DC next to crack down on Occupy protests?

posted at 9:50 am on November 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

It took an old woman getting shoved down the steps at the DC Convention Center last Friday to get police in the nation’s capital to take some action against the increasingly violent Occupy movement.  After a number of assaults and clashes with security last week during the AFP “Defending the American Dream” conference, the chief of police announced yesterday that Occupy DC was “no longer a peaceful protest“:

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Monday that her department is adjusting its tactics in response to Occupy D.C.’s “increasingly confrontational and violent” demonstrations, following the actions of other U.S. cities looking to evict  — or at least crack down  — on what officials are characterizing as unruly protesters.

The chief’s tough talk changed the tone of what had been about a month of congenial relations between protesters and authorities. It came after a Friday night incident in which several people attending a downtown event where the protesters were demonstrating were hurt.

“Five people that we are aware of were injured,” Chief Lanier said in a statement issued Monday. “That is no longer a peaceful protest.”

Chief Lanier’s statement also included links to videos that police say support their claims that the protesters are becoming more aggressive. In one video, protesters appear to use children to block an entrance.

Lanier declined to say what action the police will take with the Occupiers.  One option might be actually showing up.  The protesters blocked the exits at the Convention Center, a dangerous tactic that could have ended in disaster.  Where was the fire marshal?  Where were the police, who should have either moved the protest back to the sidewalks or started carting off people who refused to keep exits clear?  It’s fine that the police now want to start taking some action, but what took place last week at the convention center should be investigated to determine whether the police deliberately ignored the violations, and if so, why.

Not all Occupy protests are exactly the same, of course.  In New York, for example, the Occupy Wall Street crowd refuses to feed the homeless “freeloaders” who wander into their camp.  In Boston, the Occupiers insist on eating the food intended for the homeless:

Occupy Boston has been encouraging protesters to take showers, hot meals and shelter meant for the homeless, prompting a St. Francis House manager to ask the downtown campers to remove directions from their Internet newspaper.

The online publication that calls itself “Occupy Boston Globe” posts meal times and shower hours at St. Francis House on Boylston Street, which runs on private donations and state and federal funding.

“We don’t want there to be a message to other people that we’re offering something different to them,” said St. Francis services director Andrea Ryan. She said she asked Occupy Boston to take the posting down, but because the shelter does not turn anyone away, Occupiers are free to use the shelter’s showers and meal lines.

Why do Occupiers want to take food from the mouths of the truly poor and downtrodden?  Because, er … they can get away with it:

Andy Claude, in Occupy’s logistics tent, said he sees no problem with protestors using services intended for the city’s poor.

“It’s for anybody; they’ve opened it to anyone who is in need,” said Claude. …

But Robb Zarges, of the youth shelter Bridge Over Troubled Water, said, “There’s a difference between choosing to sleep somewhere, versus being kicked out of your home.”

Well, at least they’re not pushing old ladies down steps to get to the food.  Yet.  Meanwhile, Steven Crowder decided to go to Zuccotti Park to provide the Occupy Wall Street movement with what it lacks — a leader. He runs into a number of colorful characters, including the notorious Lotion Man, and discovers that no one there really has any idea what they want. Best moment: An Occupy vendor selling buttons tells Crowder, “Don’t make me guilty because you have no money.” Exactly.

Update: Here’s the Mother of the Year candidate from Friday putting her children in front of a car trying to leave the Convention Center in DC:

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Crowder’s facial expressions crack me up. I didn’t know he was from Austin.

juliesa on November 8, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Wow. Just like a tea party!

lorien1973 on November 8, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Whaddaya know? You put a radical socialist community organizer in office and… VOILA!
Nice job America! We’re so enlightened and stuff.

Sugar Land on November 8, 2011 at 9:59 AM

We need more Crowder plumber butt!

I think he was a little drunk.

I think he was a little stoned out of his gourd.

NotCoach on November 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM

D.C.’s income depends a lot on tourists! Tourists are bypassing NYC because they don’t want to be hassled and assualted by loons.

Bob in VA on November 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Next stop for these cities and their PC,LA like Skidrows that will never go away.

docflash on November 8, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Occupiers terrorize us: eatery

A business owner near the Occupy Wall Street encampment claims she has been repeatedly harassed and threatened with bodily harm by protesters after she and her employees refused to give in to their outlandish demands.
“I’ve been told, ‘Watch your back!’ 10 times,” Stacey Tzortzatos, owner of Panini & Co. Breads, located across from Zuccotti Park, told The Post yesterday.
She and her employees are terrified by the constant threats, which she said began after she demanded the protesters stop using her shop’s restroom as a place to bathe every day.
The final straw came about two weeks ago, when the demonstrators broke a bathroom sink, flooding the shop, and clogged the toilet — setting her back $3,000 in damages.

She put up a sign that said the bathroom was out of order, but they tore it down shortly afterward, she said.
PHOTOS: WALL STREET PROTESTS
“I have the police in here 10 times a day, [and] I’m the bouncer. I’ve been called the spawn of the devil. “It’s unbelievable what goes on in here every day, ” Tzortzatos said.

EVICT THE SCUM.

Sharke on November 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM

I didn’t know he was from Austin.

He’s from Quebec.

keep the change on November 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Hahaha… I got 28 seconds into the video before I was cracking up!

Crowder is too damn good.

Abby Adams on November 8, 2011 at 10:07 AM

The protesters blocked the exits at the Convention Center, a dangerous tactic that could have ended in disaster.

These cities are setting themselves up for disaster through their dereliction of duty and selective enforcement of ordinances.

forest on November 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM

How many times have we heard the “we’re going to get tough” talk from lefty mayors and police chiefs? Truth is, they always cave in.

Blake on November 8, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Huh, who would have thought that appeasing savages wouldn’t be a smart tactic. Now all these cities have allowed the protesters to get entrenched, and the evicting will all the more ugly.

Bishop on November 8, 2011 at 10:16 AM

at least they’re not pushing old ladies down steps to get to the food. Yet.

It’s coming. Just give them a little more time.

oldleprechaun on November 8, 2011 at 10:18 AM

I keep thinking that Crowder’s face has to be so familiar to the libs by now, that he’s going to have to stop doing this clandestine ‘mingling with the enemy’ activity.

But then he goes out and DOES IT AGAIN! SUCCESSFULLY!

You’re a stronger person than I am, Steven.
God bless you.

listens2glenn on November 8, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Bishop on November 8, 2011 at 10:16 AM

If they were smart they would hand out free “brownies” before evicting them.

NotCoach on November 8, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Maybe Steven Crowder can get his shirt signed by our public officials who are endorsing this new communist movement?

Rovin on November 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Ah HA! Provocatooors! False flag operation! Proof of infiltraitors!!!

Kenosha Kid on November 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM

I keep thinking that Crowder’s face has to be so familiar to the libs by now, that he’s going to have to stop doing this clandestine ‘mingling with the enemy’ activity.

But then he goes out and DOES IT AGAIN! SUCCESSFULLY!

You’re a stronger person than I am, Steven.
God bless you.

listens2glenn on November 8, 2011 at 10:18 AM

The Left knows much less about us than we know about them. We listen better than they do.

thuja on November 8, 2011 at 10:22 AM

The guy is whining that the media always focuses on the loons. But they are all loons.

And they kicked Lotion Man out? Hahahahaha!

Blake on November 8, 2011 at 10:22 AM

God, he is so funny…I like how he was getting a free button.

Wack jobs…there is no point, except to put people out of worked.

Also check out the Peter Schiff videos

Oil Can on November 8, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Occupy North Korea!

profitsbeard on November 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Heh — Steve keeps needing a mic for his human mic!

The yoga’s hilarious.

inviolet on November 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM

I keep seeing these reports the blue governed, blue voting cities are going to crack down and yet I see little of crack downs. Is someone emailing these officials President Expiration Date’s playbook?

Dusty on November 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM

The Left knows much less about us than we know about them. We listen better than they do.

thuja on November 8, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Precisely so. Well said.

inviolet on November 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Jeebus…they have little shrines set up everywhere, and dudes are just sitting there doing nothing but….sitting there.

Bishop on November 8, 2011 at 10:27 AM

[Sharke on November 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM]

She needs a pump action shotgun. If I were her, I’d get a lawyer to send the bill for damages to Bloomberg.

Dusty on November 8, 2011 at 10:29 AM

If they were smart they would hand out free “brownies” before evicting them.
NotCoach on November 8, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Or announce that a job fair is being held at Times Square by big corporations and banks, the OWS would be stampeding each other to get there.

Bishop on November 8, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Why does Mom of the year still have those children? Putting them in front of a van trying to leave. One would have thought Child Protective Services would be involved by now.

She is either monumentally stupid, or evil. Either way she doesn’t deserve to keep them.

inviolet on November 8, 2011 at 10:30 AM

The 2nd greatest achievement of American protesters in the 20th century: Discovering that “ho” rhymes with “go.”

29Victor on November 8, 2011 at 10:30 AM

van = car

inviolet on November 8, 2011 at 10:32 AM

“Lotion Man” made a cameo. Nice!

Flyboy on November 8, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Aren’t they ALL just special snowflakes.

irongrampa on November 8, 2011 at 10:34 AM

My favorite part: When Crowder quietly confesses that it take every fiber of his being to restrain himself every time someone compliments his commie shirt.

Mord on November 8, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Police Remove ‘Lotion Man’ From Zuccotti Park

Unfair!

“Viral video star Danny “Lotion Man” Cline was removed from the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park by police early this morning and taken to New York Downtown Hospital for a psychological evaluation following days of allegedly disturbing behavior and an incident where he allegedly forcibly hugged a female protester [I'm pretty sure that Danny don't swing that way.] and threw himself on top of someone’s tent.”

Blake on November 8, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Occupy Wall Street is Obama’s America

Ouch.

Key West Reader on November 8, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Hey, isn’t the drunk kid at 7:15 the same little twit that is in this video?

kurtzz3 on November 8, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Why does Mom of the year still have those children? Putting them in front of a van trying to leave. One would have thought Child Protective Services would be involved by now.

She is either monumentally stupid, or evil. Either way she doesn’t deserve to keep them.

inviolet on November 8, 2011 at 10:30 AM

That was my thought. Why isn’t she being charged with Child Endangerment or the equivalent?

OBQuiet on November 8, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Hey, isn’t the drunk kid at 7:15 the same little twit that is in this video?

kurtzz3 on November 8, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Yes. Lotion Man. He’s now in Bellevue. He’s not crazy, just s street hustler.

Blake on November 8, 2011 at 10:49 AM

I don’t think the police need to do anything. The Occupy protests have begun to set up their own Kangaroo court system to handle any crimes that occur within their camps.
http://themorningspew.com/2011/11/08/occupy-los-angeles-sets-up-kangaroo-court/

bloggless on November 8, 2011 at 10:56 AM

“Don’t make me guilty ’cause you ain’t got no money.”

Precious.

princetrumpet on November 8, 2011 at 10:56 AM

It’s the same woman who tried to shove her kids through the glass door when the police were trying to close it. This is the second documented time that she has used her kids physically as human crow bars. Yeah, she should be reported to at least children’s services. But since social worker are all union donks, don’t plan on them doing anything to protect those kids from future abuse.

Blake on November 8, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Maybe Steven Crowder can get his shirt signed by our public officials who are endorsing this new communist movement?
Rovin on November 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM

You EVIL Capitalist, you.

How much would that shirt be worth with those signatures?

Steven could auction it off like Limbaugh did with that Ultimatum from the U.S. Senate to FOX News Radio.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

listens2glenn on November 8, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Sharke on November 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM

I’m thinking, Tort Suite. What’s that phrase … “Joint and several liability”.

Every identifiable member of OWS, their facilitators, organizers, and the fools who donate food, etc. Sue them all! The impacted merchants and residents should hire some detectives and trace back the organization as high as possible, it would be lovely if they could name George Soros et al. And don’t forget NYC and Mayor Bloomberg, this nuisance only got started because the city didn’t enforce permits, etc.

LarryD on November 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

She is either monumentally stupid, or evil.

inviolet on November 8, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I vote for both.

bigmacdaddy on November 8, 2011 at 11:32 AM

I can’t believe the conservative guy on the street with the serious camera didn’t know who Crowder was! I was hoping for a scene at the end where Steven let’s him in on the joke. Ah well.

drocity on November 8, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Crowder is brilliant.

jediwebdude on November 8, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Occupiers terrorize us: eatery

A business owner near the Occupy Wall Street encampment claims she has been repeatedly harassed and threatened with bodily harm by protesters after she and her employees refused to give in to their outlandish demands.
“I’ve been told, ‘Watch your back!’ 10 times,” Stacey Tzortzatos, owner of Panini & Co. Breads, located across from Zuccotti Park, told The Post yesterday.
She and her employees are terrified by the constant threats, which she said began after she demanded the protesters stop using her shop’s restroom as a place to bathe every day.
The final straw came about two weeks ago, when the demonstrators broke a bathroom sink, flooding the shop, and clogged the toilet — setting her back $3,000 in damages.

She put up a sign that said the bathroom was out of order, but they tore it down shortly afterward, she said.
PHOTOS: WALL STREET PROTESTS
“I have the police in here 10 times a day, [and] I’m the bouncer. I’ve been called the spawn of the devil. “It’s unbelievable what goes on in here every day, ” Tzortzatos said.

EVICT THE SCUM.

Sharke on November 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM

File this under: Things Easily Fixed with a Firearm

tom on November 8, 2011 at 12:31 PM

2 people got hit by a car in DC because they were ‘protesting’ in the streets instead of the sidewalks, according to the radio.

AnotherOpinion on November 8, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Update: Here’s the Mother of the Year candidate from Friday putting her children in front of a car trying to leave the Convention Center in DC:

Silly Rabbit, child endangerment laws don’t apply to liberals.

olesparkie on November 8, 2011 at 12:58 PM

The 2012 campaign ads are just writing themselves.

bloggless on November 8, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Best moment: An Occupy vendor selling buttons tells Crowder, “Don’t make me guilty because you have no money.” Exactly.

Gold.

Next RNC ad right there.

The Ugly American on November 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM

As repulsive as I find Lotion Man, he is neither a threat to himself or to others. The police really had no right to take him to Bellevue.

Blake on November 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I hope there’s a follow up to this. Mocking the morons is too simple.

Western_Civ on November 8, 2011 at 4:02 PM

99% with limited number of living brain cells left, morale, value system, ethics, common sense or, desire to do something for their nation except take.

MSGTAS on November 9, 2011 at 8:59 AM