MINNEAPOLIS - Occupy Minnesota protestors are condemning Minneapolis police and Mayor R.T. Rybak after authorities broke up a demonstration Wednesday night by arresting 14 protestors.
It happened at 4044 Cedar Avenue Wednesday night as an estimated 100 protestors gathered to link arms around the Cruz home, which had been secured by authorities for foreclosure.
According to demonstrators dozens of police arrived around 10:30 p.m. to break up the protest. They allege that officers, including Minneapolis Chief Tim Dolan, carried large batons and used physical force to arrest the protestors. Ten were arrested at the scene.
"Today's (Wednesday) police violence shows Rybak and his police protect and serve the banks, not our communities," said Martha Ockenfels-Martinez an organizer with Occupy Homes MN and representative of the Cruz family.
Minneapolis Police spokesman Sergeant William Palmer confirms the arrests but said he did not see any inappropriate police conduct while he was on the scene. Palmer says protestors used their large numbers to chase two private security guards away from the home and then broke in with power tools.
He expects the city of Minneapolis to release a statement on the situation later Thursday.
Protestors question who police are really serving by breaking up protests targeting the financial institutions behind the foreclosures.
"The banks are stealing our homes through illegal and fraudulent practices while refusing to work with families, and they are aided and abetted by the mayor and police," said Nick Espinosa one of those arrested in the protest. "If anyone should be arrested it's the bankers that crashed our economy while paying themselves record bonuses with our tax dollars."
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