Occupy Wall Street Protesters Begin Search For Items Taken During Eviction
"Occupy" protesters showed up at a Department of Sanitation garage Wednesday in hopes of retrieving items seized during their eviction from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning. NY1’s Roger Clark filed the following report.
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Occupy Wall Street protesters headed inside a Department of Sanitation building on Manhattan’s West Side Wednesday in search of their personal items.
"I'm looking for my large backpack with my tent and a pile of books," one protester said.
People looking for things removed from Zuccotti Park during Tuesday’s early morning eviction had to take care of some business first, filling out claim forms and then having to provide proof of ownership.
"Just common sense things—like if it's a backpack, can they describe the contents, if it's a laptop, do they know the password? Things like that,” said Julie Wood, the mayor’s deputy press secretary. “If they are able to provide proof, then we will give the item back today."
If not, the item will be tagged and set aside and can be claimed Friday if no one else comes to take it. Among the items retrieved were books from the library that was established at Zuccotti Park. They were brought to the building, where sanitation officers helped search through piles of items.
"There are just mountains and mountains of damaged property. Their tents, their sleeping bags, their clothes, their piles of shoes," said one worker.
Elijah Moses was able to pick up his cymbals but couldn't find some other items.
"There's still at least $500, $600 worth of equipment still inside," said Moses.
Some people NY1 talked with said none of this would have been necessary if things were handled differently early Tuesday morning at Zuccotti Park.
Ian McCurdy wasn't able to track down his backpack.
"I'm flying out tonight so, stuff gone," said McCurdy.
The garage will be open for people to try to find their things from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, when the city hopes the process will be complete.