Inspector Anthony Bologna the #OccupyWallStreet #NYPD pepper sprayer is under "investigation"

Matt Gratz, Political Fail Blog

The NYPD and Manhattan prosecutors are each holding their own investigations into a high ranking officer who was caught on camera spraying pepper spray at a group of women who were being detained by a gang of police with a bright orange net during a protest in NYC as part of Occupy Wall Street, the occupation style protest that is taking over lower Manhattan.

The New York Times reported earlier tonight:


Raymond W. Kelly, commissioner of the New York Police Department, said Wednesday that its Internal Affairs Bureau would look at the decision by the officer, Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, to use pepper spray, even as Mr. Kelly criticized the protesters for “tumultuous conduct.”

At the same time, the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has opened an investigation into the episode, which was captured on video and disseminated on the Internet, according to a person briefed on the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the inquiry is continuing.

Anthony Bologna was identified as the pepper sprayer after the crime was captured on multiple cameras on Saturday during an Occupy Wall Street protest march to the UN.
PFB reported on Monday the identity of the officer after the online activism group ‘Anonymous’ made available his personal information.

Justice is not likely to come from within the police departments, as most police officers are allowed to get away with what they consider to be ‘bad choices.’ Anonymous and other social activism groups will deliver social justice in some clever non-violent way.

Deputy Inspector Roy T. Richter, the head of the union that represents the high ranking city officers, said Inspector Bologna would, “cooperate with whatever investigative body the police commissioner designates to perform this review.

“Deputy Inspector Bologna’s actions that day were motivated by his concern for the safety of officers under his command and the safety of the public. The limited use of pepper spray effectively restored order without any escalation of force or serious injury to either demonstrator or police officer,” Inspector Richter said.

The officers are more concerned about protecting their reputations and their ability to carry weapons then the health of the women who were sprayed with harmful chemicals by a man they pay to protect them. The fact that a high ranking officer is defending another high ranking officer in such a horrible crime is proof that our police departments are corrupt. This man committed a crime and should be treated as such.

While the guidelines for the deployment of chemical weapons say officers should only use pepper spray to arrest a suspect who is resisting or as a means of protection, it also allows for the weapon to be used for “disorder control” by officers with special training.

The women in the video are not resisting arrest, they are not threatening anyone’s safety, and they are not acting in a way that is deserving of being maced. Yet this will not stop other police officers from jumping in to stand up and make up excuses and lies to protect their own. The New York Times report continues:

A law enforcement official familiar with Inspector Bologna’s account of what occurred, however, said he was not aiming at the four women who appeared in videos to have sustained the brunt of the spray. Rather, he was trying to spray some men who he believed were pushing up against officers and causing a confrontation that put officers at risk of injury, the official said.

“The intention was to place them under arrest, but they fled,” the official said.

Inspector Bologna may not face much penalty from his friends within the system, but something tells me that internet activists will not let this one go.

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Matt Gratz
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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