700 arrested after protest on the Brooklyn Bridge

NEW YORK - (AP) - Protesters speaking out against corporate greedand other grievances were maintaining a presence in Manhattan'sFinancial District Sunday even after more than 700 of them werearrested during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge in a tenseconfrontation with police.

The group Occupy Wall Street has been camped out in a plaza inManhattan's Financial District for nearly two weeks staging variousmarches, and had orchestrated an impromptu trek to Brooklyn onSaturday afternoon. They walked in thick rows on the sidewalk up tothe bridge, where some demonstrators spilled onto the roadway afterbeing told to stay on the pedestrian pathway, police said.

The march shut down a lane of traffic for several hours onSaturday. The majority of those arrested were given citations fordisorderly conduct and were released, police said.

During Saturday's march on the Brooklyn Bridge, some protesterssat on the roadway, chanting "Let us go," while others chantedand yelled at police from the pedestrian walkaway above. Policeused orange netting to stop the group from going farther down thebridge, which is under construction.

Some of the protesters said they were lured onto the roadway bypolice, or they didn't hear the calls from authorities to head tothe pedestrian walkway. Police said no one was tricked into beingarrested, and those in the back of the group who couldn't hear wereallowed to leave.

"Multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stayon the pedestrian walkway and that if they took the roadway theywould be arrested," said Paul Browne, the chief spokesman of theNew York Police Department.

Several videos taken of the event show a confusing, chaoticscene. Some show protesters screaming obscenities at police andtaking a hat from one of the officers. Others show policestruggling with people who refuse to get up. Nearby, a couple posedfor wedding pictures on the bridge.

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in 1 AG Sessions visits LI to discuss gangs, protests planned
Officials say the algae cause a host of 2 Harmful algae found in Willow Pond in Village of Huntington
The county's Republican Executive Committee met to decide 3 Nassau GOP endorses Martins for exec
Thousands of mourners gathered in Bethpage for the 4 Thousands line Bethpage streets in tribute to fallen firefighter
Amtrak announced Thursday it will begin replacing tracks 5 Amtrak accelerating Penn Station work, rail delays expected

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.