Occupy MN: Two protesters arrested at dismantling of Tent City

Daniel Nucleo Alexander displays a head injury he says resulted from his arrest.
Daniel Nucleo Alexander displays a head injury he says resulted from his arrest.
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After Occupy Mpls protesters attempted to erect a Tent City in Hennepin County Government Plaza, they were given a literal rude awakening at 4 a.m. when sheriff's deputies and security guards kicked them out of the tents and dismantled them.

No one was arrested, but the occupiers still had four tents secreted somewhere on the plaza. They marched across the street to City Hall -- from county property to city property -- and popped them up. A human chain was formed around the tents to block the Minneapolis police.

It proved ultimately futile and led to two arrests.

At about 9 a.m., Minneapolis cops showed up and started breaking the tents down again. Two protesters refused to get out of the tents and were arrested.

The first was Michael "Panda" Bounds -- this is his second Occupy-related arrest. The first came at a demonstration at a foreclosed home in South Minneapolis. Bounds was picked up by officers and physically carried into a squad car.

The second was Daniel Nucleo Alexander, known on the plaza as DNA. He was thrown face down on the sidewalk during his arrest, and displayed injuries on the group's Facebook page after he was released. Minneapolis police say they used force because Alexander seemed to be reaching for an officer. Alexander told the AP he was reaching for his jacket.

Both men were charged with misdemeanor obstruction of the legal process. Alexander was released yesterday, but Bounds is still in custody.

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