Update: Citibank Protester Talks About Undercover Infiltration In Occupy Wall Street

citibank arrests celakabat 2 Update: Citibank Protester Talks About Undercover Infiltration In Occupy Wall Street

Cops arrest protesters inside Citibank

Updated at bottom

Well, this is sort of a scary story: Marshall Garrett, one of the protesters who was arrested during Saturday’s Occupy Wall Street march for trying to hold a General Assembly in Citibank, told the Village Voice what went down that day. Apparently a plainclothed cop had been very well informed of the situation ahead of time and hidden himself in the crowd.

 


Here’s what Mr. Garrett told the paper:
But what was unknown to us and to a lot of people that day, including those in Times Square, was that there were undercover cops already there, paid to be disruptive and to be loud. One undercover cop present [at Citi] was louder than the entire group.

How did you know he was an undercover cop?

He arrested one of the protestors outside, and slammed her into the wall, and pushed her back into the bank. We all saw him at the precinct with us. He was laughing with the fellow white shirt cops, telling them about what we’d been saying, basically. It was a bit startling how inside their information was – how they were being paid to go to these protests and put us in situations where we’d be arrested and not be able to leave.

Now, it didn’t require a lot of researching to figure out Occupy Wall Street’s plans for Saturday. They had broadcasted a lot of the information out on their website, OccupyWallSt.org. But when it came down to which banks would actually be targeted for protests, you would have needed to be in Washington Square Park that day in order to be given instructions. (Protesters were split into groups and told to go and close their accounts in either Chase or Citibank.)

So either the Washington Square Park police were able to find out and radio ahead to plainclothes detectives which locations to situate themselves in, or the Occupy Wall Street movement has a couple of NYPD detectives moving inside of their ranks already. Or, Option C, as presented in the blog Red Green and Blue: the kids that were planning the runs on the bank just talked too much about it on social networks.

Update: Or, you know, the cops could have figured it out from Thomas Ryan, who has been forwarding all the Occupy Wall Street listserve information to the FBI, NYPD, and Andrew Breitbart.

Comments

  1. Cb-79 says:

    In truth, I have no issue with the police being among the crowds of protesters, as long as they are there as citizens of this country.They have a right to be pissed off too. If they are “on the clock” while there though, and therefore are being paid with our tax dollars act in such a manner….

  2. They want the people to FAIL at Civility, so Martial Law can be implemented.

  3. They want us to FAIL  as civil human beings so they can invoke Martial Law!

  4. Anonymous says:

    to remove this element gather in n.y. and washington only.
    with half a million protestors the cops are going to go away.

    1. Kevin Schmidt says:

      OK, come pick all of up in your car and we’ll be on our way!

  5. Ben says:

    This is literally a Gestapo tactic. Absolutely disgusting and really makes it impossible to even consider the NYPD’s point of view.

    1. ryan82 says:

      Yes it is disgusting, what is even more disgusting is that cops have been doing this for years in protests.

  6. Ddanielson57 says:

    That’s very close to entrapment… Definitely should be illegal.

    1. Kevin Schmidt says:

      Of course it is illegal. But then, so was the fact that they locked the doors and refused to allow customers to leave, which is kidnapping. And so is dragging people into the bank, which is false arrest.

      This just makes Occupy stronger. It is Occupy who will eventually get the last laugh and who will laugh the hardest.

      1. Anonymous says:

        locking people in a bank against there will is kidnapping and false imprisonment.  

      2. And so is protesting on private property.

      3. Guest says:

        Even if you’re a customer trying to close your account?

    2. Rw says:

      They weren’t breaking the law.

  7. Jerry Landry says:

    I suggest you watch mainstream media, you have been totally hi-jacked by obama2012, you are being financed by obama2012 and his supporters, your cloths, tents, food, nurses, everything we see on tv is all obama2012 financed.

    You made your point three weeks ago, now you are allowing yourself to become the enemy of America backed by communist’s who eill push the issue with violence and allow obama to enforce Marshall Law. Is that your intent? If so, soon as you leave the protection of big city union police departments you will be the targets of anti-communist Americans, you will LOOSE that battle.

    Believe me.

    1. Chester says:

      You are delusional.

    2. Meg says:

      THE MOOSE IS LOOSE IN THE (WHITE) HOOSE. KKKONSPIRACY!!!!

    3. orangutan says:

      Better start taking your pills again.

    4. Grandguignol says:

      Ask your spelling teacher for a refund, or at least lodge a customer complaint.

    5. what are you even talking about

    6. Anonymous says:

      Backed by COMMUNISTS???? Whre do you get that ridiculous idea from?
      Is it that hard to believe that young people all over the workd are upset that they don’t see a future for themselves? That they are tens of thousands of dollars in debt from college loans with no jobs on the horizon?  That the system seems to be stacked against the working and middle classes for the benefit of the wealthy 1%
      You can’t understand that????? Communists.. gimme a break.

  8. Why says:

    It still doesn’t explain what the people who got arrested did that was wrong. But disgusting and, coming on the heels of NYPD admission of planting drugs on people to get arrests, all too typical. 

  9. Anonymous says:

    To protect and serve who?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Infiltrator also caused the pepper spraying at the Air and Space Museum in DC

  11. AnonCulture says:

    The authorities have become protectors of the economic fascism. The issue is that politicians still do not realise that this is a criminal behaviour that citizens are not going to tolerate.

    1. Anonymous says:

      It’s not facism it’s plutocracy.

      1. it’s a fascist plutocracy.

      2. it’s plutocratic fascism.

      3. Michael D says:

        you got chocolate in my peanut butter  hehe just teasing guys.

        yeah shits messed up

      4. Erww says:

        I was just wondering the same thing? How did you get chocolate in my peanut butter!?

      5. Anonymous says:

        REDDITORS!

      6. mckdaysleeper says:

        obvious redditors are obvious

      7. Rl Trader7 says:

        Its “The New American Century” Its not fascist, it’s Neoconservative.

      8. Anonymous says:

        Just because its branded as “neoconservative” doesn’t mean its not fascist.  It is.

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    3. Anonymous says:

      The haven’t become anything. They’ve always been protectors of the politically and economically powerful.

      1. Anon says:

        Yeah, the whole article is about how they abused the protesters rights and pushed them too far so they would be able to arrest them.

  12. We told you all 2 weeks ago the false flag ops and their infiltrators were on the way. Here’s your proof and encouragement to be watchful for these infiltrators.

  13. echo says:

    basically? it’s just NOT illegal to close your bank account.

  14. Grouperdogamo says:

    What I dont get is why the cops are fighting with the people who want to cut their pay. They are a bunch of power hungry low class criminals who think since they have a badge they can do whatever they want. Many cops are involved in illlegal activities including stealling drugs from people they arrest. Steroids is also a big problem with cops.

    1. Couch Guy says:

      Or you know, Cops protect the peace and businesses because that’s what their job description entails and why they got into a career like that.

  15. NA says:

    “they were being paid to go to these protests and put us in situations where we’d be arrested”….. no, they were paid to incite and you decided to go along with the lemming jumping off the cliff.  Mob presence is not permission to be a bad person, whether you’re a banker or a protestor.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Amazing, looks like the stupid cops have no real crime to deal with.
    real-privacy.es.tc

  17. Count Cocula says:

    Totally fascism. America is a fraud.

  18. Anonymous says:

    There is video of the undercover cop strong-arming a woman from outside the Citi window, and he and the cops force her inside, where they had trapped Citi costumers who were trying to close their accounts.

  19. Chris Sobolewski says:

    You have to be an idiot to think there aren’t police in your midst. Speaking as one of the facilitators from Occupy Cleveland, we saw one of the guys who was overnighting with us, but then disapeared taking part in a drug bust a few days later.

  20. PC says:

    If you ain’t cop, you’re little people.

  21. DeVon Conley says:

    This is just even more fucked up stuff.

  22. JimmyCrackCapricorns says:

    Because COPS are in general assholes, juiced upo, over armed, all “I’ll kick your ass MMA style” attitudes…they hate people in general, and look for an excuse to exercise their bully bullshit. COPS are part of the police state problem in America. Notice how every jobs bill involves hiring more police?

  23. Bk says:

    Drew, can you take this a step further and post a still picture of the undercover officer?  I’m guessing Google may be doing some face recognition things with these crowds that may be helpful seeing this pattern?

  24. FosterM says:

    Shades of the German Gestapo of the WW2 era. The use of these goons makes it patently clear that the powers that be are criminally minded enough to use any tactic to foil their foes. This needs to be outed to the media as much as possible. Photos of the Gestapo personnel should be spread over the internet.

  25. Garrett Parker says:

    Let’s not close our accounts at banks…a run on the banks is what caused the Great Depression. The banks aren’t actually that liquid (in the sense of holding physical money). Much of the cash they have is in electronic/book entry form (much of which they’ve lended to others like home mortgage borrowers and are depending on future cash flows). They can’t handle a run on the banks. I know you’re saying “that’s the point, take the evil banks down”, but the fact is that if you take them down, all of society will pay an even greater price, including you and me. I’m against the Occupy Wall St. movement, but will tell you that if you want to make an impact without causing an even Greater Depression, keep pushing for the regulation side. Though if economics
     has taught us anything, they will just push the rising costs (regulation) down on the consumer (you and me). See specifically the new debit card swipe cap; the amount to be charged to vendors on these transactions has been capped. These amounts were saved by the banks and used to pay out customers who are victims of credit card fraud. Now, the banks can’t protect consumers. I’ve seen where banks are now charging monthly fees for ID theft protection. The fact is that the banks will just push these higher costs onto the consumer as all businesses do. For example, fuel prices go up, so shipping rates go up, and now all of a sudden you’re paying an extra $2/lb. for fish at the local market. That’s pushing the cost onto the consumer. It’s a very basic concept and we need to be wary that pushing for too much regulation might be a bad thing for us, the consumers. There’s plenty of blame to go around, greedy bankers packaging risky mortgages made to people who know that they can’t afford a $500,000 house and who willingly enter into a loan knowing the bank can adjust their interest rate from 3% to 10% if they feel like it. You have to know that they will take advantage of that. Yes, the bankers knew that many of these people were less than intelligent and took advantage of their ignorance. Plenty of blame to go around, just be careful not to poke the giant too much.

  26. GP says:

    Let’s not close our accounts at banks…a run on the banks is what caused the Great Depression. The banks aren’t actually that liquid (in the sense of holding physical money). Much of the cash they have is in electronic/book entry form (much of which they’ve lended to others like home mortgage borrowers and are depending on future cash flows). They can’t handle a run on the banks. I know you’re saying “that’s the point, take the evil banks down”, but the fact is that if you take them down, all of society will pay an even greater price, including you and me. I’m against the Occupy Wall St. movement, but will tell you that if you want to make an impact without causing an even Greater Depression, keep pushing for the regulation side. Though if economics
     has taught us anything, they will just push the rising costs (regulation) down on the consumer (you and me). See specifically the new debit card swipe cap; the amount to be charged to vendors on these transactions has been capped. These amounts were saved by the banks and used to pay out customers who are victims of credit card fraud. Now, the banks can’t protect consumers. I’ve seen where banks are now charging monthly fees for ID theft protection. The fact is that the banks will just push these higher costs onto the consumer as all businesses do. For example, fuel prices go up, so shipping rates go up, and now all of a sudden you’re paying an extra $2/lb. for fish at the local market. That’s pushing the cost onto the consumer. It’s a very basic concept and we need to be wary that pushing for too much regulation might be a bad thing for us, the consumers. There’s plenty of blame to go around, greedy bankers packaging risky mortgages made to people who know that they can’t afford a $500,000 house and who willingly enter into a loan knowing the bank can adjust their interest rate from 3% to 10% if they feel like it. You have to know that they will take advantage of that. Yes, the bankers knew that many of these people were less than intelligent and took advantage of their ignorance. Plenty of blame to go around, just be careful not to poke the giant too much.

    1. …um we are in a Depression already so who cares…it is time to tank the entire country and start over…democracy is a joke, it is time to bring out the guillotine….

      1. Anonymous says:

        Can you get food?  Like, does the store down the street have food for sale?  Yeah?  Then we’re not in a depression.  Do you have electricity?  Running water?  Yeah?  Well then we’re not in a depression.  In a full on depression goods do not get shipped because hyperinflation makes the dollar worthless, so there’s no incentive to ship that food.  What happens then?  Well in major cities and most suburbs the people quickly run out of food, rioting starts happening, and then once the cops are quickly overwhelmed, if there even ARE any cops (what cop is gonna goto work for worthless paper money that can’t buy shit?), then roving groups with guns come to your house and TAKE whatever food you have left.  THAT is a depression.  

        PLEASE look at the original great depression and understand that if you haven’t stood in a soup and bread line for 10 hours today, that we are NOT in a depression.

        The 99% doesn’t want to destroy the economy, as that will end up killing 1/3 the population or more.  We want fair elections not paid for by corporate interests.  We want representation in government equal to or greater than the corporations.  We do NOT all want to get shot by some assholes that want our remaining cans of spam.

        THINK McFly.

      2. your mom says:

        You’re a depression.

  27. Andre says:

    @Newthing:disqus It was great for me, I hope the same for you…my neighbor’s sister-in-law makes $79 an hour on the internet. She has been out of work for 6 months but last month her income was $8359 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read about it here CashBrave.com

    1. Julian says:

      Thanks, I I will try

  28. Ifuckedyourbankersmom says:

    fuck them all.  burn in hell

  29. Anonymous says:

    The cops just love to oppress anyone that will let them. There’s nothing in the constitution that says these pigs have the right to blatantly break the law while taking away your first amendment rights. What they are doing is criminal & should be treated as such! The next time this pig tries to stir up trouble the crowd should put a pillow case over his head & give him a nice soap filled sock massage.

  30. Cycle9 says:

    STAY ON TOPIC! ==================================
    Topic: (Social & Economic Equality, Regulation of The Ruling Class)
    Fracking is a symptom, not the DISEASE. Stop it at the SOURCE!!!

  31. Matthew Duffy says:

    you know how most historic movements dealt with “spys” and “traitor”? these protesterzz will get nonthin, if they don’t learn the rules, of political power, and conflict. a few purges later, and things might go their way. haha

  32. Derp de derp.  CIA, FBI, probation officers, welcome to the hippie world, protestors!

    1. JE says:

      Shouldn’t you be getting back to 4chan? Better hurry, you Raff you Roose!

  33. Fox says:

    No need to hold a general assembly inside the bank. Just go in, close your account and leave and encourage more people to do this nationwide. If you disagree with the bailouts and you have an account at one of the big banks, move your money, just doit! I do not like the big banks in general and moved my accounts years ago when Fleet bought the bank I was patronizing. The bank I am at now was a local bank and has been bought twice in the last two years and it maybe time to change again.

  34. Silver Fang says:

    I say if the cops don’t want protesters at CitiBank, they should go there every day just to spite them!

  35. ChienPo2080 says:

    Fuck everything about this.

  36. Yourmom says:

    FUCK YOU DIRTY FUCKING COPS

  37. Gorgonzola says:

    Sooooo….. the “problem” is that the cops are looking at publically available social networks?    Well, huh.

  38. LauraNo says:

    Breitbart is scum. You wonder if his mother didn’t love him or if she was a cold-hearted witch.

  39. Innate Technology says:

    NYPD Red Squad 2K11?

  40. Anonymous says:

    All protestors should protect them selves with dog spray. Mace is illegal, but dog spray is fully legal. Hell, you can even buy it on amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00028ZMEO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=wallmunc-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=B00028ZMEO

  41. Puma Holmes says:

    I’m confused, closing your account is not illegal.  What are the charges?  If all I have to do is close my account to get arrested, then I’m on it.

  42. What are the charges?  It doesn’t sound like the police are waiting until the occupiers enter the banks en masse, which might be against some law… but just marching to a bank… don’t get it.

  43. Puma Holmes says:

    Not if you are closing your account in protest.  You have the right to do what you want with your money.  I have protested many bank policies throughout the years, even closed accounts in protest.  I have been very vocal about my displeasure with the banks in question (Wells Fargo, Bank of America), and have yet to be arrested.

  44. TheReal Cyrano says:

    It’s the exact same thing authorities did during the civil rights movement.  When protests are peaceful, then they must infiltrate the protesters to make them look bad… Problem is, we have seen all of this before… and the public by and large seems oblivious to the repercussions of such action, and fail to see it for what it truly is… the death of freedom.

    Liberty always dies with thunderous applause… 

  45. Visitor says:

    Well just remember the golden rule if you ever discover an undercover cop – “Snitches get Stitches”

  46. angeryashell says:

    Asshole Cops! They give real Police Officers a horrible image!!!! 

  47. Orwell comes alive in 2011.

  48. Avarae89 says:

    I should give those cops a hug and let them know that they are the 99%

  49. A says:

    Call it what you may, but either way we the people are getting screwed

  50. Anonymous says:

    find the agent provocateur and publicly shame him.

    in the old days he’d be tarred and feathered.

    in the old, old days he’d be maimed.

  51. Anonymous says:

    The banks are paying the cops! Duh!  There’s nothing illegal about taking your own money, no matter how much the bank doesn’t like it. It’s not like they were there to ROB the bank, so what’s the problem? 

  52. David Hill says:

    Between this and that editor from ‘The American Spectator’ bragging about infiltrating OWS and starting trouble just to make OWS look bad.  Between this and the mysterious disappearing ‘New Black Panthers’ who stood in front of a Philly voting center while a Tea Party lawyer filmed (by the way, after they were put in the police car, you never heard from them again…which is the opposite of how political militants normally behave), it gets sadder and sadder that ANYbody takes the conservative media seriously.

    Seriously…have there been ANY stories about liberals infiltrating the Tea Party and doing things in their name to make them look bad?

  53. Michigaku says:

    Honest and just political protests and decent doesn’t need to be secret and cover. Like any good chess player you can show the opponent your moves because the whole point is to seek the right  and truthful path. Keep this in mind and you can make fools of them every time, because the dishonest and immoral don’t know how otherwise to be!

  54. Topher185 says:

    If occupy wall street had a clear message I might be willing to support them. The problem is that there are no clear leaders or message and it seems like it is just people protesting for the sake of protesting. If you have an idea on how to make the system better let me hear it. But this movement will get nothing done.

    1. Matthewpesonen says:

      “If the people who were supposed to fix the financial system had actually done it, the people who have no idea how to solve these problems wouldn’t be getting shit for not having solutions.” John Stewert.

      And were fighting Economic Injustice, that’s the message. And there are no clear leaders for a reson..

  55. Since when are cops the personal police force of Citibank or Chase? 

    There’s something inherently wrong when they start acting like bank security when an account holder wants to close their account.  We all know that the police dept management has been acting like the praetorian guard of Wall Street.  Now with the use of undercover cops for a defense against the banks losing account holders, instead of going after real crime like murder and drug dealing is a waste of resources, and is akin to the British police in bed with Murdoch and Newscorp. scandal.  If  #OWS exposes this, it will have done the American people a great favor

  56. I know someone that was at Kent State. He told me that they had “agent provocatures” that did all the inciting and most of the disruptive yelling. In fact he told me that nobody knew the guy’s that shut the gates that started up the whole thing. Just a heads up guy’s

  57. Me says:

    How can anyone be surprised that they have plainclothes cops in among them? The name plainclothes or undercover kind of gives that away. 

  58. Wymzie says:

    Don’t you understand that all groups that disaggree with the gov. whether it be OWS or the Tea Party have been infiltrated and hijacked by those in authority who want to make both groups look bad, agitate us and keep us divided.   If you would open your eyes the Tea Party is saying the same thing as OWS, but if they were to ever come together the gov. knows there would be NO WAY to suppress US!

  59. Scott Keller says:

    Since when did it become illegal to close a bank account?

  60. Anonymous says:

    The new AmeriKa

  61. Anonymous says:

    There cops ! There Dumb! 

  62. mickette says:

    its going to come back on them…they are like the vets, trained with weapons and force, and they too will end up on lists…their families will also go hungry, homeless, jobless and terrified by the wretches their fathers/husbands /mothers/wives work for now for that almighty dollar…they are only in like flint as long as they are automatons, unthinking sides of beef, being wound up and set on unarmed, helpless citizens…and when they wake up and see, even a little, it will all come crashing down around them and they’ll realize they should have been taking care of their own…because whether they believe it or not, they too are the 99%. they were dispensable on 9-11 and they’ll be fodder again as soon as it serves their masters’ purposes…so sad…so very sad. 

    1. mickette says:

      *disposable, not dispensable…sorry

  63. IAM99% says:

    THEY ARE AFRAID…..STAY STRONG MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS

  64. Problem with OWS;   Have not studied the history of COINTELPRO, NYC police (Central Park “wilding”, Diallo, Bell and on and on) and their leader Billionaire Bloomers!  Those with power over you (Hint:they have the pepper spray and the guns) are your enemies.  Finally, “If you do not know your history you are bound to repeat it.”

  65. NEW YORK’S FINEST STASI. These phuckers should be hanged in a public square.

  66. Rickhales says:

    The run on closing accounts
    is inevitable……they’re just prolonging it, with requiring a permit.
    I’d just transfer MOST of my money to another bank, or credit union.
    While keeping $10.00 in Citibank. That’s NOT closing your account.
    (smile)

  67. We need video of this cop so we can track him down and shame him!