The Occupy Wall Street movement added to its extensive list of crimes on Saturday. After an Anarchist Book Fair, a mob of about 25 people left the event in the mood for some anarchy, tipping over trash cans and spraying anarchy symbols on local businesses. Police arrived to a mob using eight-foot-long metal pipes in an attempt to smash the thick plexiglass window at a Starbucks and needed to call in reinforcements to subdue the thugs. The group was unable to smash the glass, but did manage to terrify some of the 99%, who dove under tables during the attack, according to the local news.
When a sergeant attempted to make an arrest, he was allegedly attacked by two men with pipes. The men fled and the officer was taken to the hospital, where he sustained minor injuries to his hands and knees.
Later, police responded to a call regarding bottles and other items being thrown from a roof, where they were able to capture Alexander Penley, 41, and Nicholas Thommen, 30, who face multiple charges, including "assaulting a police officer, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, and inciting a riot." Penley, an attorney, is a high-profile Occupy member and has been quoted in several mainstream media outlets, such as USA Today and the Guardian. Apparantly, Penley is not all that concerned about his image as a lawyer or as a part of the Occupy movement.
It would be helpful if the OWS movement as a whole, would stand up and strongly denounce the violence, instead of downplaying it or attributing it to a "plant", etc.
This crime is reminiscent of Jon Stewart's comment, back in October, when the Occupy Wall Street movement was just starting to put up their tents around the world. He said,
"I don't get it! Here's a group of Americans, disenchanted, railing against big government bailouts, angry because they played by the rules, worked hard, now they're in debt from student loans and they're unemployed... I mean, look, if this thing turns into throwing trash cans into Starbucks windows; nobody's going to be down with that. We all love Starbucks."
So, Mr. Stewart, are you down with this?
This story has been reported locally, and has not been picked up by the mainstream media.