Police State vs. Occupy Wall Street

“Time to go beat some hippies.” Random Police Officer (8:25am, November 15, 2011)

This photo was taken the morning after the surprise police raid that began at about 1 a.m. earlier that night that had emptied the park. Officers not only removed the protesters who had camped there for almost two months, but they also removed their tents, tarps and belongings. As the morning unfolded, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg defended the decision to clear the park, saying “health and safety conditions became intolerable.”

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