Occupy Protesters Take Rally To Mpls. Mayor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mayor R.T. Rybak agreed Monday to hold a public meeting with Occupy Minneapolis activists about the arrests of a dozen protesters over the weekend.

His staff agreed to meet Tuesday afternoon with the activists after about 50 chanting protesters marched into Rybak’s office to demand he address what they said was police brutality on Saturday. They said the mayor will take questions during the forum, which will be held at City Hall.

Occupiers are demanding a plan from the mayor to ensure that police brutality won’t occur in the future, organizer Ben Egerman said. He and others present Saturday said police roughly handcuffed protesters and threw them onto concrete sidewalks.

Egerman said the meeting is “a very small victory. I’m still very upset and I’m still very angry over the actions that went down on Saturday. Hopefully it will lead to a real dedication to accountability. I have to admit I don’t have my hopes set super high.”

The mayor’s spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

A police spokesman, Sgt. Stephen McCarty, said he couldn’t comment on the protesters’ claims because no direct allegations had been lodged against any specific officer. He said any individuals who felt they were mistreated should file a complaint through proper channels.

Earlier Monday, Police Chief Timothy Dolan acknowledged that one of his officers may have gone too far during Saturday’s protest by knocking a video camera off the shoulder of KSTP-TV photojournalist Chad Nelson, who was recording the arrests of protesters.

“From my preliminary review of the video regarding Mr. Nelson, the officer’s interference does not appear to be necessary. If that is the case, I am a very disappointed,” Dolan said in a statement. He said the department’s internal affairs unit was reviewing the incident.

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  • Wake Up

    I’m still wondering what they are protesting.

  • Sandi

    If the media would stop giving coverage to this completely non-newsworthy garbage group we would all be happier.

    • Matt

      Sorry to hear that people using their freedoms makes you depressed. You are in control of your own happiness.

      • Honesty

        go hug a tree, save a whale and take a shower….how about they occupy a sewer, they sure smell like one as you walk by…can’t even imagine the va-jay-jay stench!

        • Leif

          Wow i feel more informed.

  • maxey

    Losers trying to find someone else to blame.

  • Kevin

    Now we are down to 40 protesters…so thats about 00000005% of the population of MN….and yet this is Wcco’s 8th or 9th story on them this week!!!! Way to go CCO! Way to go! Keep it coming!

    • Matt

      Don’t have to be a large group to be a news story. I’ve seen many stories on all networks featuring only one person…

  • G Dog

    If you are an “Occupy” protester, you’re a dirtbag.

    If you are a “Tea Party” protester, you’re a patriot.

    And if you believe the above, you’re a myopic hypocrite.

    • kevin

      G Diggity Dog….the Tea Party wants less Govt……and had a huge impact on the last election……(good or bad)……the Occupy Protesters want bigger Govt…..and depending on what story you read they want all those with money to give it to them…..more free….free….free……oh and the Tea Party took showers….and I dont think they ever got arrested……they did however take a beating from the liberal media……which did not deter them from having a huge impact during the last election……The Occupy Protesters….I dont know…..what do they want? I would prob agree with them on numerous issues….if they ever gave them out…….they seem to spend most of their time protesting the fact that they cant protest……but what the h*ll do I know…..

      • G Dog

        When Kevin and Just Saying pay the tax bill that I do, then you can criticize. Taxes are not bad. Oliver Wendell Holmes said that taxes were his insurance that he lived in a democracy. If you don’t like it, I hear that Nigeria has no income tax, but you will have to sponsor an Internet scam…………….

        Read the 1st Amendment – if you need an explanation about “a redress of grievances” or “to peaceably assemble”, I’d be glad to explain it to you in a manner that even a FOX watcher can understand.

    • Just Sayin

      Yeah G dog it is such an admirable trait to live off of OTHER people’s earnings. NOT to actually GET a JOB or learn a MARKETABLE skill. Yeah that would be silly thinking one should provide for ONESELF and those they BRING into this world.

  • Bill Clintons Cigar

    Are they protesting under his desk? Just saying????

    • desert eagle .50

      I need more information than that to get the full picture.
      Please be specific.

  • Dale Gribble's g@y lover

    So am I.

  • dontwory22

    Mr Dolan PLEASE PLEASE dont apologizes The are bums. let your officers have a lil fun ITS my tax dollar

    • Leif

      Educated? Maybe a little more time in English class would have done you some good. Wait, that money was allocated to help out multi-million dollar corporations.

  • Grrr...

    If I wanted to protest the Occupy protesters and showed up and set up camp in the middle of their protest and refused to go away, what would they do? Please just go home. No one cares.

  • goodbye

    The OWS movement has run its course and is now reduced to petty attention grabbing tactics such as this. They have voiced their bitter complaints, yet have offered no solutions. Now they will slowly fade into obscurity, another example of how protest without a plan of action leads nowhere. Real change takes place in the voting booths, not in the streets. The OWS movement offered nothing that could be acted upon in the halls of government, and so they will fade away.

    • Leif

      Yes, real change happens in a duopoly. Obviously everyone here is so very well informed about the Democracy… Ooops I mean Republic….. No thats not it. hmmm corporate raping they are taking. Yes Welfare is our biggest problems in this country, yet it’s not the poor that are sucking me dry.

    • Kevin Chavis

      You are woefully uninformed. There are a plethora of solutions to dealing with the concentration of wealth in the top 1%. One solution would be to end all the tax breaks for the wealthy – like mortgage interested deduction and charity donations.

      Move to Amend is a proposal to amend the Constitution to no longer equate corporations as human beings. They would be barred from buy the politicians that we end up voting for in our sham democracy. Obama’s a 1% just as much as Romney, so it’s not like November matters to Occupy this year.

      • Grrr...

        Sadly Kevin, removing tax breaks and such for the wealthy does not put that money in the hands of the occupiers like they want. How I understand it, OWS is not about the concentration of the wealth but sharing of same. As goodbye said, OWS has offered no REAL solutions other than, give us your money.

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