In the early days of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, officers of the NYPD were filmed as they trapped female protesters inside a sidewalk barricade and pepper-sprayed them in the face.
In the days following the incident, the video went viral, and Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna was fingered by Anonymous as the officer who unleashed pepper spray without provocation and despite the females’ attempts to follow NYPD orders.
The Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau reviewed the episode and recently determined that Inspector Bologna “used pepper spray outside departmental guidelines,” said Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman.
According to the NY Times, the department’s patrol guide says pepper spray should be used primarily to control a suspect who is resisting arrest, or for protection; it does allow for its use in “disorder control,” but only by officers with special training.
Bologna’s punishment for flouting the rules and exacting his own brand of justice? He’ll lose 10 vacation days.
Dissatisfied with the ruling, 24-year-old victim Kaylee Dedrick is continuing with her plan to press charges. According to her lawyer, Dedrick would like to see Bologna charged with misdemeanor assault. If convicted, Bologna could earn a sentence of probation and court-ordered anger management classes.
“Frankly, I don’t want him to lose any vacation days at all,” commented attorney Ron Kuby, who is representing one of the victims. ”That means he spends more time on the job with an even bigger attitude. I think he needs a very long rest someplace quiet and stress-free.”
Bologna has been silent on the matter thus far, issuing the following response through a Union spokesperson:
“Deputy Inspector Bologna is disappointed at the results of the Department investigation. His actions prevented further injury and escalation of tumultuous conduct,” said Roy Richter, president of the NYPD Captains Endowment Association.
Perhaps someone should tell Bologna that the 99% engages in all that “tumultuous conduct” to preserve his right to belong to a Union in the first place. A right that is extremely inconvenient for the 1%. He should also be reminded that protecting the Constitutional rights of all New Yorkers is the only reason he’s enjoyed 29 years of employment.
Maybe next time he’ll think about on which side of the barricade he truly belongs.
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