With new participants flowing in from all over the country, the Occupy Wall Street protests reached a fever pitch this weekend. As the crowd increased, so did the number of police officers deployed to disrupt their right to assemble and march.
With over 80 individuals arrested on Saturday alone, videos began to emerge showing police officers’ use of multiple violent tactics, including tasers and pepper spray to subdue protesters.
The video below shows police officers trapping female protestors in an orange net and using pepper spray at point blank range, apparently without provocation.
The next video shows a white-collar police officer tackle a young man for no reason (thirty-six seconds in). Later, it shows a different white-collar police officer shoving two young women and a young man for no reason (one minute and two seconds in)
One of the protestors arrested on Saturday night spoke to ABC News from the back of a police van.
“We haven’t been charged, we don’t know what happened,” said Cristina Gonzalez, 25. “We are at One Police Plaza, there’s 16 of us in the back of a van and we’re sweating. And there’s a man back here who needs medical attention. He’s bleeding from his head and his handcuffs are too tight.”
A message posted on Sunday to the Occupy Wall Street website indicated that the protesters used the day to rest and regroup:
“Throughout the day our sisters and brothers arrested yesterday came back home to Liberty Plaza,” the message said. “They greeted the new faces that have joined us here. They shared their stories of imprisonment, of medical care denied and delayed. We welcomed them and listened.”
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