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Nice Cops Escort Protesters Onto Brooklyn Bridge, Then Arrest Them All

More than 700 evil hippies (including two 14-year-old girls and a New York Times reporter!) were arrested Saturday afternoon, after the New York Police Department escorted protesters onto the Brooklyn Bridge and then wrapped everyone in orange Freedom Netting. The cops claim they warned people not to march on the roadway, but the above YouTube movie shows them happily leading protesters across the bridge, just like in the classic WWII romantic comedy The Bridge on the River Kwai (before the bridge blows up and everyone gets murdered in the jungle). Your Occupy Wall Street correspondent was not physically present during this madness, but we’ll be hauled off to prison soon enough.

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      1. horsedreamer_1

        Thurston Moore is going to play, instead. He'll blow the traders's minds with eighty minutes of his guitar feeding back.

    1. PalinzADummy

      NEVER trust the police. Their job is to arrest y'all and throw your asses in jail. Be nice to them, be respectful and obliging as you need to be to avoid getting the shit beat out of you, but TELL THEM NOTHING. Their job is to get you to trust them and talk, and then to use that information against you. Never forget that.

      1. riverside68

        Well said PalinzADummy.

        The only thing I would add is that police always have the absolute power to put your ass in jail anytime they feel like it. The process is the punishment.

        Unless you are a higher ranking officer, or the Mayor, THE POLICE ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND. They may or may not help you out on occasion,and give directions, some are, in fact, nice, well meaning, honest people, but they are armed and dangerous and should always be treated as such.

  1. Pres.Libunatic

    This is the equivalent of cops screaming at a suspect to STOP RESISTING! as he tries to put his hands behind his back, and then arresting him for Resisting Arrest. I.e., stupid fucking cop tricks. Bet the Fructose-American cops on Officer.com are just loving this.

    1. Radiodead

      True story, we were playing a party gig in high school at a farm. The cops come during a band called Neurotic's set, the OG metal jazz band. Anyway, the cops are fucking with one of the band members, and they say, "you're under arrest." Kid says, "for what?"
      Cops say, "for resisting arrest." We caught it on the sound board and I still have it on tape.

      1. Geminisunmars

        And —- then what happened? Charges thrown out? A riot? Was your tape used as evidence? Charges of false arrest brought? Anything?

  2. hollywooddood

    This is not a bad thing. Ghandi's strategy to fill up the jails and clog the system was quite effective.

    1. zhubajie

      Why do you think our fearless leaders have imported the PRC court system as an alternative? You don't think it just for *foreigners* do you?

  3. memzilla

    Well done, Riley! You are so getting laid out of this.

    [We learned from the ol' MOBE demonstrations that sex can take the sting out of the tear gas and mace spray.]

      1. riverside68

        It is an old acupuncture trick

        If you overwhelm the nervous system with competing sensory imputs it breaks down and usually just tracks the strongest signal. (Sexual stimulation is, of course the strongest signal of all.)

        Feel free to use that line Riley, as the cons say people only believe what they want to believe, but when they want to believe something anything at all will work.

    1. BlueStateLibel

      Bloomberg News just broke their Koch story, so David and the other one are going to have a lot of 'splaining to do. Not an especially good week for plutocrats.

    2. Rotundo_

      That's okay, considering the shitstorm that the Bloomberg piece is going to uncork, it probably won't make much difference. Dave and Charlie musta pissed da mayor off something awful to drop a Sunday evening bomb like they did. They really do come off looking even worse than one might imagine.

    1. donner_froh

      ACORN with a working class base/membership makes them so much harder to fuck with. O’Keefe might find himself head down in a 55 gallon drum of used grease if he tried to scam the SEIU.

      1. Geminisunmars

        Well, he's arrogant enough to try it. We can only hope he does. And that the camera is rolling. (Ooops. I forgot my vow of non-violence. Oh well.)

    2. James Michael Curley

      SEIU was the old ACORN before the old ACORN became the new ACORN – ask Babba O'Riely

    1. BlueStateLibel

      So you've officially come out against American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights? I think you would be happier in someone place like China, why don't you go there.

      1. Troubledog

        Which rights are those again? Please, in your reply, criticize me aggressively and at some length, if you don't mind.

          1. Troubledog

            I've been really busy, I got this crazy contract and have been working my ass off. How have you been? I never get around here any more. Sometimes I read a bit on my phone on the way home. I have to get up early now, it's CRAZY.

            After sitting around my "home office" in my underwear telecommuting for a year, now I have to go ride buses and ferries and streetcars and wear sunglasses and headphones and don't make eye contact with panhandlers and all that magical stuff again.

            So I get up at 0445, do email for a half hour, say goodbye to the dogs and leave here at 545. I drive my dirty white truck a half mile up the road to the church, and grab a bus to the ferry.

            They have these dollar coins now; if you put a ten into a vending machine chances are you will get them as change. They are golden and shiny and have these mystyk runes carveth within their margins. I think this is what Ron Paul warned about. I carry them around as bus tokens.

            On the bus are the most delightful people. There is Wont Stop Talking guy that hates uncomfortable silence. His greatest fiction is his absolute certainty that the US Navy and the Bremerton Police Department have a literal partnership to hunt down medical marijuana users and suppliers, and send them to Federal prison.

            This is based on a chain of logical fallacies that takes fifteen minutes to recount, but traces its source to a newspaper article he read two years ago where the Sheriff said he didn't much care for the idea of people smoking pot in his town. That sheriff I think is, in fact, long gone now.

            And there is also Wont Stop Talking lady, who is noisy in almost the same way. Her greatest triumph was a ten minute lecture on the supposed Shabbos practices of orthodox Jews. I think they can eat. Wait, no they can't eat until sundown, or I think it's sunrise. But they can go to the bathroom as long as they don't have to open any doors, because opening doors is work. I think they have to leave the seat up too.

            But they can't cook anything in the oven. But the microwave is okay because it doesn't use heat, and so it doesn't count as cooking so they have to cook everything the day before so they can reheat it. On and on and on. The reason she is awesome is that she concluded her fifteen minutes ramble with a shrug and "I don't really know hahahaha"

            One day the planets aligned and they sat near each other.

            So this project is supposed to last till the end of the year. They extended me through December 19 so I will be really busy for a couple more months. Hope you are well and much love to all my dear friends.

      2. ThundercatHo

        I think TD was maybe just warning the protestors to be careful because the NYPD is probably more aggressive than the Wisconsin cops.

        1. Troubledog

          I love Riley and I don't want him to get raped to death. The rest of the paultards and anontards and such, ehhhh, whatever.

      3. tessiee

        Correct me if I'm wrong, but I interpreted Troubledog's haiku as deploring the situation, rather than endorsing it.

      1. Troubledog

        But don't let it be a black and a white one.
        Cause they'll slam ya down to the street top.
        Black police showing off for the white cop

    2. BlueStateLibel

      Damn, I thought you were a troll, sorry for jumping down your throat. This is what comes of a having a bad Irish temper, I apologize.

  4. Callyson

    Is information about investment losses of the NYPD's pension fund publicly available? If so, may I suggest the 10's equivalent to putting flowers into gun barrels…

    1. Barb

      Lol, ya'll are sick! I'm watching football, drinking a frosty oats soda and listening to Jeffer, flinging some Angry Birds.

      What are you guys up to tonight?

      1. Blendergoathead

        Nothing much; just told NYT's Kristof to head back to Darfur. He's "hardcore" when it comes to people in Africa getting screwed over, but American bankers need love and understanding. Excuse me while I grab a box of tissues.

      2. tessiee

        "drinking a frosty oats soda … What are you guys up to tonight?"

        Well, I *was* reading a library book; but now I'm wondering what the hell an oats soda is, who invented such a thing, and what on earth they were thinking.

  5. WordSaladNation

    I know that I'll probably be downfisted from here to eternity for saying this, but these protestors (present company excluded, of course) strike me as kind of rudderless and misinformed. I'm sure that, if I Googled them, I'd find a list somewhere of their grievances, but, right now, they just look like an amorphous blob that smells vaguely of patchouli.

    Riley, to be perfectly honest, those folks who work on Wall Street aren't the real enemies. If you really want to make some headlines, get on the train and come up here to Fairfield County, Connecticut, where you'll find the real robber barons: hedge fund managers. In Westport, there are dozens of hedge funds, including Bridgewater Associates, a company with over $120 billion in assets. Their headquarters is right on the Saugatuck River in an unassuming little office building, and I can guarantee that you'll make the nightly news if you go stand outside their offices holding a sign. You'd be the only one, but you'd be on to something, too.

      1. riverside68

        I am voting for "Pay income tax on your income*"

        "*You should pay more than 15% tax on the millions you take home"

        In my conversations with Hedge fund managers they are embarrased about only paying 15% on millions of dollars of income. (See carried interest deduction.)

    1. Radiodead

      Here is their initial list that freakishlywrong posted on the previous thread. And some of the items include: to reinstate Glass-Steagall, institute the Buffett Tax, and rescind Citizen's United. I am all over it like stupid on a Palin.
      Especially, as they note, REINSTATE GLASS-STEAGALL.
      Even Clinton admits it was a mistake.
      To see people actually enjoin my quixotic quest is so heartening.

        1. Radiodead

          Further, it's not as if these demands are outrageous or radical. Glass-Steagall was the key to unleashing the investment banks into controlling the markets. The same fucks are whining about 3% marginal tax rates, while their capital gains go untouched. And, Citizen's United was just the propaganda arm of greed equation.
          Matt Taibbi, your move.

    2. axmxz

      Yeah, the "man" left Wall Street years ago. All that's left is tourists, a jeans store, a gym, a maze of metal barricades, and a bunch of Chase ATMs. If the protesters really have an issue with corporate personhood, shouldn't they be pitching their angry tents on the steps of the Supreme Court?

    3. prommie

      Being rudderless and uninformed hasn't stopped the fucking teatards from taking over the country's agenda, has it?

  6. V572 Moon!

    Being a certified Old, and worse yet an erstwhile suburban white kid, I can remember when people wondered and even said aloud, "Who are these 'freedom riders' and why are they causing all this trouble in Mississippi?' Things change. It takes longer than you want, but they change. Do it Riley. You are needed and valued.

    1. Nothingisamiss

      What he/she said. Just reading about the freedom riders today. (Folks down here in GA still call them outside agitators.)

      1. V572 Moon!

        “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”   —Margaret Mead

        1. NorthStarSpanx

          Freedom Riders, at first I'm sure they didn't know what the fuck they were getting into, but they still kept going down those roads, even with Sheriff's pissing on them, holding cocked guns to their heads or never letting them see the light of day again.

  7. Plowmon

    No, no, it's not 'jail' and 'prison', it's 'protective custody' and 're-education facility'…

    1. riverside68

      Actually it is, in fact, called "processing"

      During the RNC it took up to 50 hours, only being completed when Bush the Younger finished his acceptance speech.

      After a couple of really inconvenient court dates, everything is dismissed. No harm no foul right?

  8. ThundercatHo

    I can't wait to here what our President has to say about this movement.

    (crickets, so far anyway)

  9. Blueb4sunrise

    I'm sure all will remember the classic 60's Protest song
    'Don't Sleep in the Subway, Darling'.
    sung by Buffy St…….errrrr, no, it was Petula Clark

    Also…doooooooooooood. NURSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Negropolis

    The New York Times editing is just plain disgusting. Glad someone caught that; it should really be big news, but it won't be.

    BTW, a whorediamond-and-a-half for the use of "Freedom Netting".

  11. Negropolis

    "I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it." – FDR

    This is why I support this movement at the end of the day. It's time to empower those elected officials that are with us, but who are too afraid to speak up. The tea party shouldn't have a monopoly on channeling America's anger at everything. There is another side; there is another option; there is another choice. Stop working against your own who are trying to organically and righteously coalesce, already.

    Thank the FSM that we aren't single-issue, single-minded voters. Thank the lord we realize the comprehensive and multi-faceted nature of our problems.

    1. Radiodead

      And, thank you, for that insightful comment. Indeed, we need to embrace subtlety, free-thinking and the ingrained social nature of our better selves and reject the simpleton, unfettered capitalistic and talking points mentality of the teabaggers and their overlords.

      1. Negropolis

        Thank you.

        We could get Soros (or some other liberal boogeyman) to fund some buses, make up some professional signage, and write a lists of professionally picked slogans all day long, and we'd be worse of for it. What's going on down there is true grassroots organization and the much maligned idea of community organizing. When (not if) the crowd begins to coalesce around demands (and that is happening), it will have the legitimacy that the tea party only wished it has.

        Fuck the tea party and their authoritarian-allied organizational skills. These kids and kids-at-heart are earning their democracy; they are earning their badges, one day at a time. God bless their indomitable spirit and their committment to civilization and humanity, in general. God bless the "dirty fucking hippies"!

        Our protestors anger lies in the realization that we could do so much better as a nation than we are doing. The tea party anger lies in anger, fear, and hate. That's where it ends. Period. It doesn't exist to appeal to our better angels, or even to take the best of the past to integrate us into the future. It exists to paralyze us, because they are too afraid to even come up with a plan that addresses the future.

        1. tessiee

          "Our protestors anger lies in the realization that we could do so much better as a nation than we are doing. The tea party anger lies in anger, fear, and hate. That's where it ends. Period. It doesn't exist to appeal to our better angels, or even to take the best of the past to integrate us into the future. It exists to paralyze us"


  12. ttommyunger

    There are many tricks yet to be played on the protestors, however, there are over 100,000 citizens (or more) per cop, and not all cops are dicks, believe it or not. If this movement perseveres and/or spreads, it could cause real change. I am sitting on my worthless ass watching in rapt attention. I want change, I want these people to succeed, yet I wonder if I were there would I get off my ass and join them. I think I know the answer and I'm not proud of it.

    1. PalinzADummy

      I'm starting to feel the buzz myself, my friend. I'm sure you've already given generously to their movement.

    2. Guppy06

      I recognize that I'd never be able to join such a group. Too young, too earnest… my skin would be crawling in under five minutes.

      At most, I'd show up and gawk.

      1. ttommyunger

        I fear I'm with you. I just cannot stand crowds; especially crowds of youngsters, however well-intentioned. Come with geezerhood, just too fucking cranky.

    3. tribbzthesquidz

      Some are going to be abler to sweat that kind of stuff out than others. Myself, I have small children in tow. My last decision to get "uninvolved" paid off in that we stopped going to the Unitarian Church before it got shot up. Looks like the occupation is coming to my humble little city and I'm wondering what I will do. I definitely argued to not drive to NYC or DC with Mrs. Squidz as the drive there would blow enough oil to cancel out any good we might do. I think the bigger question still is, "when does the clusterfuck get to my own front door and how will I profit from this?."

  13. tribbzthesquidz

    I've got your coherence right here. Occupy Wall Street. Hmm. Something about the location. Ohhhh, Wallll Streeeet. Something about systematic thievery and about how people only SOMETIMES want to get buttfuckered.
    To balance things out let's all point out everyone's imperfections and ponder, like NPR's editorial board the question of coherence. Kids these days and their fucking protests and patchouli, and computers, and lack of theme, and lack of cult figure, and lack of religious affiliation, and pretentious art-rock bands. GET OFF MAH LAWN YER BLOCKIN' MAH INTERNET SIGNAL. TRYING TO COMMENT AT SALON.COM

  14. Guppy06

    It's all about as coherent as mailing tea bags to members of Congress. And now those folks are perpetually shutting down Congress. Of course, it helps to be on the side of moneyed interests…

    1. tribbzthesquidz

      George and his army of stringently grammatically-correct Soros-RoBots are paying them all to be there. Like a boss.

  15. AJWjr.

    First we take Manhattan…

    I've been protesting or marching for one thing or another since about 1965. I still think we were right on all of them, and I just signed up for 3 shifts a week on the re-election campaign, and for the last 10 or 12 years I've been wondering where the fuck are the replacements? And now I see they're in NYC. Finally. Welcome to the fight.

  16. axmxz

    A sit-down protest on Brooklyn Bridge? Confucius say: hippie who treat Brooklyn Bridge like segregated restaurant going to get served.

  17. imissopus

    Edit', where's Gloria and Meathead?

    Ohhh, Awchie, they went downtown to those protests.

    Well of course they did, where else would that Meathead drag my little goil. Whadda they protestin' this time?

    Gloria said they're protesting the financial enslavement and social repression of the 99% by the corporate-controlled oligarchy.

    Jeez dingbat, I just asked what they was protestin', I didn't need no college seminar.

    1. not that Dewey

      I can't get past the paywall, so I can ONLY read the comments, and I have to surmise what was in the editorial. So far I have this:

      -every protestor has a Humanities degree and works in a coffee shop
      -it would be a hoot if we learned that Van Jones was supporting them financially
      -The protesters are just a bunch of unemployed stoners looking for casual sex and the opportunity to show that they were successfully indoctrinated in college by aging Marxist professors
      -They just want free stuff and they want the Government to steal it from those who produce and redistribute to them.

      In other words, thousands of Van Jones-bankrolled Marxist Comp Lit majors want free stuff and casual sex, rain, deprivation, and police violence notwithstanding.

      1. imissopus

        Dammit! I'd gone there from a link on Google News, which gets you around the paywall, so I didn't even realize it was a locked article. But yes, you are pretty much correct.

  18. MiniMencken

    Wish I was there. The class solidarity of the USA proletariat was always weak. I have a Nazi German English primer that contains a story about a New York City diner that has, by the cash register, a sign that says, "If you're so smart, why aren't you rich?" The story goes on the explain how this is an example of American heartlessness. This a Nazi schoolbook, people! And, even they got it! March on!

    1. prommie

      We have no class consciousness, and thus no class solidarity, a nation of lumpenproles. Look up "lumpenproletariat" in the dictionary and there is a picture of a tea party rally.

  19. alzronnie

    You'd think that cops would have learned by now that there are cameras out there that will trash their bullshit explanations. Chicago 1968 relied on media cameras but now everyone out there carries one. Must be something in donuts that blocks the thought process.

  20. WordSaladNation

    It looks like, at least according to the New York Times reporter who was arrested and detained, the protesters were not, in fact, led onto the bridge itself:

    The Internet was filled with pointed suggestions that officers from the New York Police Department led protesters onto the road as a trap to perform mass arrests; indeed, some video footage seems to show officers leading protesters onto the “illegal” section of the bridge. From what I saw, however, a couple of dozen marchers made the decision to move off the sidewalk into the road at the bridge’s entrance to chants of “off the sidewalks, into the streets.”

    This breakaway group quickly gained support of surrounding marchers, numbers of whom jumped over barricades on the sidewalk’s edge to stream into the road, until hundreds of people eventually covered the passageway usually intended for a steady flow of traffic.

  21. prommie

    Awwww, I want to go and take part in this futile, and stupid gesture (Hey, somebody's got to do it). I have no problem with the smell of hippiechick. I mean it, I really do. But I got bills no honest protester can pay, and if I took off to join the revolution, there would be some major babysitter issues.

  22. tessiee

    "The Bridge on the River Kwai (before the bridge blows up and everyone gets murdered in the jungle)"

    What th–??
    Hey, thanks for the spoiler, Riley!

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