[NYPD arrests Occupy Wall Street protesters at the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1, 2011]
Only two weeks into the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Brooklyn Bridge march and the arrests that followed marked one of the high-profile moments of the Occupy protests.While many said they felt they had been escorted by officers into the roadway to march, police officials strongly disagreed and insisted that marchers were warned not to proceed.
A prosecutor for the Manhattan district attorney’s office told the judge that the man, Casey Diebold, had been among about 700 people who walked onto the Brooklyn Bridge roadway on Oct. 1 as part of an Occupy Wall Street protest.
Then the prosecutor, Michele Bayer, told Judge Ross that the district attorney’s office wanted to dismiss the summons issued to Mr. Diebold.
“We cannot prove this defendant’s specific conduct or location on the bridge beyond a reasonable doubt,” Ms. Bayer said. “Therefore, the people are moving to dismiss this case.”
Mr. Diebold shook the hand of his lawyer, Paul Keefe, and left the building a free man.
13 others saw their charges dropped and the judge ordered their records sealed. Of the 696 arrests that resulted in charges, so far 174 had their charges dismissed. Of those that resulted in summonses being issued, 155 dismissals out of 438 cases. Another 250 defendants agreed to conditional dismissals, with 33 cases not yet resolved.