Occupy Wall Street demonstrators took their drums, horns and loud voices to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Upper East Side neighborhood Sunday to demand an explanation for Tuesday's clearing of Zuccotti Park by the NYPD.
Police set up barricades along the sidewalk in front of Bloomberg's apartment house on East 79th Street and protesters were kept about one-half block from his front door.
Bloomberg "came to visit us, now we'll come visit him," said Aaron Black, an organizer of the demonstration. "We have a right to have all of these questions answered."
It was not known if the mayor was home at the time of the protest, which had more than 200 participants.
Norman Siegel, a lawyer for the protesters, sent the mayor and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly a letter Sunday with 22 questions about alleged police misconduct during the early morning raid. The letter detailed several allegations against the NYPD, including unwarranted use of force, destruction of private property, contradictory orders given to civilians and denial of press access to the area.
Police also failed to observe a temporary restraining order against the crackdown issued at 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 15 by the State Supreme Court, according to Siegel's letter. State Senator Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) helped draft the letter.
"They were forcing people out on the premise of violating the rules, but it was the police department that violated rules that night," Adams said Sunday at a Zuccotti Park news conference before the trek to Bloomberg's neighborhood.
Siegel has filed a Freedom of Information request to get detailed rosters of NYPD employees, command structures and vehicles deployed during a Nov. 11 demonstration at Foley Square.
Officials with the NYPD were not available for comment Sunday night.
In a statement, Stu Loeser, the mayor's press secretary, said: "Protests outside the mayor's home are nothing new. We work hard to guarantee that anyone can express their views in any area of the city, as long as they do it legally and do not infringe on the rights of others."
Police on foot and on scooters lined up in front of the protesters along Fifth Avenue.
Bloomberg has been the target of Occupy Wall Street suspicion before. His girlfriend, Diana Taylor, sits on the board of Brookfield Office Properties, which owns Zuccotti Park. But now, the protesters see him as the main perpetrator in shutting down their encampment.
"We feel that the Bloom-berg administration is where you begin" to get some answers, said Siegel. "The second stop is Brookfield."