VIDEO: Philly Bike Cops Wipe Out #OccupyICE Tent City, Arrest Occupants

Approximately 100 Philadelphia police officers forced protesters to clear a pathway into the ICE building.

Philadelphia, PA – An Occupy ICE tent city outside the Philadelphia regional office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was taken down by Philadelphia police on Thursday, as officers on bikes plowed through the encampment to clear a pathway to and from the building (video below).

Dozens of protesters had taken over the sidewalk and entry areas around the building for the past four days, WCAU reported.

In addition to calling for an end to the separation of families at the U.S. border with Mexico, the demonstrators have also demanded that an immigrant family detention center in Berks County be closed, and want the city to stop allowing ICE to access local police, prosecutorial, and court records, according to the new outlet.

"Protestors have been notified repeatedly that they are free to remain and protest at the premises, as long as they do not block the building egress or set up permanent encampments,” a spokesman for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told WCAU in an email. “Despite these repeated warnings today and throughout the week, a group of protestors ignored these instructions."

"No one, regardless of political view, is permitted to set up an encampment and the mayor cannot make exceptions simply because he agrees with the protesters,” the spokesman added.

According to WCAU, law enforcement officials warned the demonstrators to leave three times before approximately 100 officers were sent to clear the area.

Video footage showed a swarm of officers on bicycles as they descended on the encampment and ordered protesters to move back.

They tore down tents, umbrellas, and tarps as the demonstrators yelled and argued.

“We weren’t doing anything!” one man screamed. “Stop being a--holes!”

Some of the demonstrators scrambled to gather their litany of belongings, while others stood by and recorded the events. A few remained seated on the ground.

“You f--king fascist pigs!” an irate man yelled just before he raised both hands in an obscene gesture. “Damn you all to hell!”

Using their bikes as a barricade, the officers held the line and waited for the demonstrators to clear out.

When two of the protesters refused to stand, police swooped in and took them into custody. Their fellow officers surrounded them and continued to push the belligerent crowd away from the melee.

Police arrested seven individuals by the time they cleared the encampment, WCAU reported.

All were cited for failure to disperse and were released.

"We are protecting their right to protest as well as trying to keep the streets open and trying access to this building,” Deputy Commissioner of Special Operations Dennis Wilson told WPVI. “There are multiple businesses in this building so we have to make sure these entrances are kept open."

Officers had already arrested another 29 protesters who were blocking the walkway on Tuesday, according to WCAU.

You can watch footage of the officers’ clash with the irate demonstrators in the video below:

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blulady032
blulady032

That's what they need to do in New York City.

Da$
Da$

Each a$$hole enjoying a Soros payday. When will that prick be indicted? How damn tough is it to follow that money trail? Oh yeah, the f.b.i. is too busy "making sure Trump doesn't get elected."

wozzy7
wozzy7

Thank God! I was beginning to believe the cops balls had fallen off!

sturnman22
sturnman22

Repel the invaders - time to take the gloves off!

ragnarok1943
ragnarok1943

Heartwarming video.

JAMSR
JAMSR

USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA

chkgeorge
chkgeorge

out fucking standing

kerbango
kerbango

So awesome

Bordercop
Bordercop

Outstanding Philly PD!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!! It is wonderful to see law and order taken back by the city’s PD!!!! Years ago the rules were they could walk on the sidewalks and keep moving, while not obstructing pedestrian traffic and if they went into the street they were arrested for Jaywalking. God it is soooooo good to see laws enforced!!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Congratulations Philadelphia Police Department! It is good to know that some of your leadership still respects the law and is strong enough to make good decisions to enforce them.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

They would have left a mess and not taken all their garbage with them. Bring in a dump truck and font end loader and really clear them out. Disgusting. They should check the employment history of all of these and if they're receiving govt. aid, take that away....theyre not actively looking for work

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

Back up a dump truck, have them throw their own shite in the truck, if the don't arrest for civil disobedience, public nuisance, littering and trespassing.

Katarina
Katarina

"No one, regardless of political view, is permitted to set up an encampment and the mayor cannot make exceptions simply because he agrees with the protesters,” About time our laws are enforced. Too many dictators running too many cities!

Red line
Red line

How do I contribute to Philly PD? That was a job well done.

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

WOW! Philly police finally grew some balls.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Smart to use the bikes. Very efficient and effective maneuvers.

Mrs10
Mrs10

I was particularly swayed by the teen/young 20s guy who screamed obscenities while holding his mom's floral pastel giant umbrella. That most definitely made me see I.C.E. in a new light. Can we deport him and all those like him who don't work and spend their time band-wagoning onto causes while willfully breaking laws?!

Berea1614
Berea1614

I'm a veteran LEO (44 years) and just retired (again): Job well done and tactical using your bikes as a moving barrier. The protesters AKA/squatters were advised what was expected of them but they over stepped the line. Looks like from the video, the brave loud mouth holding the umbrella did not hang around when the team took the field.

VicG
VicG

Well done Brothers. Stay safe...

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jammars
jammars

THANK YALL...LOVE BLUE

Ruger-Beretta
Ruger-Beretta

Way to go Ladies and Gentlemen Good job!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wonder what kind of job these people have that allows them the time to protest and live in tents for a week?

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Soros funded SJW'S

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Hey George Soros - fk you .