United States Park Police arrested 31 at McPherson Square in Washington, the site of the Occupy DC protests, today after protesters refused to dismantle a wooden barn-like structure assembled overnight. Park police discovered the structure this morning around 10:30 a.m. and ordered its removal after building inspectors found it to be unsafe for occupancy, a spokesperson for the Park Police told reporters. Police arrested 15 for crossing a police barricade; 16 others were arrested for refusing to vacate the structure — including six who remained on its roof in a tense standoff for hours after police demanded they leave. Engineers dismantled the structure shortly after 9 p.m., and parts of the public park remained cordoned off by police tape.
According to police spokesperson Sgt. David Schlosser, there were no plans to break up the remainder of the Occupy DC camp. Watch video of police using a cherry-picker to remove protesters from the barn’s roof: