Three protestors were arrested Tuesday afternoon during Occupy Miami's May Day rally as police scuffled with demonstrators.
Brian Roland Tangherlin, 22, was charged with obstructing a public right-of-way and resisting arrest with violence, and Rolando Prieto, 23, was charged with obstructing a public right-of-way and inciting a riot.
A short time after 23-year-old Alfredo Quintana narrated their arrests in a livestream, telling viewers a police officer had punched him in the face, he was also arrested. Police charged him with aggravated assault on an officer and resisting arrest with violence.
The May Day protest reportedly turned violent when officers attempted to arrest Tangherlin and Prieto and others tried to pull them back into the group, which was is in the midst of a 7-hour show of solidarity with May Day protests nationwide.
"We began to question [the first arrest] and 3-4 minutes later another person was taken," said Quintana while livestreaming from the scene. "Occupy members tried to pull that person [back]...I was one one of several who was hit, and a second person was beaten and punched completely unnecessarily."
Police reports say Prieto blocked a marked patrol car while walking "slowly" on SE 2nd Avenue, ignoring an officer's repeated requests to get off the road with, "I'm not moving from the road, I'm a taxpayer." While being placed under arrest, he reportedly began to "yell and call for the crowd to gather and begin protesting in the middle of the roadway," prompting police to add the charge of inciting a riot.
Among those who gathered around arresting officers was Tangherlin, according to a second police report which said he "disobeyed [an] officer's order and continued to step off the sidewalk and obstruct public right of way. As we attempted arrest, [Tangherlin] pulled away and reentered the crowd."
Arresting officers report Tangherlin resisted arrest violently, at one point striking an officer in the ribs with his knee. Miami police spokesman Napier Velazquez said the officer suffered a minor injury.
Quintana, who was among seven Occupiers arrested at a peaceful demonstration on the FIU campus in January, said the police officer who struck him was much larger, and had no reason to fear him: "He was a little fat, and he hit me. I got right-hooked."
But an arresting officer wrote in his incident report that it was Quintana who struck first during the commotion surrounding Tangherlin's arrest.
"When he could not get his friend free, he began to punch at the Lt. hitting him in the head one time. I attempted to gain control of [Quintana] but was pushed back in the chest. While falling back [Quintana] was struck in the face twice by me while falling back."
The officer said Quintana pushed him down on his bicycle, causing a cut to his leg, before fleeing the scene.
Hoards of police vehicles could be seen converging in the Downtown area at the time of the incident, while roughly 150 protestors re-assembled along Biscayne Boulevard for a puppet show.
Occupy Miami released a statement late Tuesday night, blaming police for provoking arrests:
Miami police escalated what was a peaceful protest by pulling three individuals out of the crowd of 100 in front of the Wells Fargo and beating them with fists and batons. They also punched our live stream media in the face and nearly broke his phone.
The group of protestors had already marched through the city of miami and were near the end of their march when this happened. While the protestors had not instigated any problems the police and been escalating the action towards violence for most of the march by running cars and bicycles into the peaceful marchers.
Occupy Miami like all the Occupy Movements across the country are peaceful protests the have constantly been under increased violence by the police. We will remain peaceful. We only hope the police do.
Members were holding a candlelight vigil outside Miami-Dade jail late Tuesday night in protest of the arrests.
BEFORE YOU GO
05/02/2012 2:51 AM EDT
Dozens Arrested At Occupy Oakland Protests
Twenty-five people were arrested on May 1 during the Occupy Oakland demonstrations, the City of Oakland reported. Although a complete breakdown of the arrests is not currently available, at least one person was detained for assaulting a police officer. Two others face felony arson arrests (one of the suspected arsonists allegedly set a police vehicle on fire).
Incidents of vandalism were reported at three banks. The windows of an Oakland Police Department van were broken and the tires of one news media vehicle were also punctured.
Public Works crews are now trying to clean up the damage and restore the city before daybreak.
-- Jade Walker
05/02/2012 1:03 AM EDT
After Massive March, May Day In New York Ends With Assembly And Scattered Arrests
As thousands of people streamed down Broadway into Lower Manhattan, they faced a choice: go home to their apartments or stick around to see what happened next. Many -- including almost all the union members and immigrant rights' activists, it seemed -- chose the former. The younger demonstrators who remained, many of them clad in black, headed to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza.
By 9 p.m., perhaps a thousand protesters were gathered in the small park. "This park officially closes at 10 p.m. Some of us will stay here indefinitely," one speaker announced over the human microphone. The goal was nothing short of re-occupation.
As the hour wore on, people sat and chatted and something of a General Assembly occurred. (Occupy Wall Street hasn't had one of those gatherings since March.) Shortly after 10 p.m., a police officer on a bullhorn announced that anyone who stayed would be arrested. Most of those assembled complied with police orders. A few -- reportedly from Veterans for Peace and Occupy Faith -- stayed on, willing to be arrested.
Hundreds streamed into the night, some getting on subway trains and others engaging in a cat-and-mouse game with the police through the Financial District's narrow streets. The Huffington Post witnessed several arrestees loaded into a police van at Hanover Square, including one of a man wearing an Oakland Athletic's baseball cap.
By the end, a few hundred protesters gathered in Zuccotti Park to wind down a successful day's gathering and relive old times. In the city host to the A's, meanwhile, the night was only getting started.
-- Matt Sledge
05/02/2012 12:30 AM EDT
Bomb Plot Suspects Had Limited Connections To Occupy Movement
Business Week reports that the men charged with plotting to blow up a bridge had only vague associations with Occupy Cleveland. Although they had attended Occupy events in the past, FBI spokesperson Vicki Anderson told the publication that there was no link between the alleged bomb conspiracy and the Occupy group.
"This was not an Occupy movement plot," she said. "They were individuals that formed their own group to conspire."
The men allegedly felt that the Occupy movement didn't go far enough and were considering a hospital or a cargo ship as possible targets.
USA Today reported: "What sets the alleged Ohio operation apart is its link to self-proclaimed anarchists -- with no connections to international terrorist organizations -- who believed that members of the ubiquitous Occupy protest movement had not gone far enough to express their displeasure with high-flying corporate America."
-- Jason Cherkis
05/01/2012 11:29 PM EDT
More Images From Occupy LA's May Day Actions
-- Photos by Brandon Bowlin/thedarkroome.com
05/01/2012 11:25 PM EDT
Scenes From Occupy LA's May Day Actions
-- Photos by Brandon Bowlin/thedarkroome.com
05/01/2012 10:52 PM EDT
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Smash Windows At Wells Fargo Bank Branch In Seattle
Protesters smashed windows at a Wells Fargo bank branch and Starbucks store in Seattle on May Day, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. The Wells Fargo Center in downtown Seattle "had the feel of a building about to be under siege, but not just yet."
You can view a slideshow of the Seattle protest here, from the Puget Sound Business Journal.
05/01/2012 10:51 PM EDT
Profiles Of 3 Alleged Anarchists Arrested By The FBI For Plotting To Blow Up Bridge
The former Lakewood resident was arrested a few times as a juvenile — including a September 2009 incident when he was arrested for allegedly stabbing a family member with a knife. Lakewood police charged him with aggravated attempted murder, but the outcome of the case is not available as juvenile court records were sealed. As an adult, Baxter -- whom acquaintances told Patch was intelligent, quiet and strange -- was charged with criminal trespassing in 2010, stemming from an incident at Lakewood Park.
With a criminal history that stretches back to 2000, Hayne's record is littered with charges of theft, drugs and receiving stolen property. Hayne was most recently found guilty of breaking and entering in November 2011. In that case, he was sentenced to probation.
In August 2010, Stafford pleaded guilty to charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; giving false information to a police officer; and possession of drug paraphernalia. In Lorain County, he also was charged with criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property and attempted breaking and entering.
-- Colin McEwen
05/01/2012 10:41 PM EDT
Occupy LA Assembly About To Begin
-- Photo submitted by Occupy activist Joan Donovan.
05/01/2012 10:38 PM EDT
Occupy Miami Releases Statement About Arrests
Occupy Miami blames police for the arrest of 3 May Day protestors, including a live-streamer accused of assaulting an officer. In a statement, the group said police prompted a skirmish by becoming overly agressive while providing what an Miami Police Department incident report termed "safe escort":
Miami police escalated what was a peaceful protest by pulling three individuals out of the crowd of 100 in front of the Wells Fargo and beating them with fists and batons. They also punched our live stream media in the face and nearly broke his phone...
While the protestors had not instigated any problems the police and been escalating the action towards violence for most of the march by running cars and bicycles into the peaceful marchers.
Occupiers are now holding a candlelight vigil outside the jail to protest the arrests. Get the full story, at HuffPost Miami.
-- Janie Campbell
05/01/2012 10:21 PM EDT
NYPD Moving In
Police appear to be ready to make a move against the protesters at 55 Water street. The NYCLU reports: "NYPD on bullhorn saying that park is closed, you will have few minutes to leave, if you refuse you will be arrested."
Reporter Matt Sledge says that "Police lining up around edge of Vietnam vets, speaker says 'know that this decision is your own.'"
Another Twitter user reports, "Several NYPD vans just rolled up to 55 Water. Very scary sight."
-- Jonah Green