700 arrested after protesters at the Brooklyn Bridge in New York
Oct. 02 2011
NEW YORK — In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested more than 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The police said it was the marchers’ choice that led to the enforcement action.
“Protesters who used the Brooklyn Bridge walkway were not arrested,” Paul Browne, chief spokesman for the New York Police Department, said. “Those who took over the Brooklyn-bound roadway and impeded vehicle traffic were arrested.”
But many protesters said they believed the police had tricked them, allowing them onto the bridge, and even escorting them partway across, only to trap them in orange netting after hundreds had entered.
Things came to a head shortly after 4 p.m., as about 1,500 marchers reached the foot of the Brooklyn-bound car lanes of the bridge, just east of City Hall.