‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protestors Claim Excessive NYPD Force in Latest Arrests [Updated]

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NEW YORK -- SEPTEMBER 19: A protester is arrested on Broadway in front of Zuccotti Park, where demonstrators protesting  against the financial system are gathering on September 19, 2011 in New York City. Organizers said the protests, which began Saturday, could last for weeks. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK -- SEPTEMBER 19: A protester is arrested on Broadway in front of Zuccotti Park, where demonstrators protesting against the financial system are gathering on September 19, 2011 in New York City. Organizers said the protests, which began Saturday, could last for weeks. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images) Photo: Michael Nagle/2011 Getty Images

The Occupy Wall Street protest was the site of some commotion and more arrests early this afternoon, this time not simply because demonstrators were wearing masks. According to OccupyWallSt.org, at least five protestors were arrested today and one is now in critical condition after experiencing an asthma attack (Update: This claim is as of yet unconfirmed) during a scuffle that erupted when police attempted to remove a tarp that they said counted as a tent, which would be illegal under public demonstration rules. The protestors claim the plastic covering was simply meant to protect their media equipment from rain. In the video below, NYPD officers can be seen forcefully dragging two young men from the crowd while one screams "I can't breathe," and "I need my inhaler."

Day 4: At least five arrested, one may be in critical condition [OccupyWallSt.org]