One of the most interesting things to watch as the Occupy Wall Street movement spreads out across the nation has been the reaction of local law enforcement.
When I attended Occupy Austin, law enforcement was clearly visible, but maintained a very pleasant attitude — even posing for pictures and talking with local reporters.
In New York City and elsewhere, the feeling has been far less amicable.
Just last night, the Boston Police Department attempted to remove Occupiers who had overflowed onto a public greenway adjacent to the location where they have been camped out for more than a week.
The AP reports that Boston police had warned protesters for several hours that they would have to return to Dewey Square, where a tent city has been steadily growing and issued leaflets saying protesters could not occupy the greenway.
Eyewitnesses say that before the arrests and clearing of the park, the police surrounded it, lining up over a dozen paddy wagons along one side. They told members of the media to leave and not to film the proceedings.
Luckily, you no longer have to be a member of the press to record history as it unfolds. Shot by an onlooker, the video clip below clearly shows members of Veterans for Peace, an organization of U.S. military veterans who oppose war, being attacked and arrested by members of the Boston Police Department, their flags — including the American flag — being thrown to the ground:
A spokesperson for said the arrests began about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and were mostly for trespassing on the greenway, where a local conservancy group recently planted $150,000 worth of shrubs.
Image Credit: Flickr – samdmarshall