Two Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested last night for assaulting a police officer with a pipe. One of the arrested protesters, Alexander Penley, is an attorney.
41-year-old Alexander Penley is also one of the #Occupy Wall Streeet organizers. He discussed the goals of the movement in a TV interview back in October.
The Gothamist reported:
According to police, the two men who were arrested in front of the Sixth Street Community Center last night allegedly assaulted an NYPD sergeant with a metal pipe in front of the Starbucks on Astor Place. One of the men, 41-year-old Alexander Penley, is an attorney and has been an Occupy Wall Street organizer since the movement began in the fall.
Penley, along with 30-year-old Nicholas Thommen, were arrested around 10 p.m. after what witnesses described as a violent scuffle between the two men and police officers, and are charged with a litany of offenses, including assaulting a police officer, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, and inciting a riot.