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Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested outside Mayor's home


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Three Occupy Wall Street protesters participating in a rowdy demonstration near Mayor Michael Bloomberg's house were arrested Sunday night, officials said.

Madeline Nelson, 56, of Brooklyn was arrested for allegedly banging a metal pan with a spoon in a community affairs officer's face after she was asked to stop, police said.

Michael Carder, who said he was Nelson's partner, said she had not yet been released as of Monday afternoon.

"All I got was a very garbled cell phone message as she was being arrested," Carder told amNewYork. "She sounded pretty shook up."

"We're all horrified with what the police do, but we just button it up," added Carder, who said they had been at demonstrations last week. "She stays very cool. She does not lash out at the police or mouth off at them."

Protester Rashida Crethers, 19, of Bay Ridge, was later arrested after fighting with a pedestrian. Police tried to break up the fight, and said Crethers refused to back down, and then flailed her arms as an officer tried to arrest her, according to an NYPD spokesman.

Crethers later disputed the official's account, saying she "didn't even know [she] was being arrested," though she admitted ignoring warnings from police that she could be arrested. She is due back in court at the end of February on charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassment and obstructing traffic, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Brendan Rosa, 24, of the Catskills, was also arrested for trying to prevent the cop from cuffing Crethers, and then also for resisting arrest, police said. Phone numbers could not be found for Crethers or Rosa.

The police spokesman, who was at the 24-hour drum circle protest that began Sunday afternoon, said, "It was largely peaceful, if not loud."

Hundreds of protesters were rallying outside Bloomberg's Upper East Side home Sunday, in what they said was retaliation for the city's early morning raid on their Zuccotti Park home last week. Since then, protesters have been barred from bringing sleeping bags or tents back into the park.

The National Lawyer's Guild, which has been representing arrested protesters, said it was aware of the arrests, but did not immediately comment.

This story has been update since its publication to include comment from Rashida Crethers about her arrest.

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