Milwaukee Police arrest 5 at downtown Occupy protest
Jay Sorgi and the Associated Press
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Click on the video link to see raw video of Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn hold a news conference at the site of the Downtown Milwaukee Occupy protest while angry demonstrators shouted at him. (WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)
MILWAUKEE- Milwaukee police have arrested five people for disorderly conduct at a downtown Occupy Milwaukee protest.
The protest began Wednesday at Pere Marquette Park and proceeded along North Plankinton Avenue and to Zeidler Union Square. Along the way, several protesters stepped into the street and disregarded police commands that they remain on the sidewalk.
"We were lead to believe it would be a peaceful demonstration...apparently, it devolved into a march on the Chase Building, at which time, they tried to take over the bridge on Kilbourn...and then went down Water Street, attempted to take over the street there. They went down Michigan," said Flynn as angry protesters screamed epithets toward the microphone.
"Folks from organized labor didn't want to be part of these knuckleheads."
About 40 people were at the parks and about 30 police officers were dispatched to the demonstration. Traffic was briefly blocked.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports protesters shouted down Police Chief Edward Flynn as he tried to brief reporters about the arrests.