Police officers in riot gear pushed dozens of people out of the “Occupy City Hall” encampment in City Hall Park near dawn on Wednesday, shutting down a monthlong demonstration against police brutality that recently had attracted numerous homeless people.
A phalanx of officers in helmets started closing in on protesters and homeless people shortly before 4 a.m., moving in lock-step behind a wall of plastic shields, according to videos posted on social media.
Seven people were arrested after sporadic clashes erupted between officers and residents of the camp, officials said.
NYPD riot police have driven City Hall occupants, at least half of whom have no other housing options. Tents and signs have been trashed. pic.twitter.com/BUkXIRfQOd
— NYC Protest Updates 2020 (@protest_nyc) July 22, 2020
As the police moved through the camp, which since June has sprawled across a park and plaza to the east of City Hall, officers took down a series of tarps and makeshift tents that demonstrators and several homeless people had been living in and tossed them into city garbage trucks.