• Police Evict 'Occupy' Protesters from Zuccotti Park

    Do you ever feel a sudden and unbearable urge to clean, to get off your couch and scrub the floors, empty the garbage, wash the dishes, and…punch some hippies? Do you ever get this feeling at 1 in the morning? If so, you might have a case of OCD, or you might be Mayor Bloomberg, faced with intransigent protesters camped out in a park… 

    Police brought the two-month-old Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park to an abrupt end early Tuesday morning, as hundreds of officers swept in and cleared out protesters and their tents.

    They arrested 70 protesters who refused to leave and sent others into the surrounding streets, setting off clashes and marches throughout Lower Manhattan…

    The New York City Police Department made its move shortly after 1 a.m., when hundreds of officers in riot gear surrounded the small, privately owned plaza. They turned on large batteries of lights. Some used bullhorns to warn those sleeping there that the area was being temporarily evacuated so it could be cleaned and cleared of illegal structures.

    Hey guys, did you hear the one about a local government actually cleaning a park? …That's pretty much the joke.

    Certainly, when I do my Fall cleaning in the middle of the night, the first thing I do is ensure no one is watching, before throwing away all my family's books. But for the serious right to assembly-mongers among us, a judge issued a temporary restraining order against the city, which may allow protesters to return to Zuccotti with tents, books and bongo drums in hand.

    Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Michael Bloomberg, New York City, Occupy Wall Street, Protesters


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