Skip to comments.Occupy demonstration closes North Ave. bridge (Milwaukee)
Posted on 11/18/2011 8:50:14 AM PST by Jean S
Protesters who blocked traffic Thursday and invited arrest declared victory and marched off after Police Chief Edward Flynn said that officers wouldn't help them fulfill their "martyrdom fantasies" and that they could stay "and freeze their butts off."
Hundreds of protesters sat or stood on the North Ave. bridge over Interstate 43 for two hours.
Flynn, speaking to TV cameras as protesters chanted "We are the 99%," said he was withdrawing most of the couple dozen officers who had been watching the protesters "so we can answer 911 calls and protect the community."
The demonstration demanding economic justice coincided with others around the country on the two-month anniversary of the first Occupy Wall Street protests in New York.
Asked about the economic issues in the protest, Flynn told reporters, "If they're angry about the economy, go to Wall Street. There's 35% unemployment in this neighborhood. Who are they disrupting?"
Referring to below-freezing evening temperatures, Flynn said, "They can sit and freeze their butts off, I don't care."
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Referring to below-freezing evening temperatures, (Police Chief) Flynn said, "They can sit and freeze their butts off, I don't care."
“Hey, no fair! We’re trying to disrupt - how dare you not fulfill our wishes!”
Gotta love it.
That’s kinda funny actually.
“Some protesters wore red arm bands to signify they were willing to be arrested in a case of civil disobedience, said Peter Rickman, a University of Wisconsin-Madison law student who was with the protesters.”
It’s only an effective symbol if people know what it means, dorkweed. Jeez, like my profession needs another one of these symbol-over-substance fools...
keep it up you left wing loons, as all you are doing is pissing people off who are working and trying to put food on their tables for their family
“Brennan Balestrieri, a protest marshal, described it as “group democracy.””
A Balistrieri? In Milwaukee? I wonder if he’s related to the late Frank Balestrieri? I knew that family when I lived there. Frank’s most famous comment was;
“He insulted me. To my face. Now they can’t even find his skin!”
Giuliani , said this should never be allowed. You arrest the first few. Blocking bridges and roads, block fire trucks and ambulances to the general public. They have no rights to put public at risk.
Just drive the Blues Mobile into the crowd. They’ll jump off the bridge on their own.
I thought it would be great to drive up to that group at high speed, very high speed, and time it just right so you can slam on the brakes and stop an inch or two short...
I'd have added to their discomfort with soapy water from water cannons; this whole thing has gone far enough.
This is getting serious. They were blocking a major street in Milwaukee. 911 responses would have been delayed for several minutes during non rush-hour time. During rush hour, anyone in immediate need of medical attention would be dead if they were on that route.
But they would have somehow spun it as racism if something horrible had happened.
And this sorry excuse for a newspaper would then publish an editorial defending the protestors and blame the police.
I LOVE that bridge! I gotta get up der again, Ya-Hey!
I would be very happy if EVERY college & University expelled every person they can ID who is in the midst of these protestors.
They are bitching about the cost of education, & then they are not in class.
As for those arrested, I would like to see fines of $10,000 for first arrest, $25,000 for second arrest, $100,000 for third arrest, along with a MINIMUM of 1 year in prison, starting with first arrest.
I am referring to FINES-—NOT Bail. Do not let them ut on bail. Pay the FINE in cash or stay in jail. That will thin out the ranks & beef up the coffers of the cities involved.
Of course, since Los Angeles isn’t arresting anyone, they can just keep spending money to support these fools.
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