Protesters who blocked traffic Thursday and invited arrest declared victory and marched off after Police Chief Edward Flynn said that officers wouldn’t help them fulfill their “martyrdom fantasies” and that they could stay “and freeze their butts off.”…
Asked about the economic issues in the protest, Flynn told reporters, “If they’re angry about the economy, go to Wall Street. There’s 35% unemployment in this neighborhood. Who are they disrupting?”
Referring to below-freezing evening temperatures, Flynn said, “They can sit and freeze their butts off, I don’t care.”
Four people were arrested at the demonstration, according to a police spokeswoman.