They can’t say they weren’t warned

Police Release Video Of Officers Warning Protestors At Occupy Wall Street March Across Brooklyn Bridge

Police have released two videos that show officers warning hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protestors who marched across the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday that demonstrators will be arrested if they do not get off the roadway.

In each video, an NYPD officer is reading a statement into a bullhorn.

In the first video, the officer says in part:

“I am ordering you to leave this roadway now. If you do so voluntarily, n0 charges will be placed against you. If you refuse to leave, you will be placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct. If you do not wish to be arrested, you must leave this area now.”

As the officer is giving the warning, protestors can be heard chanting what sounds like “Take the bridge!” and “This is what democracy looks like!”


This really pisses me off because if they focused this energy they might actually accomplish something. I’m beginning to think that’s the point.

While the protestors are marching around Wall Street and chanting about greed, they aren’t costing the bankers a dime. They also aren’t supporting a primary challenger to Obama.

They aren’t even talking about him.

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57 Responses to They can’t say they weren’t warned

  1. CJK says:

    Completely agree.

  2. SYD says:

    This particular group has no idea that Obama is not their “friend.” They are that clueless, I believe.

  3. djmm says:

    Excellent post, Myiq!

    This is totally ineffective if they wanted to actually get something done. They should be marching to their Senators and Reps and the White House demanding additional regulation and taxation of Wall Street, and threaten to vote the bums out if they do not act.

    This is a tactic designed to pit one set of Americans against the other — neither of whom include people on Wall Street, who, by the way, is likely laughing at these idiots.


  4. DandyTiger says:

    If they can make a message that resonates with the working class, they will get somewhere. Stick to the economy and jobs and how wall street and banksters have done a lot of harm. Keep it simple. Could be interesting. But sadly I’m not sure they get that or even agree with that if they got it.

    • “Stick to the economy and jobs and how wall street and banksters have done a lot of harm. Keep it simple.”

      Maybe they’d get around to that (and to blaming Obama) if they weren’t being personally attacked. By the liberals who are already opposing Obama. Like us.

      • DandyTiger says:

        Yep, it’s all our fault. No wait, IBSP.

      • DeniseVB says:

        It’s not a protest, it’s an angry flash mob. I can call that stupid if I want.

        Judging by the billions of dollars of CORPORATE technology they’re using, I can call them hypocrites too.

        • How much corporate technology are we using to post here?

          Look, the fact that a few corporations have all the technology sewed up — is one REASON for protesting them.

        • WMCB says:

          If you are saying “enforce the law, reinstate Glass Steagall, and perp walk the illegal market manipulators” you look fine with a cell phone and laptop.

          Tweeting “Kill Capitalism” on your cellphone just makes you an idiot.

        • “enforce the law, reinstate Glass Steagall, and perp walk the illegal market manipulators”

          You’re smart with phrases. How would you say that in c. 15 letters?

        • Three Wickets says:

          It’s not much more complicated than that. Enforce already existing financial laws (don’t let people work around them so easily as they are today), break up the big banks (separate saving from speculating), send some top people to jail (set an example for moral hazard). Think that’s more words than WMCB used. How bout: Enforce Laws, Breakup Banks, Jailtime.

        • djmm says:

          “How would you say that in c. 15 letters?”

          Run Hillary run!

      • 1539days says:

        Maybe they should stop being asshats.

  5. Got hope? (snark font)

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Hey protest people, Obama is just not that into you guys. While you eat cold pizza on the streets, or cold damp holding cells of New York …. the man who’s chain you really need to jiggle was here:

    I suppose $300 could have fed quite a few of you ?

  7. Dario says:

    All I know is that if asshats were to block bridges in the Bay Area, I’d want each demonstrator to be arrested. I’d be pissed.

  8. 1539days says:

    The Tea Party didn’t have week-long sit-ins waiting for the media. They went to town halls, they had rallies on the weekend and holidays so they could still go to work. Then they voted. That’s what a movement looks like.

    • ralphb says:


      • myiq2xu says:

        I don’t remember the Tea Partiers getting arrested for blocking bridges or anything.

        • WMCB says:

          Tea parties are also famous for being incredibly law-abiding and leaving areas cleaner than they found them. They actually brought trash bags to their rallies, and cleaned every scrap up as they left.

          They also didn’t futilely yell at the banks for getting bailed out. They yelled at the ones doing the bailing.

        • 1539days says:

          That reminds me of some of the stories about the 8/28 “Glenn Beck” rally. They had a permit to hold the rally, but park employees apparently left the garbage cans full so no one could use them. People knew the drill and brought their own bags.

          The important thing is that media was obsessed with using a measuring tape on the event. CBS found a place that gave them a low-ball estimate of 85,000. But those people voted a few months later and turned Congress upside down.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Days ~ I was at the Beck rally (he paid for everything out of his own pocket, though raised a few million for the troops that day). I walked to the event at 6 a.m. from the mid mall L’Enfant hotel. Funny, I noticed EVERY Mall trashcan was already full ? At 6 a.m.? The museums closed around 5 or 7 pm the night before. I never thought about that again til you just posted that. 🙂

        • Hell, they didn’t even get arrested for openly carrying firearms.

        • 1539days says:

          No, but the black guy carrying a weapon is accused of being racist on MSNBC.

  9. Jeffhas says:

    Tea Partier’s? – that ol’ ‘Astroturf’ movement…

    I wonder what Pelosi thinks of the Tea Party now – biggest wipeout in midterm history, pushing legislation ever more to the right… I imagine she’s thrilled with her choice of Obama – after all, she’s still the most powerful woman in Washington (and don’t you try and tell her otherwise).

  10. Lola-at-Large says:

    Those of you wondering if this OWS thing had a whiff of the manufactured about it, here is spoonbabyspoon giving it his best White House spin:

    A strong piece of evidence, I would think.

    • WMCB says:

      Having a protest about the banks and the economy with no mention whatsoever of Obama is like having an anti Iraq war rally where George Bush’s name never comes up.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Yes spoony gets it right in the last paragraph ….

      If the needless arrest of 700 protesters yesterday, including small children doesn’t inflame passion to help take our democracy back, it’s hard to know what will.

      Yes, the arrests were needless because they had a choice to leave the bridge, but they just sat down. Thank God they live in this country!

      Inflame passion? How about for those stuck in the traffic trying to get to their JOBS ? I’m sure what was inflamed was not passion.

      • WMCB says:

        I seriously doubt they booked any small children.

        And if you want to go do civil disobedience, don’t take your small kids, moron. I’m more pissed at the parents who had small kids there to use as narrative and meme tools than I am at the police.

        • myiq2xu says:

          That kid keeps getting younger and younger. Tomorrow it will be a baby.

        • 1539days says:

          If they didn’t arrest a parent because the kid was with them, every idiot would bring their kid the next time. Or the police could have left the kids with no supervision.

        • DeniseVB says:

          The two big peace marches I attended in Dc and NYc had many families pushing babies, the elderly and disabled. Though the media managed to find the kooks, the nasty Bush signs, and the LaRouche Nazi’s. Oh wait, the media found the kooks, nasty Obama signs and the LaRouche Nazi’s at the DC Tea Party rally too. I think they also found the ONE kook with the poster of dead fetuses? Got’em on both sides since some on the anti-war side have dead babies from collateral damages.

          Whose side is the media on anyhow ? 😛

        • 1539days says:

          Their corporate masters

  11. ralphb says:

    “Obama Grassroots Challenge Fails to Meet Goal”

    Heh, heh poor baby.

  12. ralphb says:

    My Dad for President

    On the 20th anniversary of the day her father, Bill Clinton, announced his candidacy for the presidency, Chelsea Clinton remembers telling her parents why she supported them—and the important lessons of the campaign.

    When my father announced his campaign for president on Oct. 3, 1991, I had already cast my vote in favor of his candidacy. My parents had first talked to me about my father potentially running in 1987. When they broached the subject again four years later, we talked for a couple of weeks about how a national campaign for president would be different—and yet not very different—from an Arkansas gubernatorial campaign. We also talked, as we generally did, over our nightly family dinners about the challenges and opportunities facing our country—as well as why my father felt called to lead and run (in that order) and why my mother felt equally called to support and work with him. Ultimately, my parents were unambiguous in their message. Both believed my father was uniquely prepared to lead, both believed he could win, and both never wavered in their assertion that if I did not want him to run, he wouldn’t. I have never for a moment regretted telling my parents I supported their decision and I have always been grateful that at least over our breakfast table early one September morning, I voted for my dad for president, a privilege I never had at the ballot box.

    • catarina says:

      “The official Occupy Wall Street website vehemently supports Obama’s tax agenda, again in the deluded belief that Obama, the ultimate Wall Street puppet, genuinely wants to go after big corporations who use loopholes to avoid paying income tax.”

    • yttik says:

      Apparently one of the protestors held a sign that said, “A government is an entity which holds the monopolistic right to initiate force.”

      The saddest part about some of these protesters is that they seem to have no concept of what civil liberties are. A Gov with the power to step in and force the agenda you want on everyone else is a Gov that can just start shooting protesters.

      It reminds me of a protester last year that had a sign in Oregon that said, “America is a fascist state!” Dude, if your standing on a public street corner with a sign like that and still breathing, you aren’t living in a fascist state. Not yet anyway. Keep advocating that the Gov be given even more power and we’ll see what happens

    • No, the OWS website is critical of Obama. One of their forum posts makes fun of him and says they should picket his fundraising event. Another is sceptical of him, says they should write him letters trying to get him to support them, but the comments are all anti-Obama. I posted them on another thread and at

      Have you found anything at their website that actually supports him?

      Inforwars is full of BS.

  13. SO maybe NYPD behavior is kind of relevant, after all….


    “JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple.”

    READ MORE AT: – The donation is currently story 13 of 20 on their homepage:

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