New York City police began making arrests this morning after more than 50 Occupy protesters were arrested over the weekend. We get a live update from the streets with John Knefel, an independent journalist and co-host of Radio Dispatch. [includes rush transcript]
AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to the streets, to Lower Manhattan. John Knefel is on the line with us, an independent journalist based here in New York, co-host of Radio Dispatch. John, what’s happening? Where are you?
JOHN KNEFEL: Right now I am at the corner of Broadway and Morris, where several different groups have converged near the iconic Wall Street bull and are sort of crossing back and forth across Broadway with the light, occasionally breaking out into a dance party on Broadway. There are easily a couple hundred activists here and, I would say, about an equal number of police officers, as well.
AMY GOODMAN: You saw Episcopal Bishop—the Episcopal Bishop George Packard get arrested?
JOHN KNEFEL: That’s correct. I was right next to him when he got arrested, along with, I believe, at least 10 other people. That was a planned action. He was actually conferring with one police commander about how the arrests were going to commence. And then, after that, a different high-ranking—higher-ranking police commander, Edward Winski, who’s sort of notorious in Occupy circles, came and really kind of escalated the situation in what struck me as an unnecessary way. But yeah, he and several Vietnam veterans were arrested with him, as well.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, John, I want to thank you for being with us from the streets of New York just near Wall Street, as we continue to cover the Occupy movement into its second year.
That does it for our show. And the Silenced Majority Tour continues. Again, I’ll be tomorrow at noon at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and then to Chicago to Columbia College on [Tuesday] night. Check out tour.democracynow.org.