Occupiers read text from the case to police as they were being removed. At least four people have been arrested and Occupiers are currently assembled on the steps of Federal Hall (which is under jurisdiction of National Parks police), where they are discussing whether or not to reject demands they submit to a daily permitting regime. Consensus at this point favors delaying until additional legal help arrives on scene. For the moment, National Parks police appear to be tolerating a limited Occupy presence on Federal Hall steps, but mass arrests may be imminent.

A motion for an emergency injunction against NYPD disruption of our sidewalk protests on Wall Street was reportedly filed this morning.

Watch on livestream above; follow @SleepOnWallSt.



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[-] 4 points by JadedGem (895) 12 years ago

If the trolls think this kind of thing is gonna inspire me to spend my hard-earned dollars on a pair of Spanks or any other junk product I can live without think again! If you are sitting at home, Get Mad, Get Creative, Get good at voting with your dollars!

[-] 3 points by ScotsBhoy7 (4) 12 years ago

Keep the faith guys, doing a great job!... The People versus @NewWrldOrder (Scotland, UK)

[-] 3 points by CalvlnLeman (3) 12 years ago

Government does not care about the Rule of Law.

[-] 2 points by louia (2) 12 years ago

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?

The powers that be have gained the whole world but what good is it?

OWS understands that. We are the people who will never give up our souls for the whole world. The powers that be may try to take our souls away and make us like them but we will not let that happen.

[-] 2 points by DCInsider (54) 12 years ago

Here is what frustrates me, I was reading this article on the gothamist this morning about Federal Hall. And it said the OWS group there was offered a permit on Monday night to protest by the US Park Police, but the group on the steps refused to accept it. The US Park Police even offered to waive the fee. Why did they refuse the permit? Now we know that eventually they are going to get evicted. But is the reason they refused the permit to ensure that they get evicted off Federal Hall? Its like they are inviting conflict so they can later decry their eviction that could have been avoided by getting a permit. http://gothamist.com/2012/04/18/nypd_barricades_federal_hall_for_ow.php#photo-1


[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 12 years ago

NYPD follow the rules??? They only do that on TV shows.

I hope someone got a video of this.

[-] 2 points by friendlyopposition (574) 12 years ago

This is copied and pasted from the conclusion of Metropolitan Council Inc. v. Safir

"This order concerns only plaintiff's planned vigil on the sidewalk abutting the northwestern corner of the intersection of East End Avenue and 88th Street between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. on June 14, 2000. The Court orders defendants not to interfere with this vigil, nor with individuals' participation in it, on account of participants assuming a prone position and/or sleeping, so long as the participants abide by the conditions to which plaintiff has previously stipulated. Those conditions are that at all times during the vigil plaintiff will provide at least two marshals who will remain awake and alert and who will ensure that the vigil (1) will occupy no more than a 7.5 foot wide swath of sidewalk extending from the sidewalk's edge furthest from the street and extending in length no more than 75 feet, (2) will not obstruct or impede access to the building entrances on East End Avenue and 88th Street, and (3) will consist of no more than 25 persons.

Nothing in this order shall be construed to limit defendants' authority to regulate the conduct of persons sleeping in public under other circumstances, nor their authority to pursue criminal sanctions against vigil participants subsequent to the vigil based on any Penal Law violations the City alleges arise from their sleeping or lying on the sidewalk during the vigil."

That should clear up some of the controversy over the police actions.

[-] 1 points by Babbles (1) 12 years ago

This case was for the specific date and event of this vigil. Parts can be applied to Occupy I guess but them claiming to have 30 or so people sleeping on the sidewalk still shows a fail on their part since this order clearly states the sleep in "will consist of NO MORE than 25 people".

[-] 1 points by DCInsider (54) 12 years ago

Ok I am not a lawyer, but I am confused now. Does this law give people the right to sleep on sidewalks or no? It seems very specific on location and time. I am just curious.

[-] 1 points by friendlyopposition (574) 12 years ago

I'm not a lawyer either, but this decision (it isn't a law) looks to me like it is very specific to this one event back in 2000. All of the sudden it popped up all over the internet, on a number of Occupy sites, as testimony against law enforcement who enforce 'no sleeping' laws on public areas. I don't think it really supports what some people think it does.


[-] 1 points by jimevanhoe1 (55) 12 years ago

Move ON Washington DC ............must come soon!

IT is time that we all reflect on the absolute failures of the:

President of the United States, Obama

The Congress, Pelosi Boehner and Reid

and Our Financial Institutions.

the Degree of Their Corruption is so blatant they use Distractions to cover up what should have been accomplished by now, by Government and Financial Institutions all across the USA.

their on going Disengagement from the Realities of the Majority:

Their Using these Distractions which include ......Women

saying the GOP will not stand with Women as do the Democrats,

this is as Old as the GOP on gay rights.....all of it.... is Old Politics....

It is pretty hard for anyone, Democrat or Republican to stand with an Economy that will not allow for the basics for the family or the individual and their needs of: Food, Shelter, Auto and Work.............millions have lost everything....................Let US Not Forget!

To be talking about a single group ......Women......is a deliberate Distraction by failed Democrats.

To be talking about Iran who doesn't have a Long Range Missile capability or even a long range Air Force....but does have a force that can be destroyed by the US Fleet and Saudi Arabia is just another Distraction by failed Republicans.........

We Must Get Back to the Over All Major Problem of the USA

Our Economy

The Failure of the GOP & The Democrats ...

they have put on to US, Our Families and Friends, their corruption and their failures to Govern.... themselves, Wall Street and Our Financial Institutions......

they will and are using Distractions...........to deliberately Distract

Until We solved the Corruption nothing else is important!

Throwing every last one of them out this November is KEY

............nothing will change..................unless WE do............

The 99% Women & Men working together NOW to unseat the Corruption in Washington DC Completely....Thoroughly!

Get everyone to register to Vote, that is not a Distraction, it is the KEY!

for Women or Men....................

The GOP & Democrats will ....... create any Distraction from the Truth!

That Truth......is their absolute Failure!

[-] 1 points by DowntownResident1 (1) 12 years ago

Just curious - what does sleeping on the streets in a residential neighborhood really achieve, aside for causing disruption for us individuals who are actually living there? Second and most important curiosity: why isn't the movement protesting more against the elected officials versus protesting against the corporations? Going after them would like do more good and achieve more.

[-] 1 points by Mark01 (82) 12 years ago

there was alot of energy and support on the steps of Federal Hall last night. We had a very big GA and sung songs. Much better than sleeping on the sidewalk

[-] 1 points by shane2345 (1) 12 years ago

I heard this guy John say something to the effect of "The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence" I thought this was very interesting.


[-] 0 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 12 years ago

Make sure all who are arrested are holding American Flags!!!! Let that be the visual!!!