Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched into Times Square on Saturday, where the New York Police Department was quick to respond with barricades, horses, and arrests (video below). Some observers claim the police action included brutality to protesters and police horses.
Ryan Devereaux, a reporter with Democracy Now, who accompanied the march, described the police deployment and escalation of tensions in a series of tweets on Twitter.
At 6:21 p.m., he tweeted with reference to a police officer, "It’s gonna get ugly, They will now be pushing the line back.”
He later tweeted: “They’re using the horses to push us back. People scream, ‘You’re gonna kill somebody!’ ‘There’s no room!’ They’re right!”
And shortly after that, he tweeted: “A horse just went down. Crowd is going wild. NYPD says anyone near barricade is going to jail. This is is inexcusable.”
A few hours later, Devereaux tweeted: “I heard a NYPD whiteshirt announce by megaphone ‘That horse is gonna hurt’” and “That was after the horse had crossed the line where the barricade was, before it went to down. People were outraged and terrified.”