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Mon Mar 12, 2012, 12:37 PM

“I felt like I had been arrested for a thought crime" [View all]

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/nyregion/occupy-wall-street-protesters-complain-of-police-monitoring.html?_r=1

Wall Street Protesters Complain of Police Surveillance
By COLIN MOYNIHAN
Published: March 11, 2012

On Nov. 17, Kira Moyer-Sims was near the Manhattan Bridge, buying coffee while three friends waited nearby in a car. More than a dozen blocks away, protesters gathered for an Occupy Wall Street “day of action,” which organizers had described as an attempt to block the streets around the New York Stock Exchange.

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Then, Ms. Moyer-Sims said, about 30 police officers surrounded her and the people in the car.

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“I felt like I had been arrested for a thought crime,” she said.

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Although she told them they could not enter, Ms. Nurse said, an officer used his foot to prevent the front door from closing behind her, followed her into the building’s entryway vestibule, and threatened to arrest her for obstruction of government administration. Ms. Nurse said the visit did not feel like a coincidence.

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