Police arrest Occupy Atlanta protesters

Still uncertain how many people were arrested during early morning operation


  • Joeff Davis
  • An Occupy Atlanta protester shouts “power to the people,” while being carried away by police after being arrested Tuesday night in Woodruff Park.

Atlanta Police early this morning marched into Woodruff Park and arrested Occupy Atlanta protesters.

Police issued a warning at 11:50 p.m. to protesters and people congregating in the downtown park that officers would arrest those who did not vacate the park, including the media.

Supporters and gawkers began to gather outside the greenspace, which by then had been surrounded by a heavy police presence. Crowds briefly formed a human chain outside Woodruff Park along Peachtree Street and chanted “Where’s Kasim Reed?” and “Off the sidewalk, into the streets.” An Occupy Atlanta organizer told people who’d exited the park to retrieve their tents as police planned to treat anything left behind as abandoned property.

Nearly one hour later, a large group of officers wearing eye goggles marched into the park and moved toward the group of approximately 50 protesters who’d volunteered to be arrested. They handcuffed the protesters with plastic ties and led — or in some cases, carried — them to a makeshift processing station at the foot of the SunTrust building. The arrests witnessed by CL were peaceful and without incident.