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POLL: Did Police Overreact to Occupy Boston?

Boston police arrested more than 100 Occupy Boston protesters early Tuesday morning. Some have criticized their tactics. Was the police action too strong?

Early Tuesday morning, Boston police arrested 141 protesters who were involved in Occupy Boston protests in the city.

The arrests came after protesters expanded their tent city from Dewey Square into part of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, an area police had asked protesters

News reports and  taken of the arrests document police engaging in what some have called excessive force.

What do you think? Were Boston police out of line, or did the protesters get what they deserved?

Joe Gray October 12, 2011 at 09:44 PM
I wasn't there and I'm waffling on this one. A bad situation gone worse and Menino fervently defending/justifying his decisions and police actions all over the news today. Menino not apologizing, not admitting police did anything wrong and demanding proof, if anyone says that they did.
Eric Yanco October 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM
While I don't agree with their rationale, I am not against the protesters wanting to be heard. But, police and city management have been cooperative and tolerant of them even without permits. When asked to move from the Greenway, they could have showed the same cooperative spirit and moved by they chose to roll the dice. The moment anyone decides to ignore police orders, they go from mere protester to resister. Resisters must be dealt with some force because not doing so can imply weakness and embolden potential agitators. The police also don't know what to expect and must show command and control as quickly as possible and sustain it. As I've said elsewhere, the police aren't massage therapists. You want to resist, you don't deserve to be slugged but if you get pushed or tossed in an effort to move you along and out, you brought it on yourself.
Kasey Hariman October 13, 2011 at 02:58 PM
How do you feel about the police throwing out the protesters even though the Greenway conservancy themselves approved the protesters camping there? Do the rules about "unlawful assembly" change if turf owners give their permission?
Chris Caesar October 13, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Yo, just to be clear - the protesters were told to leave a second encampment that branched out from the first one. While they have tentative permission to stay at that first encampment, the second encampment had some new renovations and landscaping that I guess were of some concern. The Exec. Dir. of the non-profit that manages the Greenway came and asked the protesters to respect the second encampment if they decided to stay, to cheers and unanimous consent by the protesters. Some protesters took that to mean she was giving them permission to stay, but that was not what I heard.
Joe Gray October 13, 2011 at 06:42 PM
There go my union dues. I guess I'm supporting the OccupyBoston protest now no matter what: http://www.necn.com/10/13/11/Occupy-Boston-getting-support/landing_newengland.html?blockID=576818&feedID=4206

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