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Informing NYPD of their epic lose of control
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Informing NYPD of their epic lose of control by Cory V. Clark

New York, NY September 18, 2012- By the middle of the afternoon there had already been 120 arrests, many of the made violent by increased police aggression over the course of the day, provoking protesters to take every last vestige of control from police.

By the middle of the afternoon protests had moved from the sidewalks and parks into the streets, causing an already explosive situation to become down right bloody as police beat protesters and bystanders alike with fists and batons. 

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A large contingent of Occupiers had taken at least one intersection on West Street holding it for several hours before police made 30 arrests.

During the arrests the police chased down protesters trying to escape and beat them without mercy, often even after they were on the ground and under control.

Groups of protesters entered banks and other businesses, disrupting commerce throughout the afternoon, many of those individuals were arrested.

Police charged even those who merely quoted the First Amendment to arresting officers with resisting arrest.


Throughout much of the afternoon and into the evening arrests were made indiscriminately and often without provocation by protesters.

However, this was not the case for journalists who continued to be singled out for arrest by police.

As night fell over the city the celebration returned to where it had all started one year ago, Zuccotti Park. Where protesters sang, danced and played into the night, even sharing a large birthday cake.

Around 10:30 the mood changed for some, as park security and police in partial riot gear moved into the park.

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A protester had set an American Flag on fire, while another group from Philadelphia erected a tent in commemoration.

When the group was ordered by authorities to take the tent down Chris Goldstein cut holes for himself and put the tent on. Goldstein wore the tent for the rest of the night calling himself "tent man," and eluding police.

During one of the encounters were police entered the park they beat New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams with a baton.

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