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October 2011: NYC White Shirt Police Commanders Entrap Occupy Wall Street; Arrest 500, or is it 700; JOIN OCCUPY WALL STREET

New York Times Changing the Story?

-by Kevin Zeese

October 1, 2011- I look forward to reports from the participants in Occupy Wall Street about today's events as I will trust those more.  The truth will come out because now the people are becoming the media. The New York Times reported 500 arrested, other news outlets say 700 were arrested.

Even from this New York Times report, it sounds like the police lured the occupiers onto the traffic lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge and when they were about a third of the way across trapped them with their infamous orange netting.

It appears as if the NY Times changed their story to take blame off of the police.  If so, the New York Times will be caught by the democratized media that will have lots of video, photos and blogs describing what happened.  Here are screen shots of how the Times changed their story.

The initial reported showed an intentional effort by the New York City police to arrest mass numbers to get occupiers off the street and potentially decapitate the protests.  We urge people to join the protest in response.  These people need the support of all Americans. The only way to stand up to the white shirt bullies of the New York City polie is to show up and let them know their behavior is unacceptable.  Join Occupy Wall Street!

Below are the key paragraphs from the New York Times report.  The full story is below.


protesters said that they thought the police had tricked and trapped them, allowing them onto the bridge and even escorting them across, only to surround them in orange netting after hundreds of them had entered.

“The cops watched and did nothing, indeed, seemed to guide us on to the roadway,” said Jesse A. Myerson, a media coordinator for Occupy Wall Street who was in the march but was not arrested.

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After allowing the protesters to walk about a third of the way to Brooklyn, the police then cut the marchers off and surrounded them with orange nets on both sides, trapping hundreds of people, said Mr. Dunn. As protesters at times chanted “white shirts, white shirts,” officers began making arrests, at one point plunging briefly into the crowd to grab a man.

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Earlier in the afternoon, as many as 10 Department of Correction buses, big enough to hold 20 prisoners apiece, had been dispatched from Rikers Island in what one law enforcement official said was “a planned move on the protesters.”

Etan Ben-Ami, 56, a psychotherapist from Brooklyn who was up on the walkway, said that the police seemed to make a conscious decision to allow the protesters to claim the road. “They weren’t pushed back,” he said. “It seemed that they moved at the same time.”

Mr. Ben-Ami said he left the walkway and joined the crowd on the road. “It seemed completely permitted,” he said. “There wasn’t a single policeman saying ‘don’t do this’.”

He added: “We thought they were escorting us because they wanted us to be safe.” He left the bridge when he saw officers unrolling the nets as they prepared to make arrests. Many others who had been on the roadway were allowed to walk back down to Manhattan.



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