About three dozen protesters who are part of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement were arrested for trespassing and taken to the Polk County Jail late Sunday night after they refused to leave a park west of the Iowa Capitol when it closed at 11 p.m.
Several people were dragged on the ground or carried away in handcuffs by state troopers, after they linked arms and huddled together in an effort to avoid arrest.
“It was a complete police over-reaction. The police could have chosen to let the protest remain, as they have in Iowa City and many other places,” said Drake University Law Professor Sally Frank, who estimated that there were between 30 and 36 arrests. “There was some brutality. One man was pepper-sprayed and injured.”