Here's What Last Night's Occupy Wall Street Raid Looked Like Through Cellphones

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Early this morning, Mayor Bloomberg had the NYPD clear out Zuccotti Park—the site for the Occupy Wall Street encampment—on the grounds that the protestors were, umm, really gross and posed a health risk.

A judge has since issued a temporary restraining order, saying that the city can't keep the protestors and their tents out of the park, but not before a good many citizen journalists piled up loads of cellphone pics and footage. Here are some of the more striking images and videos to come out so far.

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Let us know in the comments if you've come across any astounding video that we've missed.


This one's got the NYPD rolling in under cover of either pepper spray or tear gas in what looks like a scene from Demolition Man.


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And thiiiis appears to be a Long Range Acoustic Device. Apparently the NYPD rolled out at least one LRAD, or "sound cannon," last night to help clear out the park.


Image via RT/Twitter (Click to biggify)


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Here's the big orange bulldozer the police used to clear away everything in the park. According to Twitter user Derek Rose, the driver "[Didn't] know what he's doing with it." Comforting.

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Here's a heated exchange between some protestors and the police, followed by probably the lamest chant ever.

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A crowd managed to block the progress of a dump truck that was making off with all of the tents and other possessions that had been left in the park. Photo from @JoshHarkinson via The Atlantic


Image credit: Getty Images News/Spencer Platt

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DISCUSSION

"There will always be those that are happy getting scraps from the master's table." This was written in reference to those who are not on board with this Occupy movement. The context of the comment tended to place "the 99%" on the receiving end of the "scraps" from the table of "the 1%".

Scraps from the master's table? Is that what we're calling a paycheck now.

I don't mean to be antagonistic, but it's offensive to think that the paycheck my family lives off of - which was earned through hard work starting in high school, continuing through college and graduate school - is composed of scraps.

Without going into too much personal detail, I can say that one of us in this family is a physician that has slaved in school for over a decade to have the opportunity to work. Physician's make big bucks, right? If by big bucks you mean minimum wage, then yes. The plumber that comes to fix our pipes makes more per hour than this physician - who graduated medical school with a 4.0. However, the plumber says he has trouble hiring people because they "don't like that kind of work", and "they find it demeaning."

I think people should start occupying those open positions which some feel are below them. I know times are rough right now, and money is tight. It comes as no surprise to me that these Occupy movements are taking place in some of the most expensive cities in the country (granted, they are taking place all over as well). Having spent time in some of these cities, I can say without reserve that I have no idea how my family would survive with those costs even if we still had the two incomes that we have. The solution? We don't live there. We live where it's much cheaper. And you know what? There are jobs in these places, too. In case you're looking, I know a plumber that pays quite well. Or you could become a doctor and make a little less. Path of least resistance - your choice.