On Saturday night – six months to the day protesters began occupying Wall Street – the New York Police Department brutally cracked down on a peaceful assembly of Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park. Daily Occ contributors @ShawnCarrie, @JustDallas and @DiceyTroop were forcefully arrested; Dicey was filming at the time and his arrest began with police grabbing for his camera/phone. @ShawnCarrie had his hand and head stomped upon and received medical treatment for a sprained thumb, jaw, and several lacerations.
Please click through for the Daily Occupiers’ recap of the day of celebration and night of brutality, including tweets, LiveStreams, other video, and personal accounts of the suppression of first amendment-protected activities.
#M17: One Story of Joy and Brutality
By: Carrie M.
March 17, the six-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, started off so nicely and remained a beautiful celebration for many hours. It ended with a total of more than 70 arrests, most of them astonishingly and unnecessarily brutal.
There are hundreds of individual stories of what people witnessed that day and night. This is just one.
To begin, while we personally and collectively work through the trauma of the violence perpetrated against OWS by the NYPD,
#M17: The Daily Occupier summary
The day began with hundreds of people peacefully assembling to Liberty Plaza to celebrate.
— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallSt) March 17, 2012