Wall Street March Prompts Police Brawl

15 arrested in showdown

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 14, 2011 10:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – After the cleanup of Wall Street protesters' Zuccotti Park base was postponed, the occupiers were feeling inspired—so they poured onto Broadway for a new march. The result: 15 arrests, the New York Post reports. Police were waiting for protesters, who were blocking traffic; cops pursued and grappled with protesters, some of whom flipped a police bike, in what the Post calls a "melee." As police made arrests, the crowd chanted, "The whole world is watching!"

Gothamist saw one protester who was punched in the face by an officer apparently without provocation; the protester says his earring was torn out: "I'm HIV positive and that cop should get tested." Protesters were back at the park by 8:30 this morning. "The city tried to intimidate us, they threatened us and tried to put us in our place. But we showed them what we are all made of and we did it without violence," says one. Adds another, "I've never been more confident that we are all going to make a difference." Click through for intense video of what appears to be a brawl.

A New York City police officer runs over a National Lawyers Guild observer as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators march through the streets near Wall Street, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011.
A New York City police officer runs over a National Lawyers Guild observer as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators march through the streets near Wall Street, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Protesters participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests lock arms as they sit down in the road in protest of the police.
Protesters participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests lock arms as they sit down in the road in protest of the police.   (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)
A protester faces a police officer while marching towards Wall Street Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, in New York.
A protester faces a police officer while marching towards Wall Street Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, in New York.   (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)
Protesters participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests march toward Wall Street after hearing the news that the owners of Zuccotti Park had withdrawn their request to have the park cleaned.
Protesters participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests march toward Wall Street after hearing the news that the owners of Zuccotti Park had withdrawn their request to have the park cleaned.   (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)
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