From this account by an Occupy protester in LA (who happens to be a writer for Family Guy):
As I watched, the LAPD sliced that canopy tent to shreds, broke the telescoping poles into pieces and scattered the detritus across the park. Note that these were the objects described in subsequent mainstream press reports as “30 tons of garbage” that was “abandoned” by Occupy LA: personal property forcibly stolen from us, destroyed in front of our eyes and then left for maintenance workers to dispose of while we were sent to prison.
Lots of other outrages in the story, but the above struck me as illuminating. I wondered about the garbage numbers reported by city officials at the various protest sites after they were cleared. That much garbage should’ve been visible in the press video/photos before the evictions. Are police within their rights to confiscate all of that property? Not sure. However, calling it garbage seems to be a stretch. You can see what look like tents and possessions getting rolled up in what little footage exists of the NYC cleanup.
Little surprise that they didn’t allow press (even the news choppers) to document much of anything.