#OWS May Day Protests Met With Heavy Police Presence, Canine Units, And National Guard Troops With Machine Guns
May 1st, 2012
(HigginsBlog) – As Occupy Wall Street May Day protests start in NYC marchers streaming live are reporting a heavy police presence, multiple canine units and National Guard units armed with machine guns.
Update: Watch Live Below — Arrests are now imminent as protesters have just taken over all of 5th avenue following scuffles in the streets with police.
The main event is scheduled to start at 4 but the streets of NYC are already filling up with crowds of protestors who are being met with a heavy militarized police presence.
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The police are acting very aggressively toward the protests as just moments after the first reports of the armed national guard troops hit twitter the NYPD tackled someone marching with the crowd who stepped off the sidewalk into the street in an attempt to J walk. It is the second arrest so far as a veteran holding an American Flag in front of Bank of America was arrested earlier.
The reports of the armed national guard came from the timcast’s UStream of the event.
The earlier video recorded during the passing the armed troops and other locations of heavy police presence.
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