Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) — Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested last month during a demonstration on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge are scheduled to start appearing in court today to face disorderly conduct charges.
More than 900 people have been charged in connection with the protests since they began in lower Manhattan on Sept. 17, including about 700 arrested during the Oct. 1 bridge demonstration, according to the New York City Police Department.
Martin Stolar, an attorney associated with the National Lawyers Guild who is representing some of the demonstrators, said more than five dozen protesters arrested on Oct. 1 are scheduled to be arraigned in New York State Supreme Court today. More than 100 others set to appear before a judge later in the week, he said.
More than 50 of about 80 protesters who were arrested during a Sept. 24 march to Union Square in Manhattan on Nov. 3 rejected an offer from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance to have their cases dismissed if they aren’t arrested within six months, choosing instead to have their cases go to trial. Nine other demonstrators accepted Vance’s offer, while about 14 failed to appear. One case was dismissed.
Demonstrators have been protesting the financial industry and income inequality and unemployment, among other issues, since setting up residence in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan on Sept. 17. Since the arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge, the protest has expanded to cities across the U.S.
–Editors: Michael Hytha, Douglas Wong