Occupy DC and the Park Police at McPherson Square - February 14 2012
McPherson Square in Washington, DC is where Occupy DC has been for months, protesting and camping. In view of the circumstances, the Park Police have seemingly been laid back against the enforcement of the no sleeping or camping regulations but, pushed by all sort of political and civic pressures, this was the weekend was when they moved in.
Long time Occupy DC protesters told me that in the last several days, perhaps in anticipation of the Park Police activity, their ranks had swelled but, unfortunately not always for the better. According to one woman, the new people were responsible for a lot of the night-time noise, drinking and drug use that has exacerbated the situation.
The police were there in overwhelming force and they behaved civilly and, except for one flurry where some young men tried to grab and push a section of barricade, everything went, if not happily, then smoothly.
These are just a few of the images and I encourage viewers to go to see the slideshow full screen by holding down the Control key and clicking on http://lewlortonphoto.com/p408377446/slideshow.
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