Four Occupy Wall Street protesters were reportedly arrested yesterday following a march to One Chase Manhattan Plaza, the headquarters of JP Morgan Chase. DNAInfo reports that that the protest was without incident when cops arrested two men and then grabbed others as marchers headed back to Zuccotti Park. "The police went into the crowd and pulled these older people out. It didn't seem like they had done anything at all," said protester Nisse Greenberg, 25, referring to an older man in a suit and a woman who were handcuffed.
Greenberg said he saw an older man in a sharp suit and a woman arrested for no apparent reason: "They obviously weren't doing anything the other hundreds of people were doing. They pulled them out and threw them against the truck and [the man and woman] kept on saying, "What did I do? What did I do?" Hundreds of protesters had marched through the financial district holding a giant check dedicated to Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, signifying his big tax break if the state's millionaire's tax ends.
Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg vigorously defended Dimon, complaining about protesters visiting his posh Upper East Side home on Tuesday as part of the Millionaire's March. "Jamie Dimon is one of the great bankers," said Bloomberg. "He's brought more business to this city than any banker in (the) modern day. To go and picket him, I don't know what that achieves. Jamie Dimon is an honorable person, working very hard, paying his taxes."
Perhaps responding to the heated (but entirely peaceful) atmosphere of the protests, Goldman Sachs has warned employees to stay away from OWS and Zuccotti Park entirely this week. At least five employees confirmed to CNBC that they were told they should not go to the square for any reason—some say the reason is because it is unsafe, others say that it could “endanger your career.” So far, Goldman Sachs hasn't commented on the reports, but at least one worker says the new policy is totally "unofficial."