Incidents of pepper-spray, beating and manhandling of peaceful protestors by New York Police

 

On September 17, 1,000 protesters marched through the streets, with an estimated 100 to 200 staying overnight in cardboard boxes (tents being prohibited by the NYPD). By September 19, seven people had been arrested by the New York Police Department.

Day Five

(September 21, 2011)

On Day Five of the peaceful occupation of Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, multiple peaceful protesters were VIOLENTLY arrested by the authorities. Total arrests have now reached 20 since we began #OccupyWallStreet, according to The New YOrk Times. WeAreTheOther99 can independently CONFIRM on 9/21/11 at least two young men were taken into custody on unspecified charges. Multiple reports of several others off camera and a young female protestor… Working sources to confirm full names and pending charges. We will update as soon as confirmation is possible…UPDATE 5:32 PM EST: At least one male protestor released, working to confirm status of all other arrests today.
HUNDREDS of peaceful protestors chanting "The Whole World is Watching!!" reverberate throughout all of lower Manhattan… American Flags distributed to tourists and construction workers… Several office workers sitting on benches and eating lunch engaging in dialogue with protesters..
Blue collar workers and teachers and tourists have been taking pictures together, in front of our assembled homemade signs… The Movement is spreading, it cannot be stopped now… Reports of HUNDREDS of American Flags being delivered soon… Peaceful protestors continue to occupy Wall Street. DAY FIVE.

 

September 25, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Movement Reports 80 Arrested Today in Protests – Brutal Tactics
At least 80 people were arrested on Wall Street today in the eighth day of protests against corporations, according to the group Occupy Wall St, which reported police used tasers and mace to control the crowd today.
The New York Police Department could not confirm how many arrests had been made because they were still being processed, a spokesman said.
A video has circulated of a police officer throwing a protestor to the ground. The reason for the violence is unknown — the video shows the man standing in what seems to be a non-threatening manner before the attack.
Another video shows police officers shoving male and female protestors off the street, and using a large orange net to move the crowd.
The group claimed today on its website that several arrested protestors were locked inside a police van this morning, one with a "possibly life-threatening" concussion.
The website reported at least one protestor was arrested for taking photographs. An NYPD spokesman said police were not targeting those with cameras.
Photographs that did make it into the blogosphere showed signs that read, "A Few Prosper, Billions Suffer," and "Debt = Slavery."
The protests began on Sept. 17, when hundreds of protestors gathered at Bowling Green Park in Manhattan, home of the iconic charging bull in New York’s Financial District, as they prepared to "take the bull by the horns," as a flyer advertising the event said.
"The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%," said a statement on the website Occupy Wall Street.
According to statements on the website, the movement, an offshoot of online magazine AdBusters, is angered by what it calls the principle of "profit over and above all else," which it says has dominated not only America’s economic policies, but also the way in which Americans view culture and humanity.
Posts on the website compare the group’s efforts to those used in pro-democracy movements across the Middle East, dubbed the Arab Spring.
"On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months," one statement says. "Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants."
As has become the norm of such protests, this movement has been fueled by social media fire, with supporters taking to Twitter under the hash tag #occupywallstreet. The major hacking group Anonymous has also thrown in its support, live streaming the day’s events.
"History teaches us that when the rich get too rich and the poor get too poor there is always a revolution. Let’s hope this is the start of change!" wrote a reader with the username "Takebackourgovernment" on the movement’s website today.

Pepper Spray by NYPD on peaceful female protestors

The original slow motion video analysis of NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna mace deployment near Union Square on September 24, 2011 as relayed by New York Times, CBS, UPI, The Guardian, Village Voice, and broadcast on MSNBC.

Pepper spray and batons have been used against thousands of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in New York. People, angry with their government for favoring banks and corporations while doing little to help THEM, have been rallying all over the country for the third week running. RT talks to Stephen Lendman, radio host, author and blogger joins us now live from Chicago.
Police Club, Pepper Spray #occupywallstreet Protestors @ Wall Street 10.05.11
Interview with Julie Lawler and Damien Crisp – COUPLE WHO IGNITED OCCUPY WALL STREET movement. Julie Lawler and Damien Crisp were pepper-sprayed and beaten describe their involvement from Day 1.I met Julie a few hours after the attack.They were beaten and pepper-sprayed– but not arrested. (It is illegal for a police officer to use pepper-spray unless he intends to make an arrest) Julie was already back in Liberty Square, her face still stinging with pain from the attack. Everyone was on edge. The police surrounded us, and we knew there was nothing protecting us from another assault… This was well before the media caught the story, even before Police Spokesman Paul Browne denied that Commander Anthony Bologna had abused his power- and none of us knew that it would generate even a word in the press, let alone a firestorm and jump-start Occupy Wall Street

 

NYPD used pepper spray, batons, and brute force to move protesters away from the entrance to Wall Street after many tried to push through police barricades. Rumors immediately circulated that police provocateurs dressed as protesters were to blame for the incident.
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