A pair of online videos show a massive contingent of NYPD cops in riot gear as they swept through and broke up the “Occupy City Hall” encampment in Lower Manhattan.
Protesters offered only token resistance, including by shoving a sofa toward a line of cops who held clear shields while advancing across the plaza at Chambers and Centre Streets, according to an 18-minute clip posted on YouTube.
One man also repeatedly yelled out, “Suck my d–k, you f—-ts!”
A recording played over a loudspeaker warned those gathered that it’s “unlawful” to camp in city parks and that “you are ordered to leave.”
“If you leave voluntarily, no charges will be placed against you,” the recording said.
The video shows the cops marched forward following amplified shouts of “Move! Back!” and they also took up the chant themselves.
Other cops were recorded dismantling tents and other makeshift shelters on the plaza and in nearby City Hall Park early Wednesday morning.
At several points, the line of cops with shields stopped advancing in response to a shout of “SRG, hold!,” an apparent reference to the NYPD’s Strategic Response Group.
A second, shorter clip was apparently recorded by a young woman who said, “Occupy City Hall, Abolition Park is being raided!”
That video ends with a chaotic scene as the cops march toward the protesters and the woman yells, “You’re going to hit me with a baton now?”
Later, she says, “I’m OK, I’m OK.”
The NYPD has said that seven people were taken into custody during the operation, with one man accused of throwing a brick that dented a cop’s shield.
The others were accused of minor violations, the NYPD said.
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