New York Police Department officers cleared out “Occupy City Hall” protesters in the early hours of July 22, dismantling an encampment that had been set up in Manhattan for nearly a month, reports said.
Protesters settled outside of the New York City Hall in late June with calls to defund the police department, local media reported. The NYPD cleared out the encampment “some time before 4 am” on July 22, according to reports.
Protesters told local media that police “trashed” their tents, tarps, and belongings.
This video shows the emptied encampment area near City Hall, including graffiti covering the ground.
At least seven people were arrested as police cleared the area, an NYPD spokesperson told local media. Credit: Eric Mischke via Storyful