Police clashes mar Occupy Wall Street protests

By AMY WESTFELDT and COLLEEN LONG | November 18, 2011 | 2:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets, the New York Stock Exchange and the Brooklyn Bridge to raise their voices against what they say is corporate excess.

More than 300 people were arrested at Occupy Wall Street protests on Thursday, the two-month anniversary of the movement against what some say is economic inequality.

The movement this week — including police raids that broke up encampments in New York and other cities — shone the spotlight on police riot and crowd control tactics.

Protesters said the use of force was excessive. But policing experts say the tactics were necessary and looked worse than they were once protesters and police faced off.