WASHINGTON -- In an overnight action, U.S. Park Police dismantled a wooden structure Occupy DC protesters had built in McPherson Square, the scene of a hours-long standoff a few weeks ago over a similar construction project in the nearly three-month-old downtown encampment.
As WJLA-TV reports:
Authorities say that they received an anonymous call at about 11 p.m. Tuesday that a structure was going up in the months-old encampment in downtown D.C. When they arrived, they found a 12-foot by 12-foot structure made of 2x4s, nails and planks of wood.
When police moved into the square to remove the structure, nobody from the Occupy encampment claimed ownership, and it was dismantled without any arrests.
As the Examiner notes, Occupy protesters canceled two planned protests on Wednesday because of the funeral of a Park Police officer who died while responding to a possible suicide at the Key Bridge.
The Park Police arrested 31 people on Dec. 4 during the course of a dramatic standoff between law enforcement and protesters when a wooden structure, the "People's Pavilion," was erected overnight and was deemed unsafe by police.
Protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement have been camped in McPherson Square since Oct. 1.