According to early reports, the police said that at least 16 protesters had been arrested, including nine men and seven women. All but one of the protesters faced charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, the police said. One protester was charged solely with disorderly conduct.
The police said the protesters had apparently held a mock trial of Goldman Sachs at their encampment in Zuccotti Park before setting out for the building to deliver their verdict.
When they got to the building, several crowded the pace in front of the building.
“They were asked to move numerous times, and failed to do so,” a police spokesman said. “Consequently, arrests had to be made.”
There were no injuries as the protesters were taken into custody and transported to to the Seventh Precinct for processing, the police said.
A Goldman Sachs security manager said the event included about 100 protesters who walked west on Murray Street and crossed the West Side Highway to 200 West Street, the Goldman Sachs building, and began demonstrating.
The manager, who would not provide his name, said that about a dozen in the group simply sat down on a wide sidewalk in front of the main entrance to the building. He said that Goldman Sachs officials did not call the police, but rather that police officers who had been following the marchers ordered those who were seated to get up. He confirmed the police account, saying that when the protesters refused, they were arrested.
He stressed that the event was not marked by violence — on either side.
Soon after, the remaining protesters marched back across the busy highway and east on Murray Street.
By about 2 p.m., there was no presence of the protesters outside Goldman Sachs location. Seven uniformed police officers were there, standing guard outside the building.