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October 18, 2011
A man in his 20’s from the OccupyWallStreet Zuccotti Park migrated over to the sidewalk by the West Thames Park grass field today. He wrote in chalk large protest messages. He was overheard saying that he was leaving to go back to Zuccotti Park for a camera to capture his art work. Moments later, three more members of OccupyWallStreet arrived and gathered in front of Rector Park.
The Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) office was called and a patrol woman, who did not want her name used, promptly arrived. The three protestors explained that they were not the ones to write the message.
The PEP officer told BatteryPark.TV, as we witnessed the events, “I am going to stay here and wait for this guy to come back. This should not be taking place in Battery Park. Thank you so much (for calling this in).”
The man who wrote the sidewalk messages did return and the PEP officer told him, “Do not do it again”. The protestors were apologetic and there was surprisingly no conflict.
Related to this incident, the PEP are actively patrolling for possible satellite camps from Zuccotti Park that might sprout up in BPC. The PEP in carts have been keeping the community gardens, for example, free of protestor camps. BatteryPark.TV previously reported on groups of protestors who had found the community garden space conducive for a rest.
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