After Saturday’s Arrests, OccupyMN Is Looking For Place To Occupy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Occupy Minnesota did not occupy anywhere Sunday night.

The group’s plans changed after Saturday night’s arrests and near-chaos.

On Sunday, a group of occupiers returned to the site where 12 of their own were arrested. They have no plans to occupy Peavey Plaza now.

“We need to find a place where we can express ourselves and not have to fear police violence,” said occupier Osha Karow.

Video taken by one of the occupiers shows the clash between protesters and police.

Occupiers say police used excessive force; police say they were doing their job in keeping the streets free of obstruction.

One photojournalist from KSTP got a first-hand look at what happened. The video shows how his camera took a beating at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

The Minneapolis Police Department released a statement saying: “We are reviewing and have an open investigation. The MPD will not support unjustified usage of force.”

It all began Saturday night after police read a city ordinance to occupiers, telling them they could not interfere or block the right of way.

Prior to the occupation, there was no mention of this ordinance, protesters said. And when police brought it forward at about 2 p.m., the lieutenant and sergeant that were delivering the message said it came from the Mayor’s Office.

Protesters said the city attorney was the one who found the law and was telling the police to enforce it.

A spokesman for the Mayor R.T. Rybak said the city ordinance prohibits tents as housing on public or private property. Occupiers said that when they were moved, no one was inside the tents.

The group was walking the tents down Nicollet Mall when 12 people were arrested. Occupy MN will gather at the People’s Plaza/ Courthouse Square Monday at 1:30 p.m.

They will march on the mayor’s office after that, hoping to find a space they can occupy without fear of arrests.

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  • Crazy Hippies?

    How bout all you hippies find a cornfield out in the middle of Iowa. You’ll be safe there.

    • jackactionhero

      I’ll be out there occupying with my Brothers & Sisters,fighting the good fight until I can find a job..I lost my job at Chipolte 3 years ago & deserve another chance.

      • WorkingMN

        @jackactionhero, if you actually SPENT time looking for a job and not wasting your time out protesting, then you might ACTUALLY HAVE A JOB!

        • The Architect

          LOL at the people responding to a troll using someone else’s name…

          • Pumphandle

            Lol at you being JackactionZero as I previously pointed out months ago, time for another new one, The Architect, Jackaction, eastside evil, which have i forgot?

      • dfcash55

        If you want another chance spend your time applying for jobs and stop hanging out downtown bothering people!

      • Brett

        Fleet Farm in Crooklyn Park is hiring, they have a board up in their entrance saying that they are looking for people to WORK.

        • me

          Well that part right there (WORK) disqualifies ALL of the “occupiers”

          • Dale Gribble

            Just shoot them all and be done with it. These people are simply communists. They hate America. They hate Freedom. They hate God. The police should have opened fire and splattered them into the street.

  • KLS

    Are we all sheep? We need to look to Greece, Spain, England or back to the 60’s. The people who caused all this,haven’t been held to account, we’ve even bailed them out and the republicans want to put one of them in charge of our country. When will we wake up?

    • Truth b told

      Wow KLS don’t you read? You are 180 degress away from the facts. The overweight government built by liberals wanting the government to solve everything, including fat paychecks, and benefits for government works who couldn’t be fired for being lazy? Sound familiar? Like where the US is headed because of liberal ideals? Public unions are saddling this country with unpayable bills.

      • tim

        You took the words right out of my mouth, well said !!!

    • Roger

      Get a job you loser!

    • Gump

      Give a break. Stop putting this on everyone and put your pants on in the morning and go look for a job.

  • trent L

    Big Money banks got bailed out…..we got SOLD out.

    • politicianSUX

      Big money banks did get bailed out and they paid back all the money with interest. Has Freddy Mack and Fanny Mae paid back all of the losses caused by their mismanagement of our economy? These would be banks that were ordered to write these loans and bundle them by the DEMOCRAT Administration of then President Bill Clinton? you know, a little more race adn class warfare by teh limosine liberals including President Obama adn we will ahve a full out civil war. Keep beating this drum and recall who always wins wars, the rich.

    • stubby

      Tell us how you got sold out.

  • Gary

    They could hang out with Al Franken in his yard, but he hasn’t had a yard in Minnesota, since he lived at his parents home in the 1960’s, when he was learning to protest.

  • Obumma

    How about they occupy a bathtub, and then occupy a job interview at their choice of fast-food establishments?

    • The Architect

      How many do you know personally? Have they told you they are unemployed? Or did you just come up with that yourself…

  • Obumma

    Hey, Marxism worked so well in WW2 and countless dictatorships that followed, why not give it another try?

    ‘Occupy’ people are being used as useful idiots by a resurgence of socialist and communist groups. These young ‘uns are not very well read, and thus have no clue what they are being used for.

    • Obadiah

      I agree with your point about the the ‘Occupy’ people and that they are not very well read. But your first question in your post shows you aren’t very well read either. The foes in WW2 that were defeated were fascists (the extreme opposite of marxists). The only marxist state in WW2 was the Soviet Union and they played huge part in winning WW2. Still your point about communism is a good one in that the Soviet Union eventually collapsed in failure and China’s version has switched to a free mareket system. Just get rid of you WW2 statement and your post is right on.

  • CapitalG

    Occupy is nothing but a bunch of dirty thugs with no job skills or desire to acquire them. These people simply want handouts for sitting around doing nothing. Everything is a human right to them. Free WiFi is a human right. Please. I am so sick of these pathetic whiners.

    The police are justified in using violence against these dangerous and violent extremists. The media trying to hold the police back with openly skewed reporting is putting the police officers lives in danger. Time to break out the batons and bean bag rounds.

    • KLS

      After reading all the other vicious comments made about young occupy protestors,minorities and the poor, wht should I moderate my comments?

    • politicianSUX

      I agree with you absolutely. And when you use your “rights” to try to occupy my property, I will use my “rights” to defend my property.

    • Vile Rose

      The right to disagree out loud is an American right since 1776. Clearly,you’d be happier in Guatemala or Pakistan. Take Rybeck with you.

      • Roger

        You people do not care about America. You are lazy thieves with a mental handicap.

        • The Architect

          The CEO of Goldman Sachs had a 2011 salary of 600,000 but walked away with over $73 million for the year. Is that moral and ethical that his bonuses alone are more than all of the combined salaries of the low and mid level actual workers who are salaried?

          • Brett

            No, it isn’t, but what would you propose to solve that “problem”?

            I say it’s time to break up the 10 biggest banks in the country, that would be a good place to start.

            • jackactionhero

              Well I heard of this group who did protests at Wall Street and other coordinate simultaneous protests. What did they call themselves again? Occupy?

  • eggbert

    What a bunch of stupid looking freaks who just want attention.

    Losers. Major losers.

    • jackactionhero

      What makes them stupid looking?

      What makes them freaks?

      By the way, a primary goal of a protest is for attention. Not sure if that fact escaped your simple mind…

  • ipmutt

    Well there is a long list of things they can occupy, starting with a church on easter morning and continuing with things like the workforce and school. They can express themselves through poetry, artwork and music if they want to work at it. There are even a large number of campgrounds they can go out to to camp out. As far as TV coverage, leave these dorks alone and they will go away.

  • Roger

    Why don’t you sissies occupy a job!

  • politicianSUX

    What happened to the story about the ambulance that was being hindered by these folks? Plain and simple, this country was founded on the first ammendment, but when you put others lives in danger by stopping them from getting the help that we all pay for, then you have over stepped your first ammendment right. Why is this “news organization” is afraid to publish what it did yeaterday? They were blocking a road with an ambulance trying to get to someone in need? These “protesters” as they call themselves do not care about anyone else except themselves. They would have another person die just so that they can make a statement. You are as bad as those that you claim to hate so much, the 10% that pay 74% of all taxes in this country. I hope they all leave and then lets se who has to pay the bills.

  • jackactionhero

    well, I’m off to my job for the day to earn myself a honest living instead of whining and asking for a handout. Have a good day

    • WorkingMN

      Wait a minute, @jackactionhero, this is your earlier post,
      “jackactionhero I’ll be out there occupying with my Brothers & Sisters,fighting the good fight until I can find a job..I lost my job at Chipolte 3 years ago & deserve another chance.” Now all of a sudden you “have a job!”

      • desert eagle .50

        He doesn’t know if hs a job. Maybe he’s too busy giving jobs. What do you expect from a guy with a room temperature IQ?

        Please be specific.

        • Greg Looseanus

          Mr. Eagle, why are you so aggressive? Please be specific.

      • jackactionhero

        Actually it ISN’T my earlier post.

        You see, anybody can make a comment using anybody else’s chosen screen name. See how that works?

        • desert eagle .50

          So did you go to work or not? Do you even know? Do these “other posts” using your name confuse you? What other names to you use? Do you have any idea what I am talking about?

          Please be specific.

          • desrt eagle .50

            I am a pansy and don’t know what you’re talking about, but I admire you and I am being specific.

    • desert eagle .50

      No one in their right mind would PAY you for your services. Except for some people in Loring Park maybe.

      Honest living? You’ve probably never put in an honest day’s work in your life.

      What have you contributed to society lately? Ever?

      Please be specific.

    • Retired

      You have a job? I thought you made your living by running off at the mouth.

      • speed bump

        Good one. And, I think you’ve hit the proverbial nail on the head here :-)

      • politicianSUX

        is that the pot calling the kettle balck?

  • fkafka

    I wonder why they won’t occupy the governer’s mansion.

  • Minneapolis Mafia

    How about Broadway and Lyndale North Mpls?

  • Marine 0311

    I’m all about people exercising their constitutional rights but, give it up guys go home, get a job or, do something more productive with your time.

    • jackactionhero

      What about the ones who are gainfully FT employed? Can they continue to protest, per their Constitutional rights? Is that ok by you?

  • IHateHippys

    These people are a product of what I like to call “The Participation Trophey Generation.” They were brought up by parents and community leaders who taught them that if you just show up you will be rewarded for being there. No one ever taught them that you have to work to succeed, and even when you do work, sometimes you will fail. It has created a sense of entitlement in them that they believe that they will always get what others have, even if they don’t work as hard or aren’t as good at whatever it takes to get those rewards.
    Here is your reality check OWS ans OMN folks. Life is hard. You have to work hard in school, at your job and at home to get the things you want. The people that have the material things that you want worked hard to get them and they work hard to keep getting them. You may never have what they have, but if you work at it, you can improve your lot in life. Notice a theme here? Work! Work! Work!

    • Brett

      These are the next generation of LOSERS in our society. They don’t understand the value of menial work, especially at an early age. They get an education that “feels right” for themselves, and then complain when nobody will hire them or pay them enough because the “skills” that they have acquired are either petty or useless, and nobody wants or needs them. Most have never served their country,
      paid any meaningful taxes, but expect the gov’t to forgive their debts with the blink of an eye. They bought houses they couldn’t afford, or took out HUGE loans against them before the housing bubble finally burst, then they became underwater mortgages…

      • Vern

        Could you read Mark’s post below. Consider your post and answer how stupid and asinine you must be.. Consider who is the loser in society.

        • Brett

          Yeah, I read it, but without verification, I have no way of knowing if the post is genuine. If it is, I’m surprised that he is in such a bad way. Our gov’t has given Vietnam Vets PLENTY of help to keep them prosperous (you should see one of my co-workers). In addition, I am a Vet as well, but not all Vets are honest and forthcomming. Some are swindlers, frauds, and cheats, just because you are a Vet doesn’t mean that you can’t be evil.

          • Vern

            Point is you are asinine for how you label people without proof of anything. You are the asinine one, who posts unverified comments.

          • jackactionhero

            Our government hasn’t given my disabled Vietnam Vet dad a darn thing, Brett. His VA claim is being ignored despite the fact he can prove being covered in Agent Orange for a couple years and then getting sick because of it.

  • DON DEEP MplsMafia

    Yep. Just like the black idiot kids make black folks look bad that mob bike riders and break peoples jaws, ect on Nicolet Mall….. Socio-economic divide and conquer kept strong with racial division playing off human’s natural tribal instincts. Anyway, off to work to pay taxes and SS to pay for the section 8 and food stamps for these morons. Info Wars dot Com!

  • Gunnar.

    What a bunch of posts so far. If this is what our schools are turning out we should decrease the funding.

  • Tom

    Why don’t all you protesters look for a job, and get a life. As far as that news guys being attacked by the police, give me a break. If you get in the way of the police, naturally, you will be pushed.

  • Cheech

    Hey man count me in if there is free weed and tacos,
    Mexican americans don’t like to just get into gang fights,
    They like flowers and music, and white girls named Debbie too.

    Mexican Americans are named Chata, and Chela, and Chema, and have a son in law named Jeff.

    Mexican Americans don’t like to get up early in the morning, but they have to so they do it real slow.

    Mexican Americans love education, so they go to night school and they take spanish and get a B.

    Mexican Americans love their nanas and nonos and their ninas and their ninos. nanu nano nina nono.

    Mexican Americans don’t like to go the movies where the dude has to wear contact lenses to make his blue eyes brown because don’t it make my brown eyes blue.

  • G Dog

    Occupy KEVIN!

  • Mark

    To all who post her:
    2) I am over 50 years of age
    3) I am a father of 2, and grandfather of 3.
    4) I have 3 jobs
    5) I am a veteran of the US Military.
    6) I believe in the Bill of Rights
    7) I Proudly fight for the rights of the Occupy movement
    8) I took a bath this morning, and do so most every day.
    9) I have grown tired of all the nay-sayers on this board. I guess you are looking forward to living in a police state.

    LONG LIVE OCCUPY! If Occupy dies, the rights of ALL Americans will sonn follow!

    • The other 99%

      You know this is a lie because of line #8. Plus line #9 because we are already in a police state.

    • Dale Gribble

      Typical communist liar. Why do you hate Freedom so much?

  • me

    You losers want a place to “occupy”? Go “occupy” your mommies BASEMENT.
    Hiding under the bed would be even better.
    The way you guys (don’) bathe; you can blend right in with the dust bunnies & the big bad boogymen of the real world won’t find you.

  • balou8900

    I say you can occupy mom’s basement again without fear of arrest.

  • Knowledge is power

    Minneapolis City Ordinance 385.65
    Interfere with pedestrian or vehicle traffic
    Minneapolis City Ordinance 466.230
    Obstruct Traffic
    Minneapolis City Ordinance 466.240
    Persons obstructing sidewalk or street
    Minnesota Driving Regulations 169.06(6)(a)(2)
    Pedestrians enter roadway on “Don’t walk” sign
    Minnesota Driving Regulations 169.21(3) (c)
    Pedestrian cross at marked cross walk
    Minnesota Driving Regulations 169.21(5)
    Pedestrian fail to walk on left, yield to traffic or walk on roadway when sidewalk provided
    I am sure that the Occupy movement obeyed all laws and even applied for a permit to protest. I am sure the police had a hard time figuring out how to “mess” with the protest when they where all law abiding citizens.

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