Video: Violence breaks out at OWS

posted at 2:05 pm on October 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

New York City and the owner of the private park where Occupy Wall Street protestors have camped retreated from their plans to close the park and clean it.  Protestors celebrated their victory by leaving the park — and starting a violent confrontation with police on Wall Street:

Just a short while after protesters learned they’d be able to stay in Zuccotti Park indefinitely, violence broke out as a group marched away from it.

Protesters, apparently jubilant over being able to stay in the park after their furious cleanup efforts, took their brooms, flags and signs and started fanning out at around 7:30 a.m.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported the protesters were saying things to the effect that now that they’d cleaned up the park, they were going to clean up Wall Street.

So much for containing the protest to Zuccotti Park, eh? The crowd marched in the street, blocking traffic, which police tried to keep moving. When they confronted the demonstrators, police say that they got pelted with bottles and garbage. The tension ran high in both directions, apparently:

First Precinct Commander Ed Winski checked a protester who refused to stay on the sidewalk. When the protester came back into the street, Winski hurled his megaphone down and wound up rolling around in the street with the protester, throwing punches. Other officers surrounded the two, throwing punches. The protester was arrested.

On the other hand, Jim Hoft notes this moment as one OWS protestor either gets run over by the slowest-moving police scooter ever … or demonstrates acting skills normally seen in a World Cup soccer match:

Note just how slowly this scooter was moving before the “accident”; the officer was traveling at walking speed, trying to maneuver around the people crowded in the street. It barely moves at all before the “victim” is writhing on the ground screaming. Does that mean the man didn’t get run over? In the brief glimpse ahead of the officer just before the incident, this man doesn’t appear to be in the way, which suggests that the protestor may have watched Donny Deutsch this morning and wanted to get a Kent State moment out of this protest.

Regardless, the lesson here is that the city and the landlord didn’t buy anything with their appeasement this morning; they just emboldened the OWS protestors to make a violent confrontation elsewhere. Maybe they could take a lesson or two from San Diego, which followed through on their deadline this morning.

Update: A photographer from the New York Daily News says that the protestor, an attorney named Ari Douglas, faked getting run over:

Daily News photographer Joe Marino, who witnessed the confrontation, said “the bike definitely hit him” but the officer didn’t run him over.

“I saw him sticking his legs under the bike to make it appear he was run over,” Marino said of the lawyer.

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Maybe they could take a lesson or two from San Diego, which followed through on their deadline this morning.

And Denver, too (even with that uber-looney Lefty Hickenlooper as Gov)

jwehman on October 14, 2011 at 3:29 PM

In a just world…

… First Precinct Commander Ed Winski should have used his men and his bull horn in the following manner:

“You have the right to remain silent…
“You have the right to remain silent…

Anything you say can and will…
Anything you say can and will…

be used against you in a court of law.
be used against you in a court of law.

You have a right to an attorney.
You have a right to an attorney.

If you cannot afford an attorney,…
If you cannot afford an attorney,…

one will be appointed for you.”
one will be appointed for you.”

Seven Percent Solution on October 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Wingo on October 14, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Tea Partiers got permits, why do think these people bothered?

LarryD on October 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Obviously they were TEA Party infiltrators. We all know the left are the peaceful ones.

Grunt on October 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM

This link has a better view of his lying on his side with both feet in front of the bike’s wheel.

It’s clear this was faked.

http://gothamist.com/2011/10/14/video_nypd_scooter_runs_over_nation.php

ButterflyDragon on October 14, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I would like to make a suggestion…

Refering to these folks as protestors is simply too vague, since there are just so many in this world in need of protesting.

Up-Twinkles, people??? Right?? Right? Mmm-kay.

So too be a little more specific, I suggest we refer to the protestors as Citizens Occupying Wall Street, or “cows” for short.

Mmm-kay? Anyone have a clarifying question??? Hmmm? You, in the back?

/s

Droopy on October 14, 2011 at 3:38 PM

I’ve been following a lot of the “occupy” twitter accounts and these people are the biggest drama queens you’ll ever run across. They’re constantly thinking that someone is after them and telling people to go here and go there cuz oh noes there’s a police car by them and they’re gong to be shipped to gitmo or something, just idiots really, or spoiled brats trying to get attention, probably a little bit of both.

clearbluesky on October 14, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Oh my actual God, I do believe this douche bag thinks he’s starting a new Suffragette movement, lol.

Sharke on October 14, 2011 at 3:42 PM

These events will be noted by global Marxists as the beginning of America’s Red October Revolution.

Egfrow on October 14, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Light a few of these bearded communists on fire…just pour a quart of lighter fluid on their heads and light a match.

That will calm things down pretty quick.

Jaibones on October 14, 2011 at 3:47 PM

I’ve been following a lot of the “occupy” twitter accounts and these people are the biggest drama queens you’ll ever run across. They’re constantly thinking that someone is after them and telling people to go here and go there cuz oh noes there’s a police car by them and they’re gong to be shipped to gitmo or something, just idiots really, or spoiled brats trying to get attention, probably a little bit of both.

clearbluesky on October 14, 2011 at 3:41 PM

They’re all little narcissists and egomaniacs who think the world revolves around them.

Their little chants of “the whole world’s watching” stuff. I mean come on, these people have really blown this thing up in their own minds thinking they’re really doing something earth shattering.

Heck, they were comparing themselves to people living in dictatorship dying on the streets, while they’re munching free pizza and playing games on their iPads.

They truly believe choosing to sleep outside while eating free food is equivalent to getting your brains smashed out of your head by your own military.

ButterflyDragon on October 14, 2011 at 3:48 PM

The unedited video can be seen on youtube.

It is clearly a staged event.

He was not run over.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrzQedHM6SY&feature=player_embedded&skipcontrinter=1

LeeSeneca on October 14, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Democratic Underground is claiming a lawyer, a.k.a. legal observer was run over:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439×2117049

Can’t see videos. Is it the same incident?

Mr Snuggle Bunny on October 14, 2011 at 3:52 PM

As a bit of contrast to this group of self-centered, demanding children…

On Human Planet last night was an episode that featured a family from Himalaya. To provide an education for their children, the father and 2 children (ages 11 and 14) took a 7 day trip across a frozen river that could crack and send them to their deaths, climbed snow covered slopes, traversed snow covered paths that were 2 feet wide with nothing on one side but a 3 story drop into the river, and endured -20 degree temps at night.

These 2 children have more courage and strength and better priorities than the whole OWS crowd combined.

Chitownmom on October 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM

The Youtube video has a few more seconds at the beginning.

You can see the cycle approaching slowly at a pace that could not have done any damage. The man. a leftwing lawyer. is screaming bloddy murder without have been touch.
He is not run over, you can clearly see his legs in front of the front tire as he screams like he’s in a Saw movie.

LeeSeneca on October 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM

The Soylent Green trucks are rolling…

Roy Rogers on October 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Regardless, the lesson here is that the city and the landlord didn’t buy anything with their appeasement this morning; they just emboldened the OWS protestors to make a violent confrontation elsewhere.

they are merely feeding the alligator in the hopes that he’ll eat them last.

This, Joe Biden, is like negotiating with terrorists. People that will use manipulation and violence to force you to behave a certain way and acquiesce to their demands are terrorists.

ted c on October 14, 2011 at 3:57 PM

The Soylent Green trucks are rolling…

Roy Rogers on October 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I think they’d come voluntarily if we had the Sanctuary bug zapper from Logan’s Run. Fancy clothes, free stuff, a chance at renewal…

BobMbx on October 14, 2011 at 3:57 PM

NYPD should just place a call to Rolling Thunder. Forget the “drunkcycles,” letthose patriots roll down the street once – end of march.

PJ Emeritus on October 14, 2011 at 3:58 PM

“Okay, Jimmy, when we get out on the street, I want you to jump in front of the motorcycle cop,” said Sunrise Bob, the Occupy Moderator.

Jimmy responded, frowning, canting his head quizzically to the side: *down-twinkles*, *clarify, please*

“No, man, it’s okay,” Bob said. “I mean, I don’t want you to actually, you know, throw yourself under the wheels or anything. Geez. Just act like it, okay? Remember the workshops.”

Jimmy responded, smiling and enthusiastic: *up-twinkles* *up-twinkles*

Sunrise Bob said, “Okay, show me your best grimace of pain.”

Jimmy grimaced. It was a good grimace.

Sunrise Bob did a little up-twinkling of his own. “Beautiful, Jimmy. Academy Award right there, buddy. Let’s do it.”

troyriser_gopftw on October 14, 2011 at 4:01 PM

BobMbx on October 14, 2011 at 3:57 PM

OWS bug zappers…

me like

Roy Rogers on October 14, 2011 at 4:03 PM

In the brief glimpse ahead of the officer just before the incident, this man doesn’t appear to be in the way, which suggests that the protestor may have watched Donny Deutsch this morning and wanted to get a Kent State moment out of this protest.

tryin’ to take one for the team. Like a dennis rodman flop…..

ted c on October 14, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Why does the San Diego linked piece end with the last two paragraphs that appear to support the protesters? To wit:

An Encinitas version, called Occupy North County, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Encinitas Boulevard and Coast Highway 101. For more information on that event, go to Facebook.com and search for Occupy North County.

The overall movement’s slogan is “We are the 99,” as a reference to the discrepancy of wealth between the top 1 percent of wage earners in the country compared to the rest. The demonstrators are demanding financial reform that deals with rising student loan debt, high unemployment, and tax rates.

onlineanalyst on October 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM

tryin’ to take one for the team. Like a dennis rodman flop…..

ted c on October 14, 2011 at 4:04 PM

*up-twinkles*

Roy Rogers on October 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM

To a mob, generosity is a sign of weakness.

Before the storming of the Bastille, the commander of the garrison surrendered, rather than continue struggling against the mob. The result? His head was used as a kickball, and then placed on a pike.

It’s also worth noting that while the Bastille was a notorious symbol of the oppression of freedom-loving protesters, no political prisoners were in the Bastille when it was taken.

hawksruleva on October 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Zuccotti Park: Giving new meaning to an old phrase; “honey-pot”

Roy Rogers on October 14, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Hope it rains or snows, for a week…

reshas1 on October 14, 2011 at 4:12 PM

We were beginning to have a huge problem with these protesters here in Big Sandy Texas! We got creative and took care of the problem…and shipped about 3 tons of barbeque to those poor fellas there occupying wallstreet! Ya’ll are welcome!

BadMojo on October 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

http://gothamist.com/2011/10/14/video_nypd_scooter_runs_over_nation.php

That is so funny. The second video shows that when the motorcycle stopped there was no one around, and then you could see the guy scooch his legs over to be next to the wheel.

pedestrian on October 14, 2011 at 4:14 PM

OWS my laig!

forest on October 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Hoover had his……no the DOTUS has his…all across the country.

OBAMAVILLES!!!!

PappyD61 on October 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM

John Wiley Price pulled the same crap week after week in Dallas for years. You may recognize the name. He is the idiot who thought the term “black hole” is racist. And at a later date he had some TEA party protestors reading some demands to the Dallas City Council referring to him as the Mulah(he’s a muslim) of the City Council and he said, “I don’t care what you say, you are all white”. He later explained that he thought they were calling him a racist term from the 1800′s used to insult Italians… Just can’t make this stuff up.

jeffn21 on October 14, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Price is a muslim now? I thot he was a deacon in good standing at that Oakcliff church on the south edge of I30 where the freeway used to hook around it (looking at the rest of the freeway, a straight line would have gone right thru the property). Oh well, that was back in the late 80s when I used to live in the metroplex.

AH_C on October 14, 2011 at 4:18 PM

The only recourse for the many businesses and residents who are suffering in that neighborhood is to sue Brookfield Properties and the City for damages.

You can’t expect a NYC business to stand up to Democratic officials’ pressure – the threats of retaliation are only too real. And Bloomberg has the spine of an earthworm.

Hit ‘em in the pocketbooks, that will get their attention. Ask for big numbers. The park is violating its own rules and disrupting commerce, traffic, and neighborhood life, it should be a slam dunk case.

Adjoran on October 14, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Watching the video made me think of Rachel Corrie, later canonized as St. Pancake, who didn’t get out of the way of a bulldozer.

KyMouse on October 14, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I see a lot of smoking and coffee drinking going on. Are they growing their own tobacco and coffee beans in the park – or buying it from capitalist pigs? Amazing how they can make concessions when it fits their “wants, needs and desires.”

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2011 at 5:01 PM

It’s time to bring on the teargas and the National Guard. This is utterly ridiculous.

I am so ashamed of these idiots.

disa on October 14, 2011 at 5:03 PM

How many are using smart phones? Shouldn’t the cameramen be using charcoal and a rock to sketch images? Are they taking donations online?

Mr_Magoo on October 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

LarryD on October 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM

I read somewhere that one of the groups was issued a 4 month permit (for which some city bureaucrat should be fired!!), although it may not have been in NY.

I suppose, if they had kept their protest confined to private property, no permit would have been necessary – in which case, the police should cite and arrest any protester who steps foot out of Zuccotti park. Even with a permit, they don’t have the right to interrupt commerce or pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Wingo on October 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

They’re all little narcissists and egomaniacs who think the world revolves around them.

Their little chants of “the whole world’s watching” stuff. I mean come on, these people have really blown this thing up in their own minds thinking they’re really doing something earth shattering.

ButterflyDragon on October 14, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I asked my wife at lunch today what she thought of this whole ‘occupy’ protest movement.

She didn’t even know what I was talking about.

Seems real people with families and kids and jobs who aren’t ‘news junkies’ pretty much don’t know and don’t much care about these infantile a$$hats.

Midas on October 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Regardless, the lesson here is that the city and the landlord didn’t buy anything with their appeasement this morning; they just emboldened the OWS protestors to make a violent confrontation elsewhere

Kind of like dealing with Islam. No lessons have been learned there so it is unlikely anyone has learned anything.

BL@KBIRD on October 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

These 2 children have more courage and strength and better priorities than the whole OWS crowd combined.
Chitownmom on October 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I saw this several months ago and was astonished at what the journey required in order to have the children attend school.

ya2daup on October 14, 2011 at 5:19 PM

I see a lot of smoking and coffee drinking going on. Are they growing their own tobacco and coffee beans in the park

Doncha know, they’re only smoking American Spirit’s and rollin their own from Native American tobacce.

As for the coffee, it’s fair trade coffee imported only from non-capitalist nations ruled by benevolent dictators.

Keep it straight now, man, jeezebus. *down twinkles* for you.

Jason Coleman on October 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Really liked how the cop parked his cycle on the scum’s leg and told him to get up.

Also like the scum’s screaming like he’s really hurt.

How soon before the cops starts swinging night sticks while shouting “Stop Resisting!” While the scum obligingly chants:
“Stop Resisting!”.

Jack Deth on October 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Adverse Possession Brookfield. You might as well give them the property.

txmomof6 on October 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Their little chants of “the whole world’s watching” stuff. I mean come on, these people have really blown this thing up in their own minds thinking they’re really doing something earth shattering.
ButterflyDragon on October 14, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Becuase they are just like the Communards of Paris in 1871: in society’s vanguard and manning the barricades … right?

ya2daup on October 14, 2011 at 5:22 PM

The popcorn is popping!
The popcorn is popping!
The popcorn is popping!

ya2daup on October 14, 2011 at 5:28 PM

The opening paragraph of this WSJ editorial is a bit misleading, but the complete text lays the blame for the frustration of the protesters and the unemployed on DC, particularly the administration’s policies and the Dems’ legislation.

Good editorial and worth a save.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203499704576625302455112990.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

onlineanalyst on October 14, 2011 at 5:33 PM

To be safe, the evil doctors should amputate the faker’s foot and steal his tonsils, which were ruptured by his screaming like the little wussy he is.

Christien on October 14, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Downward twinkles to you dude.

Tim_CA on October 14, 2011 at 5:37 PM

. . . just when you couldn’t think any less of lawyers.

BigAlSouth on October 14, 2011 at 5:42 PM

LMAO at the faker! I needed a good laugh. That screaming was hilarious.

juliesa on October 14, 2011 at 5:44 PM

It is obviously faked. Look closely, at first his leg is under the front wheel, then next second, he scotches both legs under the back wheel when he realized his leg was no longer near the tire.

truetexan on October 14, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Oh, and the motorcycle wasn’t moving.

truetexan on October 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Hah, the faker is from the National Lawyers Guild. They’re the commies who like to help out terrorists.

juliesa on October 14, 2011 at 5:52 PM

What a joke.

CW on October 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM

They’ve got a big party planned for tomorrow night in Times Sq. Be a good time to clean the park while they’re out having a good time. Hey, Mayor no salt for thee, glad I’m not a NYC tourist this month.

Kissmygrits on October 14, 2011 at 6:04 PM

The guy supposedly is a Lawyer….he should be disbarred if so. He obviously is an unethical individual.

KMC1 on October 14, 2011 at 6:12 PM

A photographer from the New York Daily News says that the protestor, an attorney named Ari Douglas, faked getting run over…

He is one lunatic lawyer. Can he be disbarred for this behavior?

Fallon on October 14, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Aw hell. Give the little puxxy a vegan pizza and he’ll be all right.

This is so stupid, yet strangely funny; they’re trying so hard to be all sixties and shit…

Bloomberg is the biggest joke. Can you see Rudy or Hizzoner Ed Koch putting up with this farce?

hillbillyjim on October 14, 2011 at 6:16 PM

bring in the tanks

sbvft contributor on October 14, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Fake President

Fake protest

Fake accident

faraway on October 14, 2011 at 6:27 PM

I have been working out. Which is good. But the TV in front of the treadmill is on CBS. Which is bad.

I was shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, to see their report on #OWS included this event showing the edited version and the reporter, with a straight face intoning “And when the protestor kicked back at police, he was arrested.” They will have their Kent State event if they have to manufacture it.

I may have to give up walking. I don’t know if my heart can take it.

Lily on October 14, 2011 at 7:08 PM

The Soylent Green trucks are rolling…

Roy Rogers on October 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM

First the scoops, then the trucks.

roy_batty on October 14, 2011 at 7:08 PM

New York City and the owner of the private park where Occupy Wall Street protestors have camped

What am I missing here? If this is private property, they have no right to be there without the park owner’s consent. In other words, they are trespassing, right? Why are they being allowed to trespass on private property?

xblade on October 14, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Just how many soccer players at at this protest, anyway?

Reaps on October 14, 2011 at 7:58 PM

ObamaVille 2011

…..all of America, January 20, 2017.

PappyD61 on October 14, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Kind of like dealing with Islam. No lessons have been learned there so it is unlikely anyone has learned anything.
BL@KBIRD on October 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I’ve long since stated that the commies have more in common with radical Islam orvislam in general

The a$$wipes if they were in Iraq would no doubt be singing moqtadas praises while relishing the oppression of sharia law

Issue the louiville sluggers a swing for the feces I say!

Sonosam on October 14, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM great post. to sharpen it the opening should have started, ladies, gentlemen please recited your full name, and recite after me.

Then continue with your recital of the Miranda Rights.

When finished announce “Now ladies and gentlemen, t this point this is the only right you possess.

MSGTAS on October 15, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Bring on the flamethrowers. I love the smell of burning hippie in the morning.

pdigaudio on October 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM

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