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Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Roughly 500 peaceful protesters marching in opposition to the corporatist takeover of America and the robbery of the United States by the banking and Wall Street elite were rounded up and arrested thanks to suspect tactics employed by the NYPD.
While many argue against the Occupy Wall Street protests based on partisan politics, the heavy union involvement, and the role Marxist organizations have played in the demonstrations, I think this is seeing the forest for the trees.
Regardless of what you think about those who organized the protest and the involvement of SEIU and other unions, you must realize that we are all being robbed and oppressed by the same people.
Furthermore, everyone must take notice of the tactics the NYPD has been using to attempt to shut down these protests. Even if you disagree with the Occupy Wall Street message, would you like to experience these same oppressive and highly questionable tactics when you demonstrate for your cause of choice?
One important fact to note is that the NYPD just received a massive donation from none other than the Wall Street criminal oligarchs themselves: JPMorgan Chase.
According to a press release posted on JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s official website, they “donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation.”
Quite serendipitous timing for a gift which “was the largest in the history of the foundation” which elicited “profound gratitude” from the New York City Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly.
Clearly the Wall Street oligarchy is doing the only thing they know: attempting to pay off the NYPD to side with them over the people they swore an oath to protect and serve.
Unfortunately the Occupy Wall Street movement can’t counter JPMorgan’s contribution, but at least it shows that the Wall Street criminals are running scared and resorting to nothing short of bribery to gain the allegiance of the NYPD.
I wonder what it would take for the NYPD to realize that JPMorgan is stealing their futures and the futures of their children as well.
$4.6 million is chump change to JPMorgan, and the officers of the NYPD are nothing more than swine they can use to keep the serfs constantly fighting each other instead of realizing that the enemies are not the police or the protesters but the criminal elite that rob all of us blind.
The highly suspicious tactics used by the NYPD were highlighted today when police made “a planned move on the protesters”, according to The New York Times, which involved bringing in 10 Department of Correction buses (capable of holding 20 prisoners each) in preparation for a massive crackdown on activists.
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It becomes quite clear that this was an engineered event when one considers the fact that the NYPD mobilized such a large fleet of buses in anticipation of a roundup of protesters.
When protesters attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon, police “seemed to guide [the protesters] on to the roadway” according to a media coordinator for the Occupy Wall Street protest, Jesse Myerson.
While Christopher T. Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union says that some high-level police supervisors initially announced via bullhorn that demonstrators who blocked the roadway would be subject to arrest, later police commanders were seen walking in front of marchers on the roadway.
The New York Times points out that “from a distance” it appeared “as if they were leading the way.”
These were not rookie cops either; they clearly knew what they were doing as The New York Times points out, “The Chief of Department Joseph J. Esposito, and a horde of other white-shirted commanders, was among them.”
The police allowed the demonstrators to make it about 1/3 of the distance to Brooklyn, then, as seen previously during the Occupy Wall Street protests, police surrounded activists with orange netting, trapping hundreds of people.
All those who were led into the roadway by police were arrested and are to be “charged with disorderly conduct, at a minimum” according to the NYT.
A 56-year-old psychotherapist from Brooklyn, Etan Ben-Ami, pointed out that police apparently consciously allowed protesters to claim the road before arresting them.
Ben-Ami told the NYT, “They weren’t pushed back. It seemed that they moved at the same time.” Ben-Ami left the Brooklyn Bridge’s walkway to join the demonstrators on the road because, “It seemed completely permitted. There wasn’t a single policeman saying ‘don’t do this’.”
He reveals why so many people were lulled into a false sense of security by police before the roundup occurred, “We thought they were escorting us because they wanted us to be safe.”
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Clearly, the police had no such intention and were just attempting to get the protesters in such a position where they could swoop in and make it look justified.
Of course, the police have denied any such action, regardless of the clearly premeditated nature to the action, evidenced by the roll-out of Department of Correction busses earlier that day.
Paul J. Browne, the head NYPD spokesman, claims that, “This was not a trap. They were warned not to proceed.”
Why then, Mr. Browne, were senior officers seen leading the crowd and why would so many think it was permissible and that the officers were actually escorting the demonstrators? Were they all deaf and/or delusional? I doubt it.
Among those arrested was a freelance reporter for The New York Times, Natasha Lennard, who was later released. It is unclear what charges, if any, are being levied against her or if they just let her go without any hassle due to her affiliation with the corporate mainstream media giant that is the NYT.
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Interestingly, a correspondent for AlterNet, Kristen Gwynne, remarked that “There are fancy-looking press in suits, totally separate from everyone else, fifty feet from us” while others shared the fate of the activists who were trapped in the roadway by police.
One might assume that these “fancy-looking press in suits” were representatives of the corporate media which has made a concerted effort to deride and insult the Occupy Wall Street protesters, as I covered in a previous article.
Gwynne reported that activists were trapped in the rain waiting for police to arrest them, huddled under umbrellas.
Gwynne reported that New York City buses were used to take arrested protesters away and after about an hour of updates from Gwynne, no word was received and she is assumed to be in police custody.
It is worth noting that the numbers being published by news outlets are not wholly consistent. The New York Times is running with the number of 500 while the NY Daily News has published that roughly 700 people were arrested by what they call “An army of cops”.
This is the second Saturday in a row in which protesters were arrested by the NYPD using highly controversial tactics. The NYPD vehemently denies tricking the protesters but the media and protesters’ account of the events seems to contradict their claims.
Just last week Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna’s name spread across the Internet like wildfire after he sprayed women with pepper spray that were corralled in the same orange netting.
Hopefully today’s incident will receive similar attention as it is a perfect example of how police goad activists into a situation in order to arrest them when they otherwise couldn’t, in an attempt to weaken the movement and break the will of protesters.
If you have any information on this incident, or the Occupy Wall Street protests in general (along with any others in cities around the country), please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] and be sure to give a name or alias so I can properly cite you in my next article.