Occupy MN: Two protesters arrested at dismantling of Tent City

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Daniel Nucleo Alexander displays a head injury he says resulted from his arrest.
After Occupy Mpls protesters attempted to erect a Tent City in Hennepin County Government Plaza, they were given a literal rude awakening at 4 a.m. when sheriff's deputies and security guards kicked them out of the tents and dismantled them.

No one was arrested, but the occupiers still had four tents secreted somewhere on the plaza. They marched across the street to City Hall -- from county property to city property -- and popped them up. A human chain was formed around the tents to block the Minneapolis police.

It proved ultimately futile and led to two arrests.

At about 9 a.m., Minneapolis cops showed up and started breaking the tents down again. Two protesters refused to get out of the tents and were arrested.

The first was Michael "Panda" Bounds -- this is his second Occupy-related arrest. The first came at a demonstration at a foreclosed home in South Minneapolis. Bounds was picked up by officers and physically carried into a squad car.

The second was Daniel Nucleo Alexander, known on the plaza as DNA. He was thrown face down on the sidewalk during his arrest, and displayed injuries on the group's Facebook page after he was released. Minneapolis police say they used force because Alexander seemed to be reaching for an officer. Alexander told the AP he was reaching for his jacket.

Both men were charged with misdemeanor obstruction of the legal process. Alexander was released yesterday, but Bounds is still in custody.

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Jeremiahhouse
Jeremiahhouse

I am not really sure, what the tents are repersenting to occupy" but I personally am not opposed to seeing them. It is not in my best interest to sleep or comfort when standing for the rights of others. I have see a deal of misconduct or undisplines in peaceful protest.

It is impossible to oppose wrongs, when resulting in any wrong doings within your own self consicience. I to have some disputes to address on the behalf of others including vulnerable adults, who have no voice to speak for themselves; Minnesota Department of Health approves patient negelect; of some minorities in local hospital, as a result being the facility is accredited health care building; allowing their negelect of cares to address the issues themselves as policing themselves. Jeremiahhouse@live.com

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guest

Why on earth would he reach for his jacket while getting arrested? A smart person doesn't reach for anything when getting arrested.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

So his civil disobedience caused him to stiffen up, and his unwillingness to work for himself caused his legs to fail him.  And lone-behold the wind blew, causing him to fall on his head.

Ya, we'll put that in the report...

Yogizenmonkey
Yogizenmonkey

I wasn't arrested until after I got my jacket. The officer behind me thought I was reaching for another officer.

Budster55113
Budster55113

He wasn't reaching for his jacket but of course hes got to say something that the media and/or the people that want to cut the police down for anything can use.O ya for the ACLU,lawyers to use to.The ACLU can say anything but they don't want me or anyone to say something about them bad,to bad.

Anomki
Anomki

You're. probably not the jerk you think you are, but your writing sure sucks.

Yogizenmonkey
Yogizenmonkey

Budster, what makes you think you need to report on something that you weren't directly involved in? I reached for and obtained my windbreaker. My quick movement however unsettled another police officer who then tackled me from behind.

Live and let live.

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