Thursday, January 5, 2012

OCCUPY WALL STREET: OWS Loons Arrested New Year's Eve @ Grand Central for Ranting about NDAA

"Three protesters were arrested and four issued summonses yesterday in Grand Central Terminal, where approximately 150 demonstrators formed a "flash mob" to protest President Obama's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA], a military spending bill that also authorizes the military to detain American citizens indefinitely without due process. Obama signed it in Hawaii on New Year's Eve, and it hasn't gotten that much attention in the media, but some people at least are a little alarmed about this, and they were expressing their outrage during rush hour yesterday. In this video, protester Lauren Digioia gets arrested around the two minute mark:

Digioia, who has been involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement for some time (and was sexually assaulted in Zuccotti Park in October) was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. According to MTA rules, conduct that qualifies as disorderly includes behaving 'in any manner which may cause or tend to cause annoyance, alarm or inconvenience to a reasonable person or create a breach of the peace...."

As a New Yorker, I can assure you that NYC's Grand Central Station Terminal is not the place to unleash a rant of any kind, free speech or not.  
NYPD was in its right to arrest this woman and two others.  Everyone who participated in the rant should have been arrested, as they were all guilty of disturbing the peace of those who simply wanted to reach their destinations Saturday night in peace.
What is up with these people always trying to rain on someone else’s parade?

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