Naomi Wolf: How I was arrested at Occupy Wall Street

Good times.

Then a phalanx of perhaps 40 white-shirted senior offices descended out of seemingly nowhere and, with a megaphone (which was supposedly illegal for citizens to use), one said: "You are unlawfully creating a disruption. You are ordered to disperse." I approached him peacefully, slowly, gently and respectfully and said: "I am confused. I was told that the permit in question allows us to walk if we don't block pedestrian access and as you see we are complying with the permit."

He gave me a look of pure hate. "Are you going to back down?" he shouted. I stood, immobilised, for a moment. "Are you getting out of my way?"

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9 Responses:

  1. anonymouse says:

    My favorite one is where they arrest you for resisting arrest.

  2. Jeremy Wilson says:

    All this protesting, and the resulting silence from the elite, makes me wonder if armed resistance really is the only solution to this problem. It all seems so obvious to me that this will eventually bubble over into a true police state and no one on either side seems to want to stop it.

    • pavel_lishin says:

      > makes me wonder if armed resistance really is the only solution to this problem.

      Sure, that won't lead to a massively overwhelming counter-force.

      • Jeremy Wilson says:

        That's kind of my point. Push turns to shove, etc. and yet neither side sees that this is how the Republic dies.

    • FutureJuror says:

      A simpler answer: grand juror strike.
      Let's see how the cops like it if they can't get indictments all of a sudden.

      You're on notice, Bloomie. No indictments from me if I have to look at any of these cases.

    • "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. " (may not have been said by Gandhi)

  3. anon says:

    Where are all trillion of our pretentious lawyer buddies fighting the no megaphone bullshit? Why isn't Zucotti Park ground zero for pro-bono civil libertarian lawyers?

    • gryazi says:

      a) It is. They've got an army behind them: http://www.nlg.org/

      b) I hate to break it to you, but pro bono and "Libertarian" do not coincide as much as you'd fantasize.

      Meanwhile, out here in the trenches of "small law", we've been fucked by the economy half as bad as actual human beings, so if we hadn't quadrupled the caseload to try to make up for the proportionate fraction of our receivables being a nice dream we might have time to wish there was something particularly substantive we could do. (You know what sucks about foreclosure defense? It tends to involve people who are bad at understanding agreements and paying their bills.)

      [IANAL. I just type shit in and show people how to click on things.]