A heated confrontation Monday night between Occupy Wall Street protesters and the NYPD was defused through the help of some civil rights star power: Rev. Jesse Jackson.

As described by Animal New York, a “big commotion” broke out minutes before midnight on the south side of Zuccotti Park, as police closed in to remove the green-and-white “medical tent” that functioned as a first-aid station. “Out of nowhere,” they write, Jackson “swooped in and spoke face-to-face with the NYPD.”

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