By noon, only one protestor had been arrested, according to U.S. Capitol Police. He was charged with assault on a police officer after shoving an officer who tried to remove him from a tree. Police detained a second protestor after he charged the steps of the Capitol. At 2 p.m., the total number of arrests was four.
U.S. Capitol Police are in contact with group organizers whenever large events are planned, said police spokesperson Kimberly Schneider said by phone.
“Anytime we’re expecting a large crowd, we know to plan accordingly to have additional officers at certain locations to ensure the safety of the group," she said. "On any given day we are prepared to respond to a variety of different scenarios. We’re at this level of preparedness everyday. If there’s going to be additional crowds, then we just enhance that level."
♦ Photo: U.S Capitol Police react as a protestor makes a run for the Capitol doors at Occupy Congress on Tuesday / Carlton Purvis