Occupy Rochester protestors await arrest in Washington Square Park, about 20 minutes before midnight on Friday, October 28. The park closed at 11 p.m.
Rochester Police Department Chief James Sheppard waits outside Washington Square Park with his officers before moving in to make arrests.
Paul Dewhirst is handcuffed by Police Chief James Sheppard in the first of 32 arrests. The Occupy Rochester protestors were committed to non-violence during the arrests, and Dewhirst compliantly removed his gloves to be handcuffed.
Police Chief James Sheppard talks to the husband and daughter of Shirley Thompson, former Rochester school board member and president, who was among the arrested.
Activist Emily Good was the last protestor arrested early Saturday morning. She refused to remove her hat, which she said represents the voiceless animals on this planet.
People wait in the Rochester Public Safety building for Occupy Rochester protestors to be processed and released on bail. All protestors were released throughout the day on Saturday.
Rochester Police arrested 32 protestors at the Occupy Rochester protest in Washington Square Park on Friday, October 28. Though Occupy Rochester protests began on October 1 at the Liberty Pole downtown, this was the first attempted overnight occupation in the city. The protest is one of a worldwide collection of offspring from the Occupy Wall Street movement, which began on September 17 in Manhattan.
Police forcibly removed and arrested anyone staying in the park, on the charge of trespassing in a public area after hours.
Observers said that Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard, who personally made several arrests, was working to dispel a potentially riotous situation by placing himself between the protestors and his officers. Protestors cooperated with the arrests and proceedings in a commitment to non-violence.
Editor’s Note: Jonathan Foster was among those arrested at Occupy
Rochester while on assignment as a photographer for Reporter.
Really? That's it? Very disappointing coverage, Reporter. I know you can do better than this.
Tue, Nov 8 2011 @ 12:59 pm
I'm with Laura on this one. Three shots of a police chief looking goofy, coupled with three lack luster paragraphs? And where's the editor's note citing that the author of this story was among those arrested?
Mon, Nov 28 2011 @ 11:31 pm
The Rochester cops are just a screwed up now as they were 30 years ago when I was there. I wonder if the state cops still get off the thruway and rip off the local restaurants for free food.