BLOOMBERGVILLE ARREST

From Michael Friedman, who slept-out at Bloombergville last night:  We spent the night in front of Citibank, on Broadway – a legal, public space – across from City Hall, where we had been displaced the night before after police abrogated an earlier agreement  we had with them.  There were about 50 of us, split into two groups in order not to block the bank entrance.  At about 7 am, police began to gather and commenced harassing the group, apparently in response to complaints by the bank manager.  First, they demanded we remove signs from the walls.  Then it was signs leaning against the walls.  Finally, they put up barricades separating the two areas where we were sleeping.  A high school student, who has participated in the sleep-out since it started, was arrested for crossing from one area to the other with a sign in his hands.

AN ARREST BY THE NYPD FOR "ILLEGALLY BLOCKING PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC" - 6/14/11

Photo Courtesy of Yoni Golijov

Update: The student was released from custody shortly before noon.

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