Police Arrest 130 ‘Occupy Chicago’ Protesters In Grant Park

UPDATED 10/24/11 7:29 a.m.

 CHICAGO (CBS) — For the second week in a row, anti-Wall Street protesters marched through downtown, and once again, they were arrested.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, early Sunday morning, the sidewalk near the Central District police station, 1718 S. State St., was filled with members of the Occupy Chicago movement – waiting for their compatriots to be released.

Police say about 130 had been arrested.

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Most demonstrators were eventually released, but Occupy Chicago Spokeswoman Ashley Bohrer said at least two protesters – both arrested last weekend and this weekend – were still locked up.

Bohrer accused police of ”forcing these two brave, courageous people to sit in jail another night, absolutely needlessly.”

Those arrested this weekend spent at least 12 hours in jail, hours longer than their counterparts last weekend.

Some of the people arrested this weekend were also arrested a week earlier, and thus, police say, violated the conditions of their bail. They now must stay in custody until they go before a judge.

Those who were released appeared to be in good spirits Sunday. Still, they claimed they were not treated well by police.

“They wouldn’t let anyone make phone calls. They gave out Wonder Bread – wow, fantastic – and they were just pretty much yelling at us that we put ourselves there,” said protester Kari Peters.

The Police Department responded, saying in arresting and holding the protesters, officers were not unreasonable and followed police department policy.

Occupy Chicago spokesman Joshua Kaunert vowed after the arrests that protests would continue.

“We’re not going anywhere. There are still plenty of us,” Kaunert told The Associated Press after the arrests, which took police more than an hour to complete.

police began taking people into custody just before 1 a.m. Sunday. Those arrested were led in groups to vans and two large white buses as others clamored to be arrested.

“Take me next! Take me next!” some shouted as police began the arrests. Others chanted as they were led away: “We’ll be back!”

Officers had begun placing metal barricades around the area of Chicago’s Grant Park known as Congress Plaza about 11:10 p.m. Saturday, minutes after the park had closed. Afterward, police then went through the crowd and warned people to leave or risk arrest for remaining in the closed park in violation of a city ordinance.

Several of the protesters who stayed inside the barricades in the park sat on the ground. Others locked arms as police circled and then began arresting people.

“One: We are the people! Two: We are united! Three: The occupation is not leaving!” demonstrators shouted. Others joined in from just outside the park.

The question is – what if the demonstrators got a permit, like Lollapalooza, for example.

“I don’t believe a permit was applied for,” Bohrer said. “There are some strategic reasons why applying for a permit, in some sense, concedes the ground that our right to peaceably assemble applies without restriction.”

As those who were not arrested waited outside the police station, their cell phones charged in an outdoor station outlet.

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  • Diane

    They are trashing the city. Arrest/deport ALL of them!!

  • LOTD

    These little socialists have become much to annoying. They are lucky that things are much more PC now, otherwise these cops would be beating them and using tear gas. An overwhelming majority of them are obama worshippers and much like their “messiah” have NO answers or work experince and only know how to point the finger of blame at someone else.

  • jim alex

    what time do these idiots go to work??

    • Border Agent 69

      they don’t have job because the GLOBALIST are killing the economy and sending jobs over seas so it’s only the 1% rich and the poor this is why they’re protesting.I thought Obama was gonna save the world I bet 90% of people out there protesting voted for him.

      • FAH-Q to whoever deleted my comment!

        Take a look at another great democratic president – Clinton!!! Do you actually think NAFTA helped create jobs in the USA?? Obama’s new free trade deal will further fuk this country! I’m not siding with the fed or the banks, that’s for da mn sure, criminals that should be shot in both sectors!!! You are correct about these people voting for obama, and I would say the percentage is closer to 99%!!!! As for yor comment about the “commie state” and freedom of speech………..you are way the he ll off!!! IL is a lousy liberal sanctuary state that fully supports these @ ss holes, but the rules at grant park are for EVERYONE to follow. Why should these protestors be given special treatment????

    • Exactly

      Great point!! They seem to be protesting over the lack of jobs, but they don’t seem to be interested in looking for one!!!

  • Border Agent 69

    God forbid question them big bankers that are controlling the FEDERAL RESERVE and stolen trillions of dollars without punishment.People need to wake up the FED is owned by bankers not the U.S govt and our making trillions by stealing and charging you to borrow your own money.What ever happen to free speech only in the commie state off ILLINOIS are these people being arrested why?

    • Dumb Border Agent

      ha “commie state of illinois”?? This is why you people are so stupid. Illinois is the most bankrupt state in the country for years of union promises and free handouts to the liberals all over the state. Illinois is the farthest thing from a commie state. I dont think you even know what you are talking about. I suggest you get educated. Where were these hippies in 2008 when the bailout happened? Why isnt congress being protested? These people are absolute morons.


    these idiots should consider themselves lucky they are not in Libya. The new leader of Libya says…SHARIA LAW will be in effect. So, protesters like this…would have their hands cut off or their tongues cut out as punishment. So, hows the new regime in Libya working out for ya USA. If you think Mo Gaddafi was bad…wait till ya get a load of the new guy

  • LOTD

    Testing, testing…………..

  • http://scoperadio.wordpress.com scoperadio

    i hope there a riot and they burn your houses down, dumb ass p*ussy’s

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