Riot at Pershing Square
Written by JAMES HAWKE
THURSDAY 17TH AUGUST, 2012 - What started off and was intended to be nothing more than a simple protest known as Occupy Pershing Square which was pointing out the wrongings of the lack of power within the Mayoral Office and the lack of dedication from previous mayors soon as expected turned into a fully-fledged attempted attack on the Government Building. Witnesses and Reports state that there was over twenty people trying to break the barrier of police officers. The protest first started peacefully, as stated; huts were set up with beds and a small group of people gathered around, chanting and holding up their signs to raise their message. There was small police presence as expected just to make sure everything ran smoothly, unfortunately more than a small police presence was needed.
Within the first ten to twenty minutes after indepth news coverage, a group of people arrived at the scene of the protest which was slowly evolving into a full-scale attack upon the Government and anything associated with it. At first, it was a fifteen man strong group, then it was thirty plus people all finding their own way to insult the Government in some shape or form. Due to the large increase in size and momentum gained by those extra people, the commanders in charge of the officers on scene were called back. A few minutes later, nearly twenty patrol officers and up to ten SWAT officers were walking over to City Hall, all in riot gear. Upon their arrival they recieved abuse and the threats got even more deadly, some threatening to kill the mayor himself. As we had seen in an earlier riot, a line was formed along the edge of the City Hall stairs by officers as well as being given support by two water tanks.
The rest of the protest now become a ticking time bomb, waiting for that one tick that would start the transformation from the original peaceful protest into a destructive, dangerous and deadly attack upon the Law Enforcement Officers. You could feel the tension rising and rising as more abuse was hurled, the officers still standing firm in their place. The atmosphere was become heated before that one snap arrived. A male approached one of the officers before spitting and attacking him in which the officers replied by forcing him backwards. Suddenly, there was a rush and the riot control officers came under a direct wave of full throttle attack.
The Officers tried their best to separate the trouble-causers from those still there to peacefully protest which was a successful move as a tactic was used in the shape of the letter U to try and surround those who had esculated the situation. They soon backed off as officers returned into their formation at the bottom of the stairs before the attacks began again. The rioters attacked continously, wave after wave each time being pushed further and further back as the officers edged further forward. The call was given for the protest to be ended using force and that's exactly what happened. Tear gas was thrown as they continued to attack, being pushed back again by officers as they moved forward with haste towards the park area of Pershing Square.
It was there in which in a sudden outburst all officers sprinted to the nearest trouble-causer, pinned them down and then escorted them away from the area for processing and arrest.