Saturday, October 1st, 2011:
700 arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, after following uniformed police officers who seemed to be allowing and escorting the protesters. Halfway across the bridge, police blocked it off from both sides, and arrested everyone. It took more than three hours (some in a cold rainstorm) to get everyone cuffed and into buses. Protesters were non-violent and cooperative, here waiting in line to be arrested. The NYPD could have avoided the problem by not escorting protesters onto the bridge. The block of traffic would have been hours shorter if we had been allowed to simply cross over. The panic that ensued when protesters realized that police were closing in from both sides was quelled by fellow protesters on the walkway above, who shouted down news and instructions. Had they not been there, this could have been a *very* dangerous situation. We are all fortunate that no one was hurt.