Following the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform hearing, last week, “McPherson Square: Who Made the Decision to Allow Indefinite Camping in the Park?”the DC Park Police are finally getting ready to enforce the ban on camping in Mcpherson Square. Obviously, it never should have been allowed, at all, as the weak and appeasing attitude of City officials has only served to embolden the hardcore anarchists and Marxists who are still occupying the park.
The Washington Post reported:
Tensions between Occupy DC protesters and law enforcement increased Sunday afternoon with the arrest of a demonstrator and the steady approach of Monday’s noon deadline to enforce a ban on overnight camping.
Tempers flared around midday after police subdued a protester in McPherson Square with an electric shock. Several protesters accused the police of using excessive force, saying the demonstrator had been handcuffed by two police officers before a third used the electronic device to stun him.
The encounter occurred as Park Police passed out flyers warning of the deadline to begin enforcing a longstanding ban on camping overnight in the square and Freedom Plaza. A protester, who is known as “Lash,” became angry when police entered his tent, other demonstrators said.
“He told them: ‘Get out of here, get out of my tent. You’ve already given us enough of these,’” said Tracy Keith, 49, a researcher from Raleigh, N.C. who has been in the square for months. Keith said the protester ripped up the flyer and followed the police around the encampment tearing down other flyers as the confrontation escalated .
Officers were clearly not amused by his antics.
Cue the howls of rage: “Shame!” “He was being peaceful!” and my personal favorite, “What’s your badge number, what’s your badge number, what’s your badge number?”
The video put up by Occupy DC protesters is titled — “Police tase innocent protester”, but it’s clear he was resisting arrest after he had been shouting obscenities at them, tearing down their fliers, and goading them into a confrontation. When the police moved in to arrest him, his bravado wavered:
The officers remained calm and professional throughout the ordeal, employing what appears to be standard police procedures.
I won’t post the names or badge numbers of the officers involved, but they were posted on YouTube:
Ⓐnonymous is always watching. Officers badge number [redacted] Officers name -[redacted] Commanding officer – Sgt. [redacted] …as you wish (More video coming soon)