- Posted October 16, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Phoenix-Day2-Final Stand?
- elchueco, CNN iReport producer
After photographing the protest earlier in the day I came back to my apartment in downtown Phoenix around 1130pm tonight and immediately noticed that something was not right. There was a police helicopter circling high above Hance Park which just happened to be where the protesters had decided to move the group to earlier in the day.
I knew I had to be there. With my camera bag ready I jumped in my truck and raced over to Hance Park about a mile away. When I arrived at the park I was greeted with, "park is closed sir" by a Phoenix Police Officer. Shining off the top of his riot helmet I could see flashlights in the near distance. Walking along the street to the interior of the park I saw the riot line of 50+ Officers. About 10 feet in front of them was a circle of devoted protesters.
Slowly moving forward every 5 minutes the riot line, one by one, removed the stubborn protestors while the rest of us watched.
During my time photographing tonight, I did not hear one chant or statement about Occupy Phoenix or the 99%! What did this smaller group stand for? And if they were with Occupy Phoenix, did this "sit in" help progress the Occupy movement any closer to its goals? What was the purpose of the Final Stand?