Mother Jones' Josh Harkinson inside NYC's Zuccotti Park, 11/15/11

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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.

15/11/2011 15:35:06 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

The riot police moved in with zip cuffs and teargassed the occupiers in the food tent

15/11/2011 15:35:37 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

Then they wrestled them to the ground and cuffed them

15/11/2011 15:35:55 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

Everyone I witnessed being arrested was resisting peacefully

15/11/2011 15:36:12 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

As I was observing, a cop approached me and asked me who I was

15/11/2011 15:36:31 WIB
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.

15/11/2011 15:37:09 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

I told him I wold not. That is is my right to be here and observe what is going on

15/11/2011 15:37:29 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

He said that all the press is in the press pen, and that's where I had to go

15/11/2011 15:37:53 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

I said I would not,.That he would have to arrest me, but I would go peacefully.

15/11/2011 15:38:25 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

At that point he grabbed me by the arm and started hauling me away

15/11/2011 15:38:47 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

I quickly realized he was just trying to escort me out, so I began resisting.

15/11/2011 15:39:12 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

He literally started hauling me across the park. My feet were slipping on the ground.

15/11/2011 15:39:44 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

All around me, protesters were being pepper sprayed and zip cuffed

15/11/2011 15:40:10 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

I realized that I could either drop to the ground and meet the same fate, or let him haul me out.

15/11/2011 15:40:42 WIB
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

15/11/2011 15:41:19 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

He told me if I stayed in the park I could get hurt

15/11/2011 15:41:31 WIB
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

15/11/2011 15:41:59 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

Then he dragged me in front of a dump truck that was backing up

15/11/2011 15:42:18 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

He said, "Look, this dump truck is backing up, you could get hurt"

15/11/2011 15:42:41 WIB
Josh Harkinson @joshharkinson

I pointed out that he dragged me in front of it.

15/11/2011 15:43:01 WIB
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.

15/11/2011 15:43:29 WIB

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