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A man who claims to be a member of Occupy Wall Street was arrested Sunday night for attacking a police officer outside a local McDonald’s restaurant.
Joseph “Joe” Yarbrough, 23, was arrested along with another individual at around 6:36 p.m. as protests erupted at Zuccotti Park, a location popular with the movement, according to the New York Post.
Yarbrough told the Post that he wanted to “set him aflame for good measure.”
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At about 6:36 p.m., authorities said, Yarbrough began throwing a metal pole at an arresting officer. During the altercation, Yarbrough allegedly struck an officer in the eye. The officer suffered only minor injuries, though the arrest happened shortly after, the Post said.
The incident was captured on video and Yarbrough was apprehended without incident. The officer is reportedly wearing a bulletproof vest.
Yarbrough’s arrest comes after protesters marched back-to-back in Union Square, demanding that police stop detaining and beating protestors.
“Today was a step toward justice, but it wasn’t enough,” the group said in protest of the current status of the protests.
Several organizations have formed to help keep the protests moving forward. The New York Times reported that the Movement for Black Lives released a statement calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint a “special prosecutor” to investigate all reports of police brutality.
The group also released a list of demands, including “the immediate cessation of detentions” and “a transparent and fair investigation.” Protesters also called on the NYPD to stop arresting people for the simple actions of eating, sleeping or sleeping in areas near protests, such as inside a park.
“The protesters are tired of being attacked by the NYPD,” the Post quoted the group’s lead organizer, Tawanda Jones, as saying in an email. “The Governor has an obligation to provide a sense of urgency, to bring this case to the top of his agenda.”
The Post is continuing its coverage of the protests in New York and other states on Monday.
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