Saturday, October 15, 2011

More Police Brutality at Occupy Wall Street Protest (Video)

Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

Previously, the NYPD has wildly assaulted crowds, attacked activists with pepper spray, and used questionable tactics to conduct mass arrests, but now they have bested their own record of brutality against the Occupy Wall Street protesters.

No less than two new incidents occurred:

A video has emerged of an individual being assaulted by an NYPD white shirt (which designates the officer as either a lieutenant, captain or inspector) for apparently no reason.

While some people have been saying that this was a female, it was in fact a male former dancer named Felix Rivera-Pitre.

Astoundingly, Rivera-Pitre managed to escape arrest after activists overwhelmed the police in response to the unprovoked attack.

Rivera-Pitre says that his only offense was that he “shot the cop a look” yet the NYPD supervisor found this reason enough to hit him so hard that it ripped his earring out.

“The cop just lunged at me full throttle and hit me on the left side of my face. It tore my earring out. I remember seeing my earring on the ground next to me and it was full of blood. I was completely dumbstruck. I’m HIV positive and that cop should get tested”, Rivera-Pitre told Gothamist.

The following is a video of the incidents that directly preceded the assault on Rivera-Pitre.

Occupy Wall Street’s “Victory” March Video from on Vimeo.

In a second incident, a legal observer for the National Lawyers Guild, Ari Douglas, was run over by a police scooter, after which he was arrested and hospitalized.

Another legal observer for the National Lawyers Guild who witnessed the incident told the NY Daily News, “”His leg was stuck under the bike, and he kicked his leg to get the bike off his leg, and then the police attacked him and shoved him into the ground and put a night stick against the back of his neck.”

Unsurprisingly, the NYPD is saying that Douglas simply made everything up and the only injuries he received were scratches to his face because he was resisting arrest.

The spokesman for the NYPD, Paul Browne, had this to say about the incident, “Douglas had repeatedly disregarded lawful orders to get out of the street and onto the sidewalk, and then feigned being run over before kicking over the police scooter”.

Douglas has had a laundry list of charges brought against him, including resisting arrest, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and other charges, according to Browne.

A photographer for the NY Daily News apparently agrees with the NYPD’s account, saying that while Douglas was hit by the scooter, he just stuck his legs under it to make it seem like he was being run over.

Yet, another photographer who witnessed the incident indeed says that Douglas was run over. This is the image captured by Marino of the incident:

Watch the two videos below and decide for yourself.

OWS_PoliceScooter from The Local East Village on Vimeo.

Gideon Oliver, an attorney and member of the National Lawyers Guild had this to say to Gothamist about the incident with Douglas, “It’s absolutely outrageous he was assaulted in the first place, it is outrageous that he was arrested, and outrageous he was assaulted after he was arrested—he has injuries to his face. It’s an example of the police putting charges against someone just to cover their ass. We ask that the NYPD releases him without charges immediately after he’s treated.”

We will keep you updated as more details on this story emerge.

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Spartacus Jones said...

I don't see anything particularly morally or ethically "superior" for a woman to passively allow herself to be raped.
Now, If the rapist is a cop, is the woman legally or morally obligated to obey him and allow him to rape her?
Or does she have a right to resist, to defend herself even if it means using lethal force against her assailant?
I think she does.

I don't see anything morally or ethically superior for people to passively allow themselves to be assaulted, either. If the assailant is a cop, are you suddenly legally or morally obligated to passively allow him to beat you?
I don't think so.

A cop who violates your constitutional rights is violating the highest law of the land.
He's a criminal, badge or no badge.

And you have a right to defend yourself from criminals, don't you?

At some point we have to remember the words of Captain John Parker at Lexington, 1775:"Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here."

Just my opinion.

Liberty & justice,


dogismyth said...

they must be paying the NYC cops good. I bet they love the overtime and NY taxpayers will be stuck with the bill.

Its plain and simple to me. Do not go against the establishment...the status quo....otherwise we will rough you up with our goons.

People, including these protestors, are demonstrating how ignorant they are and how they continue to ignore better solutions.

I'm still amazed to this day that people are still banking with the TBTF banks. I'm amazed they are still shopping at the Wally Worlds. I still amazed there is support for local institutions, like the NYPD, when they have consistently been involved in eroding our civil and humanitarian rights.

Maybe its the mindset that protesting worked before and maybe it will now. It could...don't get me wrong. But you need many more people than the paltry amounts seen in NYC and other places. This is more or less just a training exercise for the police. And the mega corporatists/elitists are laughing at your vulnerability and impotence. They know you'll be extracting moneys from their ATMs and shopping at their mega-stores within the day.

You are just far too reliant upon the system to attack the system.

Stop feeding the monster. How many times must it be said. You do hold the power and it doesn't require you to protest in the streets. Why not set up local town meetings with a plan to move bank accounts to local banks. To stop patronizing the big companies. To stop paying into a tax system that pisses away your money. Why not organize off the streets and go about your "new" way of life of dealing with these criminal corporations and government.

It really is that simple. There is no need to incur additional taxes and city maintenance costs (that YOU will be paying) from unorganized and unruly protests. While you may take yourself seriously, and I certainly understand your motivation, there are far better ways to "twist the knife" if you really want to gain back control.

Good luck. I hope more people realize how easy it can be.

Anonymous said...

Every new brutality video brings a thousand members to our movement.

They can not win by beating peaceful protesters so long as the whole world can watch it on youtube.

Anonymous said...

The upside is this shows the world and the American people what a police state the US has become, no better than oppressive Middle Eastern governments. It takes the phony mask of freedom and democracy off the US government and shows it's true shit face.

dogismyth said...

the very implication of being a US citizen confers that you are a corporate entity of the USA, Inc. Unfortunately, you do not understand the meaning behind invisible contracts and your true rights (now) as a US citizen. Like being a member of any corporation, there are rules and the rules can change at any time. At your place of employment, you can be told what to say and when to say it. When to have lunch. What you can and cannot say in an email. Where you can congregate.

The USA, Inc. is no different. You have contracted (albeit, unknowingly) with the US government through your action including having a SSN, verifying you are a US citizen through your W-4 (where you should have selected exempt - noncitizen) and through benefits the system provides like banking, transporation, etc.

Therefore, you will do as told or be arrested by the officer who protect the corporation including policeman and officers of the court.

I know that is hard for you to believe and it sounds surreal, but that IS the way it is. There is a legality behind everything the USA does and you are committed to obey or pay the price.

I suggest you read Invisible Contracts by Mercier. It'll open your eyes as to why things are the way they are. Like I said, the world is surreal and your life is controlled in ways beyond your imagination.

Think I'm joking? I suggest you start reading the document I suggested and maybe, "the Belligerant Claimant" also. You want to know the matrix and defeat'd better understand it fully first. Otherwise, you'll fail.

Anonymous said...

@anon 12:11

I don't really see the upside. The mask of freedom and democracy are simply the virtual reality that many people live based on their beliefs that the government will fix the problem, and that corporations will be controlled by the government. Nothing is further from the truth.

Democracy is not the solution. It is the problem. Democracy focuses only on the majority whether it is right or wrong. And we know how easy it is to convince a majority with the mind control and propaganda techniques used today.

What is needed is the restoration of the Rule of Law as defined by a Republic. And for accountability, transparency and justice to be served on those who have taken more liberties than they deserved.

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Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

There is a third video of this incident somewhere. It was shor directly across from the motorcycle and "mostly" un-hindered by ppl at all. One sees the cops bike rise up down up-down, indicating he ran over both legs going forward. The cop then backs up and it rises once then stops directly on his other leg (the right leg). the cop gets off partially steps over him to do so or so, but I was caught watching the guy scream for about 5 seconds, then raises his left leg and kicks the bike over to free himself from the clear painful weight crushing his leg, as I certainly would have done (I recall thinking that just as he raises his leg to do so). These two versions are obstructed and vague, the one I saw - before these - clearly shows it. Hope it turns up as i saw it on the site.

Anonymous said...

I greatly admire the efforts by the people on the street but everyone can just stay home and send emails to everyone they know with advice to boycott BANK OF AMERICA. Lets pick a date....
How about OCT 25, 2011 as B O A day?
Pass it on

Anonymous said...

One day those still in a coma will wake up and realize America is a police state.

Anonymous said...

Ya gotta laugh at those imbeciles who are claiming that the OWS protests are a "communist plot" orchestrated by Obama et al as a means to usher in marshal law and the NWO. I have always thought that right wing conspiracy theorists were much more loony and wacko than leftist conspiracy theorists. I would bet these same people would say the same thing if their car got a flat tire, or their neighbors dog crapped on their lawn: IT'S ALL A COMMUNIST OBAMA PLOT!

Anonymous said...

The OWS demonstrations are not real until the people on the streets start disobeying police orders and physically resist police brutality. What good are protests if you're just there to get shoved around? You didn't become part of the 99% because the non-violent protests of the past were very effective.

Anonymous said...

We could accomplish much from these protests as long as the people remember why they are there and what it is we hope to gain from these actions and a great indicator that the CORPORATION is highly agitated and nervous that this system collapses is their attempts to discredit this movement by calling them names and claiming affiliation with Nazi or trotsky-ites, Leninists or just plain crazy.

Well, I'm sure there are some that are uninformed as to why they are protesting but the majority know PRECISELY why they are their.

If the mission becomes unified towards getting rid of the MAIN PROBLEM the FEDERAL RESERVE BANK, the NWO cannot be completed as they MUST have a private CENTRAL BANK in ALL NATIONS on the planet to succeed.

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