Hundreds of participants in an “Occupy Wall St” march over the Brooklyn Bridge appear to have been lead off the pedestrian walkway and onto the roadway by NYPD, and then arrested by the NYPD.
The video appears to be genuine. During a protest – especially during a march – protesters by and large obey the directions of police officers regarding where they are allowed to walk. If the NYPD did in fact lure participants onto the bridge only to turn around and arrest them by the hundreds it would raise several important questions:
- Can protesters trust the NYPD in the future when they are told where and where not to walk?
- If protesters can no longer trust the NYPD to direct them, what implications would that have for managing large protests within the city?
- Was this police action pre-meditated, and if so, what was the goal?
The Occupy Wall St movement has already been hit hard with police brutality and a mix of mockery and inattention from the press. The message this sends the protesters is loud and clear:
We will ignore you. We will laugh at you. We will hurt you. We will arrest you without cause.