Occupy Wall Street: Cops probe threatening tweet as OWS regroups
Seventy-three Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested over the weekend during the movement's six-month anniversary, as organizers hope to put a fresh face on the occupation.
Some 300 protesters gathered at the movement’s former home base, Zuccotti Park, Saturday night after a day of protests in lower Manhattan.
Officers cleared the protesters out just before midnight, during which accounts of heavy-handedness were widely reported by protesters and the media.
Cops are investigating published reports that someone called for violence against cops through a tweet during the sweep.
"we wont make a difference if we dont kill a cop or 2," read the Saturday night tweet from user Smackema1, which was posted on a website hosting a livestream of Zuccotti.
The NYPD is also probing telephone threats to at least two cops and their family members Saturday.
Occupiers gathered yesterday to address on what they called continued "brutality" by police" and suppression of OWS by authorities.
"We need to confront and defeat the brutality and oppression that's part of the continued suppression" of Occupy Wakk Street, said organizer Alice Woodward, who spoke at a rally at Pace University yesterday.
"In order to come back and be strong, we need to confront that," she said, adding that it will be a focal point of Occupy's spring plans.
Fliers distributed in lower Manhattan yesterday called for a "massive demonstrations – soon – carried out in public spaces," but organizers said there are no concrete plans for a major rally as of yet.
The NYP didn’t return a request for comment.
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