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Occupy Louisville Protestors Arrested After Clash With Police At Chase Bank In Kentucky

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/26/2012 1:26 pm Updated: 03/ 5/2012 6:38 pm

Five Occupy Louisville protestors were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct on Saturday after a clash with police at a Chase Bank branch in Kentucky.

According to reports, members of the Occupy movement were protesting in front of the bank located on Baxter Avenue.

Some protestors were allegedly blocking the doors, making it difficult for customers to enter the establishment. A group of demonstrators reportedly threatened to occupy the inside of the bank, and employees eventually called police to assist in the situation.

Officers arrived and told protestors it was fine to continue the demonstration but that members could not block the entrance to the bank, WHAS News reports.

The news station describes what happened next:

An altercation erupted when a police sergeant attempted to move an occupier from the door. A woman behind the officer appeared to reach for his belt, when he knocked her off. Occupiers moved closer to the officer, chanting, "Shame! Shame!" as he called for backup.

Lark Phillips, an Occupy Louisville spokesperson, estimated that 35 protestors were at the bank on Feb. 25 to protest local home foreclosures, the Courier-Journal reports. She told the newspaper that no one was blocking customers from entering the building.

Police later took a handful of protestors into the building for questioning. When one member refused to comply with the officer's request, another altercation broke out among the crowd, according to the Courier-Journal.

Five members were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Among those arrested, two were also charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, WHAS reports.

The Occupy Louisville Twitter account posted the following message on Saturday night:


Occupy Louisville
RT : Just heard from the lawyer, everyone is going to be released!!!

As of Feb. 18, about 20 demonstrators remained at the Occupy Louisville base camp, the Associated Press reports. Presence at other camps across the country have also diminished in the last months.

For footage of the clash between police and protestors, watch the full report by WHAS above, or go to @OccupyLou to view videos from Saturday's scuffle.

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