VIDEO: CitiBank arrests of Occupy Wall Street protesters who tried to close accounts

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on Oct 15, 2011

Group of CitiBank customers attempt to close accounts as a form of protest- 2 dozen are locked inside bank until police arrive, 5 cops take down woman.

That's right, CitiBank is now having people arrested for closing their own accounts. Good p.r. move, officers and corporate "people".

H/t: @LUCKYMW, @newfiemedia

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  • KansasDem

    But, in your own words, "my guess". Well my guess is that the bank called the cops and the cops took the bank's side of things w/o much investigation.

    My guess vs your guess, who's the loser??????????

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Well, no, that wasn't the case, at the very least not with everyone. We're all losers if people can be arrested for closing bank accounts.

  • George

    there is no legal grounds for arresting people for closing accounts. my guess:they caused a disturbance in the bank and were charged with harassment and disturbing the peace. losers

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    No, in fact, one woman was actually doing business there, and was arrested. She was not making a scene, nor were others.

  • Guest

    They weren't arrested for trying to close their accounts, they were arrested for making a scene. Not saying it's ok what the police did, but let's get the facts straight if this is going to be an information based campaign.

  • L C

    Actually..they were closing their accounts. Some were able to, some weren't. Two people, in fact, closed their accounts, walked out of the bank and nypd pulled them back into the bank. When they were told to leave they tried to but security guards locked the doors. Yes, you can't protest in a bank..but that's not what they were doing. They were closing their bank accounts which they do have the right to do! And no, they weren't "squatting". To squat somewhere means to stay in an empty building or stay in a residence without paying rent...not at all what they were doing. Don't use words if you can't use them correctly.

  • Comments

    Use of undercover officers among demonstrators, very disturbing:

    http://occupy.uslaw.com/post/11575762227/nypd-verse-santa-cruz-police-department-bank

  • KansasDem

    I was in hopes that fsfs would back up their claim that the "protesters" were "squatting" and not customers at all.

    Just saying something doesn't always make it true ;^)

    I certainly find it easy to believe that the banks are at fault here but I'm always willing to listen to the other side of the story.

  • Anonymous

    This is the reality it has been going on all along you just weren't aware of it

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff
  • KansasDem

    If you can provide a link to more info I'm sure Gotta or Paddy would like to  include it in an update.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Willie-Watson/579467622 Willie Watson

    We need farmers.  We need doctors.  We need teachers and trash collectors.  We do not need banks.  November 5th is move your money day.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DJFLNCXY3QUSKLQWHFYQ7SOMFY fsfs

    They weren't closing accounts, they were squatting in Citibank. Big difference. Manager asked them to leave, they refused. Cops were called in, and arrested em. Just goes to show how both sides of this try to twist stories to their agendas.  You CANT protest inside a bank,  you can outside it however. Get more smart OWS. Soon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DJFLNCXY3QUSKLQWHFYQ7SOMFY fsfs

    They weren't closing accounts, they were squatting in Citibank. Big difference. Manager asked them to leave, they refused. Cops were called in, and arrested em. Just goes to show how both sides of this try to twist stories to their agendas.  You cant protest inside a bank,  you can outside it however. Get more smart OWS. Soon.

  • Alias Lyrica

    losing your freedoms to corporations and banks? naw, impossible.

  • Lagunadeb

    no..this just can't be true in America...how can a bank have the power to arrest someone for closing their account..there has to be more to this story. this is insane. I know banks are corps which are now people, but this doen't make any sense in any world view possible. If I had a citbank account I would close it now.

  • Anonymous

    I smell lawsuits in the immediate future - having valid customers arrested for trying to close their accounts sounds like it should be handled with a hefty lawsuit, NOW. 

  • KansasDem

    If in fact Citibank customers were arrested for trying to complete any transaction inside a Citibank branch some lawyers are already counting the settlement money.

    Must hear more.