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Occupy Louisville protest leads to arrests

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the first time since the Occupy Louisville protests began, a demonstration Saturday turned ugly. Five demonstrators were arrested and are facing charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assault.

Some 40 Occupy Louisville demonstrators were protesting what they call unfair lending practices when the demonstration got out of hand.

"Why do you have handcuffs on her? Excuse me, why do you have handcuffs on her?" shouts one protestor as police arrest a woman.

Phone camera video shot by one of the protesters inside chase bank, as they were being arrested, showed a clearly a tense scene.

"If you guys can't even handle a peaceful protest outside a bank... (police) Shut your mouth. Nobody needs for you to say anything. If we want something, we'll ask for it. (protester) No one needs to be violent. (police) You be quiet."

Police arrested five protesters. As they were booked into Metro Corrections, other occupy demonstrators gathered outside. They claimed the arrests were unprovoked and that police were overly aggressive.

"I don't really know what drove the police to arrest the protesters to be honest. We were having a peaceful protest. No one was being violent, except the police did turn violent," says one protestor.

"I saw the police bring down their arms on people who were holding open doors. I saw the police hit a woman in the neck where she now has a bruise."

Video released by Occupy Louisville late Saturday night appears to show the moment the confrontation got out of hand.

This is the first incident like this involving Occupy Louisville, but far from hurting their cause, the protesters say it may energize it.

"We're still going to operate the same way. We are going to continue on with peaceful protests."

In a statement, Louisville Metro Police say the protesters were arrested only after they tried to rush the door. Of the five people arrested, two were charged with assaulting a police officer.

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