Response of the Police Is Expanding With Protests – NYTimes.com

12 Oct

“We don’t want people to think that we are being co-opted by other movements,” Mr. Philbrook said. “Occupy Chicago, like all the Occupy movements, stands apart from any political parties, stands apart from any existing movement.”

A sometimes tentative police response is adding its own element to the mix. In Atlanta, protesters were warned by the police on Tuesday that if, at 11 p.m., they were still in Woodruff Park, a small oasis in the heart of downtown, they would be arrested. Anyone who does not want to be arrested can simply leave the park, the police said. But protesters said they were told the same thing on Monday. Instead, dozens of police officers showed up but made no arrests.

The protesters also seem to have significant numbers of uncounted allies, silent or on the sidelines, at least for now.

Daniel Eavenson, an engineer in Chicago, said he had only been “witnessing.”

“There are millions of us watching online and sending out our hope,” he said.

via Response of the Police Is Expanding With Protests – NYTimes.com.

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