Police: Occupy Atlanta protester called cops racial slur

An Occupy Atlanta protester used the "n" word while being arrested by a group of black Atlanta police officers Thursday night, authorities said.

Andre' Cline, 42, was charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of an officer and being intoxicated, police spokesman Sgt. Curtis Davenport said.

Davenport said Cline was among the protesters camped outside the AT&T building at 675 Peachtree Street.

Police say he approached a group of black off-duty police officers and began calling them the racial epithet.

He continued to call officers arresting him the slur as he was taken into custody, Davenport said.

When reached for comment, Occupy Atlanta leader Tim Franzen said, "To associate this with Occupy, I feel is wrong."

He said he "knew of" Cline and asked around about what happened.

"He was drunk and belligerent and [we] asked him to leave," Franzen said. "He had an altercation with police after [we] kicked him out."