New York City police are cracking down on the “Occupy Wall Street” protestors, arresting six people on Monday afternoon and continuing their enforcement early Tuesday morning.
Video has emerged of some or the arrests, with police throwing some protestors to the ground before putting them in handcuffs and even dragging one individual across the street for 20 seconds.
One of the arrested protestors, Jason Amadi, said he was left “more empowered” to protest by the police’s actions.
“I was chalking on the sidewalk when I was surrounded by officers, they told me to put my hands behind my back and they handcuffed me and took me to the police station,” he said, as reported to Democracy Now. “I was really upset by this, but really what it did was empower me to be here because this is more than our government being taken by the banks and exploiting all of us. This is about our First Amendment rights, our right to assemble and really just taking back our government for the people.”
WATCH: Video from Youtube, which appeared on September 20, 2011.