Community Stands With OWS To Condemn NYPD Violence

 

Last Saturday, thousands of Occupy Wall Street supporters took to the streets of New York City to remind the country that while winter may have slowed them down, the American Spring will commence as planned.

Unfortunately, officers of the New York Police Department were also on hand, eager to remind protesters that their unlawful arrests and denial of Constitutional Rights would also continue unabated.

Around 11:30pm, Saturday March 17th, over one hundred NYPD officers stormed into Liberty Square and began to brutally arrest over 90 people peacefully using the park. This resulted in five hospitalizations, several broken bones, and one woman who was denied access to emergency medical care after suffering a seizure.

Yesterday, members of the New York City Council decried the NYPD’s behavior during the March 17th re-eviction of Liberty Square. Today, Occupy Wall Street protesters joined with members of other American communities routinely targeted by police, and called for the resignation of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly for authorizing brutality and extreme abuse of police power.

“Hardly a day goes by without another story of NYPD abuse hitting the news and undermining the ability of the community to trust the police department,” said New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman, in a statement on Monday. “We know the NYPD is watching us, but who is watching the NYPD? New York City is in desperate need of an Inspector General to bring strong, meaningful NYPD oversight, as well as a strong ban on religious and racial profiling. It’s time for the City Council to quickly act and pass these important reforms.”

In the wake of Saturday’s abuse of power and damage to cherished Constitutional rights, Occupy Wall Street members demand the following:

  • The immediate dismissal/resignation of Police Commissioner Kelley
  • Drop all charges from Occupy related arrests
  • Respect the long-established right to use and freely access Liberty Square 24/7

Excerpt from a statement on the OWS website:

The NYPD has a long history of abuse and repression. Just since January they have practiced: a campaign of surveillance, entrapment, and violence against the New York Muslim and Muslim-American communities; a campaign of terror against communities of color, most recently the brutal beating of Jatiek Reed and the senseless murder of Rahmarley Graham in the Bronx; sustained the criminal and dehumanizing tactic of “stop and frisk” in a campaign of racial profiling that serves no law enforcement purpose; and systematically oppressed protestors peaceably assembling in public spaces.

These acts of violence and trampling of our civil rights illustrate the very nature of oppression by the banks, by our government and by Bloomberg’s “private army.” The aggressive and brutal suppression of activists and Occupy Wall Street is a clear indictment of the true purpose of the NYPD–to protect money and power, the 1%.

OWS and community allies are organizing a “Let Freedom Spring” march, in response to the NYPD attacks, on Saturday, March 24, starting at 12pm in Liberty Square (formerly Zuccotti Park) and ending at Union Square.

 

Related Reading:

Media Blackout During November 15th OWS Eviction

Re-Occupation And Police Raid Set Tone For Radical Spring

6 Months Later, What Has The Occupy Protest Achieved?

 

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23 comments

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley4 years ago

Why don't we have a petition calling for PC Kelley's resignation--I'm surprised we don't, considering that many of us stand with the Occupy Movement?

Gloria H.
Gloria H.4 years ago

maybe he should resign and get a job with Oakland police? Not much difference with how they treat protesters. He could bask in the sun in California and not worry about ever having to shovel snow. Actually, he is good at giving New York a snow job.

Patricia McCaskill

We all have to be a part of OWS in our own way, whether it be on the streets, writing letters of protest, supporting Occupy ( and monitoring their treatment by local pollice) and letting law enforcement know brutality and corruption are not acceptable. If they break the law, they must answer for it also!!

Magdalen B....Big difference between the fantasy world of TV and the real world...

Charles P.
Charles P.4 years ago

Once again, the "Occupiers" need just a little organization. I know, no one leads, etc. Bulls--t. Someone has to set the tone and the pace. At every planned demonstration, advance occupiers should be sent in to stake out the high ground, at least three of four stories above the streets. They should have good video cameras. The streeters should absolutely be non-violent or combative. Get the goods. The people will swing with you more and more.

Mady Marantz
Mady m.4 years ago

enough is enough. This is not a police state- it is a democracy!!

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

If we do not continue to fight, peacefully, for the Preamble, the Constitution, and our Bill of Rights.....we will be a military country. The NDAA and the 'occupy ruling against demonstrations...all need to be watched and stopped. Military wants more money, wants to stay in war. They are using..along with our police, drones to watch us as we do our daily things.

Why do I feel as if I'm living in 1984??

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

If we do not continue to fight, peacefully, for the Preamble, the Constitution, and our Bill of Rights.....we will be a military country. The NDAA and the 'occupy ruling against demonstrations...all need to be watched and stopped. Military wants more money, wants to stay in war. They are using..along with our police, drones to watch us as we do our daily things.

Why do I feel as if I'm living in 1984??

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

Bloomberg should be in jail. I can see total anarchy just around the corner if people keep getting abused like this.