September 30, 2020

‘Occupy City Hall’ Encampment Taken Down in Pre-Dawn Raid by N.Y.P.D.

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.

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.

ImageThe scene at City Hall Park in early July, where protesters set up an encampment in Manhattan.
Credit…Byron Smith for The New York Times