By now, everyone has heard the official explanations of the way Zuccotti Park was cleared. The fact that a police helicopter has been hovering over West Street for two days (fucking well visible and audible from my office window) is proof of the level of bullshit we’re dealing with: the cops apparently need air support – in addition to their body armor, trucks, mini-dozers, and garbage trucks – to roust a bunch of hipsters who have a hard time dealing with the line for the McD’s toilet. Mikey B has in some ways been a decent mayor by any standards, but he has a strong authoritarian streak and, let’s face it, he’s the poster child for 1% privilege.
We’ll see what happens. “Protecting public safety” has been used as an excuse for a lot of unsavory violence.