What?!?! No Pepper Spray…
After checking my watch for the eleventh time I knew it was going to be close. 11:28…11:29 getting closer to the entrance to the Hart Senate Office building. As I walk in the building I can instantly hear the chanting. I hurried to empty my pockets, put my cameras on the conveyer belt to the x-ray machine, and get waved through the metal detector. Just as I got my camera ready a banner cascaded down from the fourth floor.
I hadn’t been able to sleep so I decided to go down to Freedom Plaza to try to get some photos that juxtaposed the Occupancy memebers with the “suits” heading into their offices. That didn’t happen, but I did get to sit and listen to the General Assembly meeting for the Occupancy. From that meeting I found out about the Hart Senate Building protest and the 11:30 start time. I got on the Metro, hurried back to my apartment to get the equipment I needed to cover the event.
It was a frenzy of camera flashes, Senate workers stopping to see the commotion, and police officers trying to maintain order. Protesters were on every level of the building.
After the initial onslaught of nonviolent meandering the Protesters met with Police to come to terms with what would be allowed if the Protesters wanted to continue their demonstration and avoid arrest.
There were no fire hoses, pepper spray, or German shepherds; only a few arrests for what I gather was noncompliance.
I must admit, I didn’t think I would want to cover anymore of the Occupy DC movement, but after the event yesterday I might have to reconsider.