‘Occupy Philadelphia’ Begins Day 2

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Protesters with ‘Occupy Philadelphia’ woke up on Dilworth Plaza after spending their first night camped outside of City Hall.

Many spent a peaceful night in tents and sleeping bags. Those who were still up at 1 a.m. got a surprise visit from Mayor Michael Nutter.

“He spent (around) a half-hour-to-45 minutes. Took his time and spoke to anyone who was still awake,” described one of the protesters. “The tone of the conversation was, ‘Keep it peaceful, we want to support you. We understand what your causes are. Don’t forget that we’re here for you too.’ It was a really nice conversation.”

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(Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, left, and Officer Chris Frazier walk through Dilworth Plaza early Friday morning. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Also Friday morning, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey stopped by to survey the scene and said they wanted to make sure they oversee the protest without cracking heads or using pepper spray, which has been done in other cities.

“We have tracked every single city in which this is taking place and our goal is to make Philadelphia the example of how to do it without any of that kind of conflict. Hopefully we’re successful,” Ramsey said.

The main event that is expected on Friday is a march down to the stock exchange building.

Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Dave

    Are’nt there ordinances against sleeping in public places? Nutter and Ramsey need to stop worrying about political correctness and arrest these people for what they are…..vagrants and bums with no visible means of support.

  • Concerned citizen.

    Commisioner Ramsey, I think it’s great that you want to show other cities that we can protest the right way, but the truth is this is a peaceful protest. I understand having a few extra cops in the vicinity, but I saw well over a hundred cops stationed at city hall yesterday doing pretty much nothing. If you’re going to pay for extra cops to be on the job, please have them patroling neighborhoods that need the extra patroling. Especially in light of the increase of gun violence in the recent weeks. There was a shooting right near my house on 13th and Catharine and it didn’t make the news since no one died. There’s shootings everywhere and it needs to end…

  • Tired of irgnorance.

    I get so frustrated with ignorant individuals who blame this mess on Obama… there was 8 years of damage that Obama has tried to change. While he was tried the republicans pledged to block every peice of legistlation that Obama wanted to put in place to clean up his mess. Newsflash republicans… when the president fail, we all fail! We’re failing because you didn’t want to see Obama succeed. He can’t do it alone.

    • Hater

      What a totally irgnorant comment. John is 100% correct.

    • John

      Actually the first 6 years of the last Administration were ok, it was the last two when the democrats like Pelosi, Dodd, and Frank controlled congress that things went bad, very bad. Then the first two years of the Obama administration we had democrat president, democrat rulled senate, democrat ruled house, what does that lead to, socialism. What you are witnessing now is socialism at it’s best, high unemployment, high foreclosures, and government so big it can’t govern itself. Yes Obama needs to go, Harry Reid needs to go. Remember the days of Bill Clinton? Republicans controlled the Senate, Republican ruled the house, what did we have? Prosperity.

  • John

    We warned them what life would be like if Barack Obama was President, and they still voted him in, and they are so blind to the real cause of their plight that they still support him. By the way, insulting the very people you want to help you get of the financial cirsis is not going to work.

  • Frank

    Too funny. Nutter understands what their “causes” are yet they themselves have no clue.

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