The news that Occupy Wall Street protesters camped at Zuccotti Park would not have to temporarily leave (with all their sleeping bags and belongings) for a scheduled park cleaning has morphed into some confrontation as a group of protesters marched downtown. NBC New York reported that, at midday Friday, "police presence has been noticeably stepped up near Zuccotti Park and the NYPD is extending shifts for some officers citywide to respond in the Wall Street area." The Associated Press described the scene:
New York police arrested 14 people, including protesters who obstructed traffic by standing or sitting in the street, and others who tuned over trash baskets, knocked over a police scooter and hurled bottles. A few blocks south of the park, about two dozen demonstrators screamed "Pigs!" and hurled obscenities at a dozen officers in riot gear, who showed no visible reaction. The officers left the area, trailed by protesters with cameras.
One widely circulated video of this morning's protests in New York include this video highlighted by the The New York Observer, which shows a man who appears to be injured by a policeman's scooter.
NBC New York has pretty clear footage of the chaos that erupted between marching protesters, the police, photographers:
Update 5:05 p.m.: A fuller video has been released depicting the scooter-foot incident, but it still remains ambiguous whether the man, who is a Legal Aid Society observer, put his foot under the scooter or whether the policeman deliberately ran it over. Watch below:
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