#OccupyWallStreet stronger then ever – NYPD pepper sprayer identified

Published On September 27, 2011 | By Matt Gratz | Activism, Anonymous, cop watch, global uprising, Government, Occupy, Police, police state, Protest, revolution

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#OccupyWallStreet has earned America’s badge of legitimacy as it has made it to prime-time. The violent actions of the NYPD have sparked outrage across the nation as a video of a gang of dangerous cops fencing in and pepper spraying a group of woman has gone viral. Haven’t the American authorities learned anything from the global uprisings? When you knock one revolutionary down, ten more step up with that much more passion and rage.

On tonight’s episode of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” the host spent a good ten minuets ripping apart the NYPD for their violent treatment of protesters. I admit I have not watched MSNBC is a very long time, but I was extremely surprised to see so much attention being spent on such a worthy topic on the MSM.

O’Donnell took the time to point out that one of the protesters was arrested simply for holding a video camera, and finishes the segment by asserting that we should not allow police officers to continue to get away with crimes against the citizens they are sworn to serve and protect.

‘Anonymous’ activists have made available the identity of the Officer who assaulted the women along with his last known addresses, his job title, names of family members, legal matters and a possible phone number.

According to the pastebin publication embedded below, NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna was the officer who sprayed the caged women with harmful chemicals designed to be an alternative to bullets. Anthony Bologna was the Commanding Officer of the First Precinct for the past 5 years, according to the Anonymous poster.

Luckily a blogger was on the scene of the crime and was able to snap a photo of the criminal cop’s badge soon after he maced the group.

Excerpt from davidscameracraft.blogspot.com:

I still haven’t washed off the splattered milk from my shoes. We had to use milk to wash the pepper spray out the woman’s eyes. I still hear her screaming in pain, I can’t believe they pepper sprayed a deaf woman. Her sobbing, saying how much it hurt as we held her head spraying milk into her eyes and on her face. The last time I saw her, we had to flee from the police who were arresting everyone on 12th street. She escaped into a movie theater with the help of others because she still couldn’t open her eyes. After witnessing how much pain she was in I will never forget what this man did on a physical and emotional level to many people on Saturday. He created a war zone. I don’t want to think that all of the NYPD is like this because I also met some very fine members of our cities police force on Saturday. Officers who cared about people and the protesters. I looked around at the police officers who were holding the net around us right after the pepper spray was discharged and they were flabbergasted. Three policemen were in the line of fire and almost got hit. Many of them stared down with sad eyes, not able to let go off the orange barrier to help a human being. They had to do their job but I know concern was in their minds.

The blogger reports seeing evidence of humanity in the eyes of some of the officers but was unable to see any officer break their robotic trance and put down their net to lend a hand to a human in burning pain.

Officer Bologna committed a crime. Had that been any other person out of costume, at least 10 officers would have tackled him to the ground right then and there. This man was allowed to break the law, and all officers at the scene should be held responsible for covering up a crime, possibly a crime against humanity the way these women were caged in like that. This is one more example of our broken system set up against the people.

The headlines have shifted from, “Protesters? What protesters?” to “Wall Street protests turn violent!” in a matter of days. If there’s one thing American media loves more then an undereducated spokesperson for a pretend political party, it’s violence. The disgusting actions of the NYPD have backfired

In recent days, film maker/activist Micheal Moore has lent his celebrity to advance the national conversation on #OccupyWallStreet. Tonight, Moore spent the first part of his interview with CNN talk show host Pierce Morgan about the hundreds of humble activists who are camping out in Liberty Park. Moore provided for excellent discussion on why people would want to support the efforts of the 99%. What I related to the most was when the talk went to the topic of student loan debt. As most who read my blog know, I am in a huge amount of student loan debt and one of my demands as a protester is excessive student loan debt forgiveness. I believe education should be a right and not a modern form of financial enslavement.

The occupiers vow to maintain their commitment to see this action through to the successful end. Other occupations are popping up all around the country.

In Chicago protesters are setting up camp outside of the Federal Reserve bank. What started out as a small group of about four camping protesters, has quickly turned into a thriving community of dozens of intelligent and socially active residents.

 More occupations are being set up across the nation. @Anon_Central tweeted earlier:

“wow-spreading fast!

There are more occupation style protests planned for the coming weeks. On October 6th, thousands are expected to occupy Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. until all troops are home from Afghanistan. The October 2011 coalition pledge goes as follows:

“I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine until our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning.”


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Matt Gratz founded Political Fail Blog in December of 2010. As a human rights activist, Matt has spent years in the bay area fighting for social justice in the streets. Follow PFB to keep up to date with his photos, videos & blogs! Follow me on twitter!

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