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BREAKING: Judge rules NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg cannot prevent protesters from re-entering park, establishing camp

.pdf of order above.

If NYPD attempts to evict, they are in contempt of court for violation of a restraining order enjoining them from taking action.

This is an amazing victory for the First Amendment!

Update: This is a temporary order, permanent order being heard now.

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Dr. Cornell West was arrested today protesting the NYPD’s use of “stop and frisk” searches:

Princeton professor and noted activist Cornel West was arrested last weekend for protesting in front of the Supreme Court, and on Friday afternoon he repeated the experience in New York City.
West was part of a demonstration against the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy, in which individuals considered suspicious by the police are searched without due cause.
According to Salon’s Justin Elliott, the NYPD carried out 600,000 such searches last year, with 87% of the targets being black or Hispanic. Only 7% of the searches resulted in arrest, and critics of the policy say it does little to reduce crime and is probably unconstitutional.

Here’s the speech he gave moments before the arrests began:

These searches, even if they yielded arrests the majority of the time, have enormous potential for abuse - evident with the NYPD’s application of stop and frisk searches. To me, the searches are a morally reprehensible violation of a person’s civil rights.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Keep fighting, folks. King wrote in the same letter, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

Dr. Cornell West was arrested today protesting the NYPD’s use of “stop and frisk” searches:

Princeton professor and noted activist Cornel West was arrested last weekend for protesting in front of the Supreme Court, and on Friday afternoon he repeated the experience in New York City.

West was part of a demonstration against the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy, in which individuals considered suspicious by the police are searched without due cause.

According to Salon’s Justin Elliott, the NYPD carried out 600,000 such searches last year, with 87% of the targets being black or Hispanic. Only 7% of the searches resulted in arrest, and critics of the policy say it does little to reduce crime and is probably unconstitutional.

Here’s the speech he gave moments before the arrests began:

These searches, even if they yielded arrests the majority of the time, have enormous potential for abuse - evident with the NYPD’s application of stop and frisk searches. To me, the searches are a morally reprehensible violation of a person’s civil rights.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Keep fighting, folks. King wrote in the same letter, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

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On buying an NYPD rent-a-cop for $37/hr: Commoners need not apply

Rebloggable by request:

 cellycelia asked:

Hey, I’m getting conservative skeptics ask for proof of nypd being paid off by banks. I found an article on JP Morgan paying them off. Is that the only incidence, or do you happen to know more?

Meg of Cognitive Dissonance

There’s plenty out there on this - it’s not a new thing. They’re called the “Paid Detail Unit” and it was originally to let cops work as security guards for bars and clubs.

Mayor likely unable to block bill on off-duty cops for bars: From 2004 about the “Paid Detail Unit”

Financial Giants Put New York City Cops On Their Payroll

Closing Time? A proposed after-hours license looms like an apocalyptic last call over everyone from Lotus to Schiller’s. Club owners’ alternative: Let us have cops!

NYPD now on Big Bank Payroll

Who Really Owns The NYPD? Turns Out It’s Not Such A Rhetorical Question

WALL STREET BANKS BUY POLICE PROTECTION AT $37 PER HOUR (PENSIONS/MEDICAL PAID BY TAXPAYERS, THOUGH)…NYC EXPECTS RACKET TO BRING IN NEARLY $12 MILLION IN 2011…

On Wall Street’s Private Police in NYPD Uniforms

If they have questions, I’ve got answers. Probably. 

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A National Lawyers Guild observer was run over by a New York City police officer on a motorcycle this morning. Images of the incident, including this one (which was tweeted by documentarian Dustin Slaughter) have been circulating rapidly via social media. (CBS posted a photograph of the moment from a different angle, which you can see here.) The video, published by the New York Times’ East Village blog, appears to show the incident from a distance. The Guild observer is wearing a navy blue shirt with light blue shoulders.

Jesus Christ. Not only does he run him over, they drag him screaming across the street by his collar and put him in handcuffs. According to the Gothamist, “The NYPD repeatedly drove scooters at high speeds through crowds of demonstrators during this morning’s march, and another demonstrator was beaten after kicking a police scooter. In this case, the unidentified legal observer will be charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, and two counts of criminal mischief.”

He was in custody for several hours in the emergency room receiving treatment for his injuries. Here’s another angle:

How much does the NYPD have to do before it’s time to forget the clean up at Liberty Plaza/Zuccotti Park and focus on 1 Police Plaza instead?

(Source: politics.salon.com)

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thedailywhat:

Scenes From A Protest of the Day: A NYPD officer setting up barricades ahead of tonight’s ongoing march on Wall Street was caught on tape telling a colleague that his “little nightstick” was “going to get a workout tonight.”

Below: We Are Change founder Luke Rudkowski struck by a police baton during a melee between NYPD officers and protesters in the Financial District. A second angle on the same scene follows underneath.


Fox 5 photographer Roy Isen and Fox 5 reporter Dick Brennan were present at the Financial District fracas and say they were struck with nightsticks and sprayed with Mace. Watch their report below:

More photos/videos here, here, and here.

[nydn / animalny / myfoxny.]

Arrest and beat protesters, double their numbers the next day. 

(Source: thedailywhat, via stickart)

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About that police brutality indeed… Here’s a member of the NYPD caught on camera boasting about how he’s going to beat protesters. He actually says, “My little nightstick’s going to get a workout tonight!” The officer then strikes the ground with his baton.

For more on tonight’s police brutality committed by the NYPD, click here.

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This video shows a senior NYPD officer swinging his baton, beating protesters at tonight’s Occupy Wall Street march in New York City. Onlookers chant, “The whole world is watching!” The protesters were also reportedly pepper-sprayed. You can hear people screaming at others to cover their eyes, so I don’t see this as outside the realm of possibility.

Reporters at The Guardian UK wrote:

Questions are once again being asked about police tactics – video footage shows officers beating some protesters with batons. Despite the march having a permit, and the roads being closed, police funnelled protesters onto the sidewarks and into tightly-penned areas. This appears to have led to the frustration: police say they made about 12 arrests, mostly for disorderly conduct when a group of protesters tried to push through a barrier.

Many protesters are asking why the actions of the police seem to lead to confrontational situations, which the organisers of the Occupy Wall Street movement are so desperate to avoid.

The footage is horrifying. I know people will argue the officer was justified because he may have thought the situation was out of control. However, this was a permitted march. The roads were closed. The NYPD kettled protesters into tight spaces for no reason.

This resembles the purposeful leading and kettling of protesters onto the Brooklyn Bridge by the police - the same bridge police protested on in 1992. That protest was described as a "beer-swilling melee" by The New York Times. And lest we forget Tony Bologna’s brutality towards kettled protesters, here’s video of him pepper-spraying penned-up demonstrators.

The NYPD cannot be allowed to get away with this any longer. Several of those arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge Oct. 1 filed civil rights complaints in federal court. In the complaint, protesters seek to have their arrests nullified and state:

"After escorting and leading a group of demonstrators and others well out onto the Brooklyn Bridge roadway, the NYPD suddenly and without warning curtailed further forward movement, blocked the ability of persons to leave the bridge from the rear, and arrested hundreds of protesters in the absence of probable cause."

They also seek to have the city barred from using such tactics in the future.

I stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and I urge them to stand their ground. I hope these abuses of the U.S. Constitution do not dissuade people from further joining the movement. If you’re like me and can’t get to New York, find an event here

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#OccupyWallStreetMovies is a tag mostly mocking the Occupy Wall Street movement. It’s trending, yet #OccupyWallStreet is generating quite a bit more traffic. So, who’s shocked Twitter is censoring the #OccupyWallStreet hashtag from trending? 

If you are legitimately shocked, you haven’t been paying attention.

JP Morgan Chase has invested over $400 million in Twitter this year, and $4.6 million in the NYPD just a few months ago. Interesting coincidence, no?

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New York City Police Department Officer Arrested on Federal Civil Rights Charges

As alleged in the complaint, on July 5, 2008, [Admir] Kacamakovic, while on duty and in uniform, assaulted with pepper spray, handcuffed and unlawfully detained a man who was involved in a parking dispute in front of a bar owned by Kacamakovic’s cousin. Using an expletive, Kacamakovic told the man that “no one f***s with my cousin’s place.” Kacamakovic also pepper-sprayed a second person during the incident. Thereafter, on two separate occasions, Kacamakovic, in violation of NYPD directives, accessed the NYPD’s computer system to obtain information from a federal database about the assault victim, who had filed both a complaint against Kacamakovic with the Civilian Complaint Review Board and a civil action in New York state court.

Boy, the NYPD likes their pepper spray, eh? Wonder if this guy is BFFs with Tony Bologna?

h/t to @AnonyOps for this release.

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In 1992, thousands of police were protesting on the Brooklyn bridge and not arrested

I had to add this. Just read this excerpt from the story:

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, after months of growing tension between Mayor David N. Dinkins and New York City’s police, more than 10,000 off-duty officers and their supporters gathered outside City Hall to protest the Dinkins administration’s handling of a list of police issues. The demonstration began calmly enough, with a series of predictable chants, songs and demands.

Then something went badly awry.

A handful of people, then hundreds, then thousands, broke through police barricades and surged onto City Hall’s steps. From there, the protest degenerated into a beer-swilling, traffic-snarling, epithet-hurling melee that stretched from the Brooklyn Bridge to Murray Street, where several politicians helped stoke the emotional fires.

The protest would have been noteworthy even if it had been any rally gone a bit too wild. But the protesters were the police. That only underscored the immediacy of one of the very questions they had gathered to address: Who should police the police?

Emphasis is mine. Who polices the police? It’s nearly twenty years later. Imagine how the present-day story would shift if it were the Occupy Wall Street protesters swilling beer and breaking through barricades.

(Source: soupsoup, via bblackenedbutterfly-deactivated)

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Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested on Brooklyn Bridge

More than 700 people were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday evening during a march by anti-Wall Street protesters who have been occupying a downtown Manhattan square for two weeks.

The group, called Occupy Wall Street, has been protesting against the finance industry and other perceived social ills by camping out in Zuccotti park in New York.

During the afternoon a long line of protesters numbering several thousand snaked through the streets towards the landmark bridge across the East River with the aim of ending at a Brooklyn park.

However, during the march across the bridge groups of protesters sat down or strayed into the road from the pedestrian pathway. They were then arrested in large numbers by officers who were part of a heavy police presence shepherding the march along its path.

At one stage 500 protesters were blocked off by police on the bridge. At least one journalist, freelancer Natasha Lennard for the New York Times, was among those arrested.

Is anyone shocked by this? It will be interesting to see what happens as more people show up. 

New York Times(!) has great coverage here. It appears police may have inadvertently (at best) or purposefully (at worst) led some of the marchers from the walk bridge to where they were arrested. Several reports have Tony Bologna as one of the officers who was walking ahead of marchers. Here’s one photo that appears to show him talking with officers watching over several handcuffed protesters on the bridge.

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Occupy Wall Street: 'Pepper-spray' officer named in Bush protest claim

A senior New York police officer accused of pepper-spraying young women on the “Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations is the subject of a pending legal action over his conduct at another protest in the city.

The Guardian has learned that the officer, named by activists as deputy inspector Anthony Bologna, stands accused of false arrest and civil rights violations in a claim brought by a protester involved in the 2004 demonstrations at the Republican national convention.

Then, 1,800 people were arrested during protests against the Iraq war and the policies of president George W Bush.

Alan Levine, a civil rights lawyer representing Post A Posr, a protester at the 2004 event, told the Guardian that he filed an action against Bologna and another officer, Tulio Camejo, in 2007. The case, filed at the New York Southern District Court, is expected to be heard next year.

Shock, gasp, clutch the pearls. An officer accused of violating the civil rights of protesters is accused more than once. Interesting that it’s directed at protesters supporting progressive causes. Maybe Officer Bologna takes after the stock that created Sheriff Joe Arpaio. 

A word of advice to the NYPD: Remember Rodney King. Remember what happened after the LAPD beat him to an inch of his life and the officers responsible were not punished. Remember and learn.

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