New York Police Department officers arrested seventeen people at an Occupy Wall Street flash mob action in Brookfield Properties’ Winter Garden yesterday. Those seventeen people each have something in common: they all are somehow involved with media. At the action, they were taking photos, video and tweeting out updates on the action. And, now, more than thirty-six hours later, they have finally been released from jail.
The seventeen are now free. They all will be telling their stories over the next few days. More will be heard that further suggests the NYPD was going after independent journalists and citizen media makers. But, make no mistake: they will not be intimidated. They will be at the next action with two or three more people, who were radicalized by the way NYPD handled independent media on Monday. Those people will be there streaming video or sending tweets because they know how important it is to be present to capture the next incident involving the NYPD violating freedom of assembly, freedom of speech or press freedom. They know one more set of eyes will make it harder for the NYPD to criminalize independent journalists.
*In case you missed it, here is video of arrests at the World Financial Center on Monday:
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