Bloodied Occupy protester arraigned in NYC scuffle

November 19, 2011 3:08:31 PM PST
A 20-year-old Occupy Wall Street protester bloodied after a confrontation with New York City police says he's not guilty to grand larceny and other charges.

Brandon Watts has been accused of stealing an officer's cap, resisting arrest and attempted assault. His lawyer said Friday Watts was assaulted by police and has four staples in his scalp because of his injuries.

Police say Watts may have been injured in a fall during the confrontation. They say he threw batteries at officers, and then stole the hat. He was later arrested.

Watts has been arrested five times since the protest began two months ago. His lawyer says he's been living on his own since his early teens and has emotional problems. No further details were given on his difficulties.