VIDEO: Police Turn Forceful as They Arrest 100 at Occupy Boston Scene

Protesters claim police action turned violent after midnight on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, when dozens of Occupy Boston demonstrators were arrested and officers demolished a second camp.

Early this morning Boston Police arrested protesters and demolished a new camp established on Monday by the Occupy Boston movement.

Occupy Boston organizers say at least 100 people were arrested and some eyewitness reports from the scene are charging Boston police with violence.

The original Occupy Boston protest zone in Dewey Square, near South Station, remains intact today. Sean Ryan, a former candidate for City Council, posted a photo of Police Commissioner Ed Davis standing in the area that had been cleared.

"Occupy Boston" protestors were , but, despite the openly stated intentions of protestors to only passively resist their evacuation, a number of officers were seen using what appeared to be excessive force against them. (Malden Patch editor Chris Caesar was on the scene.)

As midnight approached Monday, activists locked arms in a show of peaceful civil disobedience. Officers dressed in all-black quickly surrounded, slowly pushed and - some, but not all - employed aggressive physical force to move and arrest them.

Officers were also seen assaulting non-threatening bystanders and using force on subjects who clearly seem to be already complying with their evacuation orders.

The police action came only at the group's second tent city on the Rose Kennedy Greenway where park patrons had recently spent $150,000 to spruce it up, according to a report in the Boston Herald. Mayor Menino had asked the group to leave the area by midnight and police moved in about 1:30 a.m. 

Protesters said they had expected arrests, but not with the degree of force displayed by some of the officers.

The Boston Police released a statement on Monday night:

"Protestors have been asked to return to their original camp site on the Greenway and leave the area of the Greenway by Pearl Street where they expanded to earlier today," said a statement from Boston Police Media Relations. "That particular section of the Greenway recently underwent a renovation of the green space by the Greenway Conversancy. We have been communicating that request to protestors in various ways including in person, Twitter and flyers."

According to police, print copies of this message were distributed at the second camp that was later dispersed:

The Boston Police Department has continued to respect your right to peacefully protest. The BPD is also obligated to maintain public order and safety. We ask for your ongoing cooperation.

What the BPD expects from Occupy Boston Participants:
• Respect police instructions and, if asked to leave an area, please do so peacefully, taking your belongings with you.
• Don’t engage in negative behavior, such as fighting, throwing objects, or destroying property.
• If you are noticed by the BPD that you are unlawfully assembling, or trespassing, you will not be allowed to remain in the area. Please immediately leave the area with your belongings, or you will be subject to arrest.

What Occupy Boston Participants can expect from the BPD:
• BPD will arrest those knowingly in violation of the law if necessary.
• Police will employ the use of video-cameras in areas surrounding the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The video will be used to capture the images of individuals who are engaging in disorder. Those images will then be used to lodge criminal complaints in a follow-up investigation conducted by Boston Police detectives.
• Officers will conduct themselves in a professional, respectful and proportional manner.

Know the Laws:

Unlawful Assembly
• In the event that 5 or more armed people or 10 or more people are unlawfully, riotously or tumultuously assembled, the police can demand that they immediately and peaceably disperse.
• Any person who unlawfully assembles and does not disperse after being ordered is subject to arrest and imprisonment of up to 1 year or a fine between $100 and $500.

• Remaining upon land of another after having been forbidden to do so by a person who has lawful control over the premises.
• Any person who trespasses is subject to arrest and imprisonment of up to 30 days or a fine of up to $100.

Charlie Eakins October 11, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Screw the fascist pigs.
Earl Delrius October 11, 2011 at 01:47 PM
@Charlie; you're right, those fascist protesting pigs need to go do something productive.
Gregory Murphy October 11, 2011 at 01:53 PM
A Veteran of foreign War told me that three of his comrades were arrested. They had formed a line of defense between the cops and the protestors and were pushed and shoved to the ground by the cops . . . these were men and women in 50s, 60s and 70s.
IonOtter October 11, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Whoa, hey, this is new? The police aren't wearing MASKS! Holy cow, that is VERY new! Pay close attention to this, as it's very important. Previously, cops would wear face-concealing masks, helmets and other stuff to protect their identity. They'd also wear heavy body armor, helmets and carry riot gear. Not only does all that gear take a long time to put on, it's annoying to wear, and by the time you get to the site, you WANT to beat the snot out of someone. And all that gear makes it possible to tear people up with total anonymity and physical protection. These officers had uniforms, batons and scary haircuts, but no masks, no armor, no protection. That means they're going to be a LOT more polite, restrained and professional. It means the officers are now putting skin in the game. You can look them in the eye and see their faces. You can make a connection to them. Pay attention to this. It means that law enforcement-in Boston at least-is listening to social scientists, and so long as they keep this up, we have an excellent chance of getting what we're all hoping to achieve.
Charlie Eakins October 11, 2011 at 02:16 PM
I was talking about the cops, there Mr. man in blue.
kooklafram October 11, 2011 at 02:32 PM
The momentum and power of this movement cannot be denied. I am hopeful for the future of my country for the first time in 30 years.
Cory Gudwin October 12, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Actually, you may want to re-check the Financial District right now. Power and Momentum seem to have petered out..... However, I agree with nostagia for 30 years ago: Early Reagan years saw the US emerge from a horrible recession left by Jimmy Carter. Heavy military spending was a major factor in getting out of that recession.
Brian L October 13, 2011 at 01:28 AM
A better indication on whether the police used excessive force is how many people were hospitalized or treated at the scene for injuries. At last count... Zero! So much for the brutality. The police showed alot of restraint. Many were spat upon. That's assault & battery folks


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