Doesn't it make sense then to just save taxpayer money and let the Occupation take place in the park, as it had been for a month without incident?
Anyway. Last night, the Occupation decided to retake Woodruff Park. They announced this all week. It was quite smart -- they drew every single news organization in the city there, and with all the cameras pointed at them, they made their point. But at some point last night, things at Occupy Atlanta turned out much more dramatic than they did last weekend. I saw live on the news that the SWAT team had moved in. That's when I called my studiomate Tom Feister, asked him to grab my camera, and meet me at Woodruff Park to get whatever bits of the story we could.
By the time we got there, whatever drama had taken place had subsided. The streets were peaceful. The park -- empty. The protest was still going, but after the 20ish arrests that took place, the group had gotten much smaller. There were talks and murmurs about things that happened, the biggest being a motorcycle cop accelerating into one of the Occupiers, then arresting him. I wasn't there for that, so I have no opinion. But I do know that the live stream I was watching showed the incident, and it did look like the cop just ran into the guy and knocked him down.
At any rate, things were much more subdued when I arrived. This is what we saw when we got there: