Occupy Louisville has released a video of protesters clashing with police outside of a Chase Bank in the Highlands.
A police spokesman says officers were called to the bank Saturday afternoon in response to a complaint that protesters were blocking the entrance. The video shows several scuffles as police officers first attempt to keep the bank doors clear, then take several demonstrators into the bank for questioning.
Five Occupy Louisville members were arrested. All were charged with disorderly conduct; two of them were also charged with third-degree assault and resisting arrest. All but one have been released on their own recognizance.
The protest was meant to persuade Chase to end foreclosures in the area. The arrests mark the first major clash between Occupy and the LMPD. Aside from a dispute over permits for the Occupy encampment downtown, demonstrators’ relationship with the city has been fairly cordial.
Some demonstrators say the arresting officers were overly aggressive. There were no serious injuries reported.
Rick Howlett contributed to this report.