Occupy says it is still strong in Philadelphia, blasts police

Occupy Philadelphia’s tent city is no longer stationed next to City Hall, but members of the group say they’re angry, and they’re not going away. 

Occupy Philadelphia member Vanessa Maria Graber, the community radio director at the Prometheus Radio Project, said she was trying to cover the eviction for the website occupyphillymedia.org.  “Wearing my press credentials and I was filming with two cameras, I tried to stay alongside other members of the press in order to gain some protection from the police,” said Graber.  “Unfortunately during a moment of sheer chaos and terror I was trampled by a police horse. I am here to condemn the use of excessive police force.”Graber said she was instructed by her attorney not to comment on specifics.When asked, the group declined to say whether it is planning to sue the city or the Police Department.Members of Occupy Philadelphia repeatedly criticized how the media portrayed the eviction and the arrests.  Mayor Michael Nutter has said the Philadelphia Police Department executed a well-planned operation to remove the protesters.  Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said officers showed a lot of restraint.

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