New York, NY: September 14, 2012 – O.W.S. protesters held a Drum Circle, about 60 people gathered on the Broad St. side of Zuccotti Park to dance and relax to music.
Police and private park security surrounded the park with metal barriers leaving only a few exits open for the protesters who sat or danced in the park and other citizens who were enjoying the afternoon in the park to leave.
After nearly two hours in the park discussing how they could make the Activists leave the park, they began roaming around them ordering that they pick up any bags near them. Ordering others whom the police and security officials said had bag too big to remove them from the park.
Neither police nor park officials could specify what size a bag had to be before it was too large when asked.
One arrest took place when a Marine Veteran wearing his battle dress uniform jacket, with service medals pinned over his breast plate, refused to pick up his day pack that was lying next to him.
The marine Identified by the alias Marine Gonzo offered no resistance, although police handled him in a stern manner, as the crowd gathered around shouting “shame,” at the police.
“What will your wife and children think of you arresting a veteran for sitting in a park,” other demanded still.
After the arrest police claimed the park was closed and ordered the activist to disperse and leave the park, while allowing people just 50 ft. on the other side of the park to stay where they were in peace.
The protesters now agitated at the arbitrary enforcement of rules, closing of the park to them but not others resisted in a civil fashion the police order, challenging the police to mass arrest people sitting in a private park open to the public.
After some time the police and security officials backed off and monitored the activists gathered with minimal interference.