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10 Arrests in 87 Minutes: The Anatomy of the NYPD’s Protest Dispersal Process

Posted 2 years ago on Sept. 16, 2013, 12:23 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: Direct Action, NYPD, First Amendment

On the eve of the second anniversary of the Occupy movement, two video activists, have released a 10 minute short film providing perhaps the most detailed civilian account to date of the NYPD’s process of crowd dispersion during mass mobilizations. The video, shot on September 17th, 2012, during Occupy Wall Street’s first anniversary celebration action, details 10 arrests that took place over the span of 87 minutes. While at first glance many of the individual arrests appear to be arbitrary, careful analysis from the videographers illustrates a larger picture wherein the NYPD’s actions are calculated and designed to derail the protestors ability to effectively assemble.