About 80 “Occupy Wall Street” protesters were arrested in Manhattan Saturday, according to the group and police. The arrests came amid reports that officers used mace and stun guns on the crowd.
The group has been protesting what they consider corporate greed since September 17th. According to the group, police used mace and stun guns to control demonstrators Saturday. CNN iReporter Gene Taylor says officers used “overwhelming” and unnecessary force on demonstrators. Amateur video on YouTube shows protesters being rounded up in police barricades and being sprayed with mace. Protesters were clapping and chanting “let them go!” as police officers lead away protesters they arrested. Many arrested protesters were filed onto a large police bus.
Police say Saturday’s arrests were mostly for disorderly conduct by people blocking car and foot traffic. The NYPD declined to discuss with CNN injuries or specific use of force.
Protesters have been gathering in New York for more than a week to protest the role Wall Street played in the economic crisis.