Police Remove Barricades From Wall Street Bull

NEW YORK (AP) -
Police officers stand near barricades surrounding “Charging Bull,” the bronze sculpture that symbolizes Wall Street, in this 2011 photo taken during the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Police officers stand near barricades surrounding “Charging Bull,” the bronze sculpture that symbolizes Wall Street, in this 2011 photo taken during the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The Wall Street bull has been freed from his corral. Police on Tuesday removed the barricades surrounding the Charging Bull sculpture, where it had been penned in since September 2011, when police feared the sculpture would be targeted by Occupy Wall Street protesters. Security will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.

The bull has long been popular with tourists who like to snap photos with the 3½-ton, 7,000-pound bronze sculpture. On Wednesday morning, they were doing just that as uniformed officers stood by nonchalantly.