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On Friday the 13th of April, Occupy DC marched out from their campsite
at Bank of America at Vermont and L to Wells Fargo, the headquarters of
Bank of America, The US Treasury, and back to Bank of America. For the
4th day in a row cops then arrested protesters for sitting outsie BofA
WITHOUT blocking the sidewalk.
This time around, five people were arrested for
"incommoding" which under DC code requires that the sidewalk be
completely obstructed. A number of cops have admitted to Occupy DC that
these are unlawful arrests. DC's potential civil liability for the
arrests continues to grow,
Video evidence shows that the only "incommoding" done in front of Bank
of America's Vermont and L street office was done by the cops. They
lined up in first a L formation, then a semicircle around people sitting
exactly where they had slept earlier.
The entire morning rush-hour march, sometimes against traffic, took
place and returned to Bank of America prior to 10AM, when the unlawful
arrests have been taking place. Police warnings not to take all of the
street at one point caused marchers to take the middle lane (3 to a
side) after cops tried to order everyone into the right lane.
Before the march even started, a bank security guard, possibly the one
who has been calling the cops to "remove those protesters," attempted
without sucess to stop me from videotaping her. Her order
were defied and I went around the block when Sgt Scott,
the cop who has commanded the unlawful arrests, tried to approach in a
menacing manner. Sgt Scott soon soon abandond his unlawful intimidation
of the press.
The US Park Police, of coruse, are the reason Occupy DC has found it
necessary to sleep in front of the bank without tents. Perhaps Bank of
America needs to have a little chat with the Department of the Interior
about this, as unlawful arrests are NOT removing Occupy's campsite!
In: Other News
Tags: Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Occupy DC
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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