New York: Reports of Widespread Police Abuse Filter In
NYC Indymedia | August 31 2004
Chaos Descends on New York as Hundreds of Protesters Arrested
10:43 PM Receiving reports that security is apparently lax at the garden. It is possible, albeit highly risky, to walk into the convention undercover.
10:41 PM Things have calmed down at Union Square
10:39 PM Cops attempted to take an individual from crowd near Union Square but crowd physically "unarrested" him. Immediately afterward 100 riot cops moved in around subway entrances. All this near US on University and 14th.
10:18 PM An IMC reporter says he sees a white police armored humvee vehicle that he suspects may be an acoustical weapon at Union Square. A dispersal order has been given. Cops at the north end of the square have nets, telling people they must go south to leave.
10:14 PM At 33rd and 5th, 33rd and Broadway people are heckling delegates and cops are letting them do it.
09:57 PM We have confirmation that 11 IMC reporters have been arrested.
09:54 PM CORRECTION: MSNBC reported 800 arrests total during the RNC, 270 tonight. But they're wrong. Way more than that tonight.
09:49 PM Shannon from IL. IMC has been arrested. Cops have reportedly been telling IMC reporters to "f**k off."
09:43 PM MSNBC reports more than 800 people have been arrested tonight.
09:32 PM At least 4 vans full of arrestees have pulled away from 28th and Madison. Allegedly holding 7-8 people.
09:26 PM An NLG person reports that 75 - 100 people are being arres ted at 35th and 5th. A police van is being brought in.
09:21 PM On the north side of west 35th street and 6th avenue reports of 50 violent arrests- people being thrown to the ground and against walls. .
09:16 PM Receiving reports of numerous fires on Park Ave south. It is possible they were set by provocateurs.
09:03 PM Charles from Rochester IMC was arrested along with three other videographers at 33rd and 9th; several other videographers were reportedly picked up by police.
09:02 PM At 36th between Park and 6th Ave, violent arrests are occuring. Police gave a dispersal order. 200 people cannot leave because they are surrounded.
09:01 PM Trash fires are being reported on Park and Madison.
07:35 PM Reportedly people are being beaten while handcuffed both at 16th street and at Harold Square.
07:32 PM Indymedia reporter being denied exit from pen at 16th and irving, while "legit" media is being allowed to leave. Cop said "that's not media." Reportedly everyone on 16th will be arrested.
07:28 PM People are breaking through the nets at 34th and Broadway. 5 people have tied themselves to the barricades. Reportedly police are even being "very aggressive" with corporate media in this area.
06:51 PM At 42nd and 6th people are sitting down in the middle of the street to protest the mass arrests. They are being arrested one by one. Police are reportedly trying to arrest medics to prevent them from providing care to protesters.
06:41 PM Protesters leaving Union Sq. are heading north on 8th avenue approaching 28th. Cops have constructed wire cages in the street, riot cops approaching behind them, undercovers following behind them on scooters.
06:38 PM There are currently 400 people at Herald Square, where Republicans are speaking - giving interviews to networks. Riot cops are amassing.
06:30 PM Marches are converging around Herald Square at 34th and 6th, heading towards the Garden. There are reports of police violence there. Multiple busses of riot police are around 32nd / 34th and 6th. Several police reportedly are not wearing badge numbers. Mass arrests are now occuring in Harold Square.
06:26 PM At the NY Public Library, an older woman was hit in the face by an undercover cop, shocking those who witnessed the incident. Cops would not arrest the man despite the attempts of the woman who was struck.
06:20 PM Protesters from the library are at 42nd and 6th. 40 cops on scooters ran after protesters with nets. Apx. 50 have been entrapped with nets. Police attacked protesters within the nets. Reports of a cop using a bike to hit someone. Several hundred are in the surrounding area.