Four Arrested As "Occupy Wall Street" Protesters Rally At JPMorgan Chase HQ
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A few hundred “Occupy Wall Street” protesters gathered outside of JPMorgan Chase’s headquarters Wednesday to march against what they called “corporate greed.”
Demonstrators said taxpayers will have to pay the "super rich" if New York State’s so-called “millionaires tax” sunsets at the end of the year. The highest tax bracket, it’s meant for people making more than $500,000 a year.
Police arrested four people as protesters marched around a loading zone near one of the buildings.
Protesters claimed police treated them roughly but admitted that officers did not beat them and those who were arrested did not appear to be injured.
“One officer ran into the crowd and pulled out two 60-year-old-ish, a couple, a man and a woman, pulled them out of the crowd. A crowd of hundreds of people where obviously those two weren’t doing anything different than any of the hundreds of people,” said one protester.
The “Occupy Wall Street” protest in Zuccotti Park has been taking place for close to a month. The company that owns the park has to keep it open to the public for 24 hours a day because of a zoning agreement with the city.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg talked about the possibility of changing that Wednesday.
“We don’t know that we could force them out if we wanted to do that. We’ll talk to the owners, we’ll talk to all the agencies, and I can’t tell you for sure what’s going to happen in the future, but what would be great is if people expressed themselves and then understand that that park had other uses and other people would like to use it as well,” said Bloomberg.
Over the past two days, the protest has taken on a more focused message. Demonstrators are pushing for an extension of the millionaires tax and expressing support for President Barack Obama’s jobs bill. The shift may be due to the involvement of unions and several different community groups.