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Three demonstrators arrested after scuffle with officers

By Travis Andersen and Derek J. Anderson
Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent / December 2, 2011
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Three people were arrested at the Occupy Boston camp last night after demonstrators tried to stop police from seizing a sink that had been brought into the Dewey Square encampment, police and witnesses said.

Superintendent in Chief Daniel Linskey of the Boston police said there was some pushing and pulling when police tried to remove construction materials.

Demonstrators said officers took a sink, which someone had brought into the camp so that people could wash dishes.

“We’re not allowing new construction materials’’ into the area, Linskey said.

David Estrada, a police spokesman, said that three people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges and that more charges were possible. Police did not identify the suspects.

One suspect was also charged with assault and battery on a police officer, Superintendent William Evans said.

Demonstrator Robin Jacks, 31, said the incident occurred around 9 p.m.

“The police came and told us that we could not have a sink,’’ she said. “Then people gathered around and got really upset.’’

“They shoved me down to the ground and dragged the sink over me,’’ Rita Sebastian, 58, said of the police officers.

In a video clip posted online, several officers can be seen carrying a sink toward a police wagon and wading through a crowd of demonstrators.

Demonstrator John Ford, 30, doubted the police response was cost-effective.

“They could have bought a solid gold sink with how much was just paid [in overtime] to take ours,’’ he said.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe. Derek J. Anderson can be reached at derek.anderson@globe.com.

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