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NYPD Gets Violent with Protesters at 'Occupy Wall Street': VIDEO

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Hours of peaceful Occupy Wall Street protests in which demonstrators were joined by many members of labor unions became violent and chaotic last night as dozens of arrests were made.

A video has emerged showing police wielding batons and contacting solidly with human flesh. It was shot last night at the corner of Broadway and Wall street around 8:45 according to the videographer.

FOX5 says the melee in the video was spawned by protesters pushing into police barriers.

The NY Times echoes that report:

Those concerns may be renewed after a disturbance about 8 p.m. Wednesday as the march was breaking up. The police said they arrested eight protesters around the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street, after people rushed barriers and began spilling into the street. While a couple of witnesses said that officers used pepper spray to clear the streets, Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, said that one officer “possibly” used it. Several protesters were also arrested at State and Bridge Streets at 9:30 p.m.; the police said one protester was charged with assault after an officer was knocked off his scooter.

An earlier video shows officers setting up barricades, and one says "My little nightstick's going to get a workout tonight hopefully."

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In this video, a police officer setting up barricades says "My little nightstick's going to get a workout tonight hopefully.":

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  1. These past few days were the calm before the storm.

    Posted by: Rex | Oct 6, 2011 7:17:03 AM


  2. To be fair the female cop may have been referring to personal extracurricular activities after her shift was over.

    Posted by: devil's advocate | Oct 6, 2011 7:47:29 AM


  3. Sometimes people are just itching for a fight, but that seemed to be a fairly orderly melee. I hope no one gets hurt!

    Posted by: just like the 60's | Oct 6, 2011 7:50:31 AM


  4. Isn't it awful how the 95% of bad cops give the other 5% a bad name?

    Posted by: Rich F. | Oct 6, 2011 8:16:57 AM


  5. the nyc police didn't just come up with this behavior overnight. it's been endemic to the force for years. lawsuits against the city due to police misbehavior are costing the city millions and the number of cases brought against the city are out of control, as reported by newspapers a few months ago. this is business as usual for the nypd. time for a change?

    Posted by: kodiak | Oct 6, 2011 8:17:23 AM


  6. I don't get it.

    Police officers are middle class at best.

    They generally do not have significant stock portfolios.

    They are victims of corporate greed in the same way most Americans are.

    Don't they (the police) understand?

    To my mind, the protestors have a passion and a courage that many (of us citizens) lack. They (the protestors)are doing all of us a favor.

    Posted by: Anon | Oct 6, 2011 8:25:06 AM


  7. Whichever officer uttered that line should be dismissed as unfit to serve in any capacity at all. Someone is asleep at the wheel in doing psych screening on these officers.

    Posted by: justinw | Oct 6, 2011 8:32:07 AM


  8. What people say, good or bad, doesn't matter much. It's what they do that counts.

    Posted by: Yeek | Oct 6, 2011 9:36:27 AM


  9. We pay for the police, but they don't work for us.

    I have an excellent track record in predicting the obvious and I predict that it won't be long before the first NYPD officer finally shoots and kills an innocent American citizen -- it's not exactly like that's never happened before.

    What then, I wonder?

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 6, 2011 10:30:09 AM


  10. Has anybody heard these "Occupy" people interviewed? It's not like there is any sort of commonality to their complaints.

    I'm sure the cops are irritated to have to be dealing with professional malcontents like these instead of real crime.

    I'm certain the cops recognize the same "professional organizer" faces from other "spontaneous" demonstrations like those other phony Soros-funded activities.

    The only thing they are "occupying" is a city park, and I'm sure the police are tired of not having their instructions followed.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Oct 6, 2011 10:30:20 AM


  11. I make it a policy not to respond to the childish taunts of trolls, but I'll make an exception here:

    Oh, LinolnLounger, I can't tell you how much it pains me to know that professional law enforcement agents might be "tired" of doing their job.

    Everything else you wrote is nonsense, too, but then you know that already. Don't spend your Koch brothers paycheck all in one place. At least I hope you're smart enough to get paid for posting nonsense on the Internet, but we can't rule out that you could also just simply be pathetic.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 6, 2011 10:35:24 AM


  12. Those in NYC call your council member or Speaker Quinn and tell them your concerns.
    I did.

    District Office Phone
    (212) 564-7757

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Oct 6, 2011 2:39:18 PM


  13. NYPD are thugs, especially now that they received blood money in the form of $4.6M from Merrill Lynch (i.e., Wall Street).

    The more the police shows their ugliness, illegal beatings and violations of the 1st amendment rights, the more people will be against them. Check out the movement's videos:

    http://occupywallst.org/articl...

    The good news, at the end of the one of the videos after the police BRUTALITY, one protester yells:

    "Each new macing video that is released. Each new depiction of the abuses of the police on the first amendment, the more people will show up in NYC, and the more waves of occupation will spread across this country. And you should be proud of that police.  Because you are participating in our publicity campaign."

    Also, last night NBC local news in LA said it best:

    "Occupy Wall Street protests: no signs of slowing down. In fact, it's getting bigger. The protest has spread all around the country."

    Posted by: FunMe | Oct 6, 2011 5:43:49 PM


  14. Fat cop in video = Disgusting bohunk New Yorker. What else is a macho nobody supposed to do with his "thoughts"? Being useful as dedicated idiots is what most breeders do with themselves anyway.

    Posted by: SeriousSick | Oct 6, 2011 6:34:17 PM


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