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Occupy Wall Street: Peaceful Protesters Beaten By NYPD

Occupy Wall Street: Peaceful Protesters Beaten By NYPD

Reinforcements from the climate movement, students and labor unions made the march from Foley Street to Wall Street the largest in Occupy Wall Street history, with thousands of participants.

Despite protesters’ peaceful demeanor, NYPD’s brutality reared its ugly head once again as officers used night sticks to beat people following the march. Allegedly, these people were threatening to break through a police barricade. Twenty-eight people were arrested as a result.

An hour later at around 10:30 pm, police decided to barricade Liberty Square residents on all sides, refusing to let protesters move in and out of the square at will.

Undoubtedly, the NYPD will claim that it felt threatened by the size of the crowd, and felt their actions were necessary for personal protection in the heat of the moment. But in the video below, an NYPD officer is caught talking about how he’ll beat peaceful #OccupyWallStreet protesters before the incident†occurred.

Despite the threat of police brutality and risk of arrest, the Occupy Wall Street demonstration continues to grow, and sister actions are happening in cities all over the world, every day.

Just yesterday, students at colleges and universities walked out of class to hold demonstrations of their own, voicing their disgust with a system that punishes them for seeking a higher education while bailing out corporations that play games with taxpayer money.

 

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11:41AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Why exactly do they even have any weapons - even nightsticks - out at all under this conditions?

10:19AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

I believe the time has come to define [Occupy American Movement]. This is the voice of the 99% of Americans to stand up for jobs. We must stand up for the middle class and poor. Wake-up the DEMOCRATIC SLEEPING GIANT!!
Voice out to create jobs. We must form new unions so that we can bargain for fair wages, keep Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Tax the wealthy 1% Wall Street, banks, big business, oil, jet setters. Let them pay their fair share. Not to put on the backs of the working middle class and the poor. We can not carry the tax weight alone. Stop the radical Tea Party that is undermining our country, Middle class and the poor. Show we are one!
They can try to stop our movement from pulling our economy out of this recession and defeat us, but it will not work. We must stand up for President Obama and re-elect. If the Republicans win the Presidency, we can and will get the same political stance as we have been getting. Stop the extremist GOP Tea Party’s greed. Vote out the Tea Party extremist. Vote Democrat. We believe in the rights of the working middle-class and the poor? We can march on our Capital. Stand against the extremist that are trying to take our way of life from us.
Organize on the real dangers of the Middle-Class and poor

10:16AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

I believe the time has come to define [Occupy American Movement]. This is the voice of the 99% of Americans to stand up for jobs. We must stand up for the middle class and poor. Wake-up the DEMOCRATIC SLEEPING GIANT!! Voice out to create jobs. We must form new unions so that we can bargain for fair wages, keep Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Tax the wealthy 1% Wall Street, banks, big business, oil, jet setters. Let them pay their fair share. Not to put on the backs of the working middle class and the poor. We can not carry the tax weight alone. Stop the radical Tea Party that is undermining our country, Middle class and the poor. Show we are one!
They can try to stop our movement from pulling our economy out of this recession and defeat us, but it will not work. We must stand up for President Obama and re-elect. If the Republicans win the Presidency, we can and will get the same political stance as we have been getting. Stop the extremist GOP Tea Party’s greed. Vote out the Tea Party extremist. Vote Democrat. We believe in the rights of the working middle-class and the poor? We can march on our Capital. Stand against the extremist that are trying to take our way of life from us.
Organize on the real dangers of the Middle-Class and poor

7:02AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Yes, .. Police Officers are working class folks like the rest of the people who WORK for a living. I hardly think most of the people occupying Wall Street are WORKING folks. The police are also union members. The police definitely know most protesters aren't their enemy (as long as they obey the law, and do what the officers tell them to do). It's those few protesters who don't follow, or flaunt the law, and refuse to follow the officers directives that are the ones who bring the forceful response of the police. Unfortunately, in crowded situations like those at the protests, some people who were not causing the problems, get caught up in the forceful responses required by the police.

Just remember, the law abiding protesters aren't the only ones being caught up in the unfair actions going on. The protesters are just as responsible for unjustly causing problems with the citizens who are not protesting, and the many small businesses in the area that have nothing to do with the financial meltdown the big Wall Street firms caused, or the bailouts they received. Yet, they are having to put up with the unwanted actions of the protesters.

And, ... the police officers necessity to do their sworn duties, trumps any responsibility or allegiance they should or do have to unions. Those of you claiming NYPD is corrupt would be ablout as valid as me claiming you are all bank robbers. They may have some bad apples, but I can guarantee you there are some pretty bad apples run

6:59PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Police got it all backwards...the people pay them their salaries with tax money, NOT Wall Street or the millionaires/billionaires in the country

3:29PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

In NYC, who is going to protect people from their protectors?

Clearly, no one, since nothing is being done about it.

5:18AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Police and corporate power is there a difference?

6:16PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Well said Frank W.

5:48PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Last I checked police officers were working class folks like the majority of us. When are they going to realize that protesters aren't the enemy? When are the going to realize that the protesters are speaking up for their freedoms and a quality life for their families as well?

As union members the police officers should be standing in solidarity with other unions.

5:26PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Veteran of Afghanistan: “I swore an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign AND domestic. I’ve been on the battlefield, 3 tours. It took me a while, but now I know our enemy very well. The global banks are occupying this country, they are attacking us and we must fight back. This is the start of a war for the soul and future of America.”

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