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Police in riot gear clear NYC’s ‘Occupy City Hall’ camp

Protesters supporting Occupy City Hall stand behind barriers as members of the New York City Police Department are staged on the other side, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in New York. Scores of protesters marched in the rain to re-sound their calls to stop funding the police department and ultimately abolish it. (AP Photo/Jennifer Peltz)
Protesters supporting Occupy City Hall stand behind barriers as members of the New York City Police Department are staged on the other side, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in New York. Scores of protesters marched in the rain to re-sound their calls to stop funding the police department and ultimately abolish it. (AP Photo/Jennifer Peltz)(Jennifer Peltz | AP)
Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 11:09 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2020 at 12:43 PM EDT
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NEW YORK (AP) - Police in riot gear have raided an encampment of protesters and homeless people near New York’s City Hall.

Before dawn Wednesday, they cleared out the camp, which formed a month ago to push for budget cuts and other changes to the nation’s largest police department. Mayor Bill de Blasio said “health and safety issues were growing” in a camp that had about 50 people at the end.

The police commissioner said there was one arrest, a half-dozen summonses, no injuries and what he called “no real use of force.” But some protesters disputed his account.

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