Occupiers ousted

November 15, 2011 1:10:36 PM PST
Quite a debate unfolding about Mayor Bloomberg's middle-of-the-night police raid on the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park.

Opinions about the eviction, like opinions about the movement itself, all over the map.

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Yes the police moved in when the media wasn't around, and kicked out the protestors with only 45 minutes warning. And yes the demonstrators had pushed the encampment right to the proverbial envelope's edge.

So weigh in on all that if that's your desire - again, we'd love to hear your thoughts.

Allow me to offer an alternative thought. If the protestors had been wiser, they might have looked around the country at police departments losing patience and kicking out demonstrators. They could have thought to themselves that they had been victorious in New York, and best to call an end to all this on their own terms, before cold weather sets in and the encampment dwindles away anyway. They could have claimed a moral victory of sorts - starting a movement that spread around the world and raising the issue of income disparity. After all, the whole 99 percent concept was theirs.

And the Mayor could have been wiser by trying to negotiate with the protestors. Quietly. How could he implement some of the issues and concerns? Or at least make an effort to do that? There are some Occupy Wall Streets who, no doubt, would have been happy to live down at Zuccotti Park as some sort of throwback to the 60's. But most of the people who showed up to show support - and certainly most of those who quietly supported them - could care less about some overnight love-in, especially given the couple of terrible crimes committed in some of the tents.

Yes, the City handled the demonstrators better than other cities. But many observers believe this forceful ending could have been avoided with a little diplomacy and a few deep breaths from both sides.

Too bad that couldn't happen.

I'm just sayin'.

We'll have the latest tonight at 11 on the de-occupation of Lower Manhattan, and the fallout (more than 200 arrests), and the possible re-occupation after court action was taken today asking that demonstrators be allowed back in.

Also at 11, we'll have the latest on the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. Shock is still in play after the interview last night with former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. He proclaimed his innocence in the indictment against him - for sexually abusing young children over a period of several years. In a disturbing bit of doublespeak, he denied any sexual contact, but did admit showering and touching the young boys. Oy. And our investigative reporter Sarah Wallace tonight has the story of a mom's desperate effort to save her daughter, who has a rare disease. The issue: the 25-year-old seriously ill woman needs a special procedure, but her insurance company claims it's not medically necessary.

It's something of a race in the battle for her life.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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