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Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
I just got shoved out of the park by a police officer. I'm now going to explain what I saw.
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
The riot police moved in with zip cuffs and teargassed the occupiers in the food tent
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
Then they wrestled them to the ground and cuffed them
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
Everyone I witnessed being arrested was resisting peacefully
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
As I was observing, a cop approached me and asked me who I was
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
I told him that I am a reporter with a national magazine, He asked me who, I said Mother Jones. That's when he said I had to leave.
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
I told him I wold not. That is is my right to be here and observe what is going on
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
He said that all the press is in the press pen, and that's where I had to go
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
I said I would not,.That he would have to arrest me, but I would go peacefully.
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
At that point he grabbed me by the arm and started hauling me away
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
I quickly realized he was just trying to escort me out, so I began resisting.
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
He literally started hauling me across the park. My feet were slipping on the ground.
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
All around me, protesters were being pepper sprayed and zip cuffed
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
I realized that I could either drop to the ground and meet the same fate, or let him haul me out.
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
I decided it would be better to stay out of jail and keep reporting on what's going on tonight, so I let him haul me out, arguing with him
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
He told me if I stayed in the park I could get hurt
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
I pointed out that there was no chance of that. I had just been standing around. Cleanup already done for the most part
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
Then he dragged me in front of a dump truck that was backing up
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
He said, "Look, this dump truck is backing up, you could get hurt"
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
I pointed out that he dragged me in front of it.
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson
Then he deposited me on the other side of the street, where I am now sitting on a bench in front of a pizza joint.

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