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[Social] REPORT - Many Occupy Wall Street protesters live in luxury

Released on 2012-03-02 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 52322
Date 2011-11-02 16:09:00
Quick jump on the bandwagon! It's not cool unless you're protesting...or
a hipster....or angry for some reason that may have nothing to do with how
much you the way South Park is mocking Occupy Wall Street
tonight on Comedy Central

NYC arrest records: Many Occupy Wall Street protesters live in luxury

Many *Occupy Wall Street* protesters arrested in New York City*occupy*
more luxurious homes than their *99 percent* rhetoric might suggest,
a Daily Caller investigation has found.

For each of the 984 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in New York
City between September 18 and October 15, police collected and filed an
information sheet recording the arrestee*s name, age, sex, criminal
charge, home address and * in most cases * race. The Daily Caller has
obtained all of this information from a source in the New York City

Among addresses for which information is available, single-family homes
listed on those police intake forms have a median value of $305,000 * a
far higher number than the $185,400 median value of owner-occupied housing
units in the United States.

Some of the homes where *Occupy* arrestees reside, viewed through Google
Maps and the Multiple Listing Service real estate database, are the
definition of opulence.

Using county assessors and online resources such as, TheDC
estimated property values and rents for 87 percent of the homes and 59
percent of the apartments listed in the arrest records.

Even in the nation*s currently depressed housing market, at least 95 of
the protesters* residences are worth approximately $500,000 or
more. (RELATED SLIDESHOW: Opulent homes of the *99 percent*)

The median monthly rent for those living in apartments whose information
is readily available is $1,850.

Of the 984 protesters arrested, at least 797 are white. The median age of
*Occupy* protesters taken into custody is 27 years.

Ten demonstrators were arrested more than once. Most of the arrests, it
should be noted, were for nonviolent offenses.

The arrest intake documents show that arrestees came to New York from all
over the country but particularly from the Northeast.

Criminal charges ranged from *loitering while wearing a mask* and *failure
to move along* to *violent behavior* and other more serious charges such
as *assault 2 [second-degree assault] caus[ing] physical injury to police
[or] firemen.* There was also one charge of *sex abuse 3 [third-degree].*
Hundreds were arrested on October 1 for obstructing traffic on the
Brooklyn Bridge.

While it would not be fair to conclude that the arrested protesters are
fully representative of a movement that is not completely understood, this
information forms the most complete snapshot yet of the demonstrations*
more militant participants.

It also reinforces the persistent critique of protesters as entitled,
upper-class agitators with few legitimate grievances.

London*s Daily Mail newspaper, for example, recently highlighted signs of
wealth among the throngs in Zuccotti Park.

*Sleeping beside the hardcore activists are increasing numbers of wealthy
students turning up to make the most of the party atmosphere, drugs and
free food,* reporters Paul Bentley and Micela McLucas wrote in October.
*While they dress down to blend in, the youngsters* privileged backgrounds
are revealed by glimpses of expensive gadgetry or the absent minded
mention of their private schools during heated political debates.*

*I think that it*s accurate to say that our supporters come from all
backgrounds,* Patrick Bruner, the operator of, a
website dedicated to help organize and spread information about the
protests, told TheDC when asked about participants from wealthier
backgrounds. *That said, a (non-random) survey on our site revealed that
our visitors literally are the 99% in regards to economic realities.*

The national median home value of $185,400 reflects U.S. Census statistics
from the years 2005 through 2009, the last year data were available.

TheDC was able to estimate home values and apartment rents for 659 of the
972 residences. Thirteen were in university dormitories; six were post
office boxes; four were addresses in foreign countries. Many addresses
proved to be nonexistent, and a few were not provided to police.

TheDC has elected not to publish personally identifying information.

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