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Matt Taibbi: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ can spark movement, motivate change

Raw Story

Author and Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss the “Occupy Wall Street” protests and their potential for motivating change.  The protest, as it stands, is mostly made up of young people who are feeling fed up and disaffected, but Taibbi sees the protests as a reflection of real anger on the part of the American people, anger that rises out of the sense that Wall Street controls too much of American political life.   Activists whose work centers around these issues, he says, can point to the protests as a manifestation of genuine distress on the part of the public.

Keith poses the question as to whether a gathering of Tea Party protests would have garnered more media attention. At the end of the segment, he quips that maybe the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd needs more “funny hats”.

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Pepper-Spraying Cop Accused of Abusing Bush Protesters in 2004

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I’m curious to see what will become of Officer Anthony Bologna since his actions have become a high-profile story…

Crooks & Liars

Activists have identified the senior New York Police Department officer who allegedly pepper-sprayed young women at the “Occupy Wall Street” protests, and it’s not the first time he has been accused of civil rights abuses.

The Guardian confirmed that the officer is Anthony Bologna, who was also accused of civil rights abuses and false arrest during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.

Photographs of the officer’s badge also suggested that Bologna was the person in question.

A file released by the hacker group Anonymous pointed to a 2007 civil rights suit filed against Bologna.

Post A. Posr, the man named as a plaintiff in that suit, was arrested during the 2004 convention although he wasn’t actively taking part in the protests.

“Police contend that Posr hit the man with a rolled-up newspaper,” Posr lawyer Alan Levine told The Guardian. “He said he was just talking to the guy. Bologna ordered another officer, Camejo, to arrest Posr.”

Posr was taken to a make-shift detention facility at Pier 57, where he was held until the protests were over.

Officer Tulio Camejo was also named in the suit.

“A bunch of us were wondering if any of the same guys were involved,” Levine recalled.

Questions about Bologna appeared to go back to 2001, when the People’s Law Collective claimed that arrests he made helped to incite a Mayday riot.

Chelsea Elliott, one of the pepper-sprayed activists, described her ordeal to Animal New York.

“I will march again,” she said. “But I’ll wear sunglasses and a fucking bandana.”

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Lawrence O'Donnell · MSNBC · Wall Street Protests

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell rips ‘unprovoked police brutality’ at ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Speaking truth to power, the Lawrence O’Donnell way…

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MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday condemned the “unprovoked police brutality” that occurred at the “Occupy Wall Street” protest over the weekend.

Video recordings showed female protesters being rounded up in an orange-colored mesh pen by police and subsequently sprayed with mace without any provocation, and other protesters beingdragged across the street by police.

“The reason that man is being assaulted by the police is because of what he has in his hand,” O’Donnell said, while showing a video clip of a man with a video camera being tackled by police. “He’s holding a professional grade video camera. Since the Rodney King beating was caught on an amateur video camera, American police officers have known video cameras are their worst enemy. They will do anything they can to stop you from legally videotaping how they handle their responsibility to serve and protect you.”

“Everything those cops did this weekend to those protesters they’ve done to someone else when no video camera was rolling,” he later added.

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Cops Tackle, Mace Wall St. Protesters for No Apparent Reason

Protesters to Wall Street and the corporate media:  Can you hear us now?


Looks like the ongoing #OccupyWallStprotest against corporations got a bit tense on its eighth day, with lots of cops present for today’s march to Union Square and the official protest home page reporting at least 80 arrests.

Folks on the ground photographed several of the arrests—which, the New York Timesreports, were for alleged disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and assault on a police officer. Some Twitterers reported that NYPD officers targeted protesters with cameras and people who tried to film the day’s events. Besides maybegetting a bit huffy with a cop (or talking with his hands too wildly?), taking photos seems to be the only “crime” committed by the young man in the above video—who was thrown to the ground while standing in what seems to be a non-threatening manner. Maybe he was much more intimidating in person? Maybe we’re missing something? Seems a bit excessive.

Speaking of excessive, the video at left seems to show an NYPD officer spraying mace at a group of quarantined female protesters. This is what democracy looks like!       

One Twitterer wrote that that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly paid a visit, most likely to ask where he could purchase a Guy Fawkes mask. Wonder what he’s going to say about these videos.

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New York City Police Use 150-Year-Old Law Against Wearing Masks To Arrest Wall Street Demonstrators

Where are the mainstream media reports on the Wall Street demonstrations?

Think Progress

As ThinkProgress previously reported, hundreds of demonstrators have encamped themselves in the financial district in New York City, hoping to call attention to Wall Street’s misdeeds.

Yesterday, seven protesters were arrested by the New York Police Department, despite being peaceful and not noticeably disrupting the normal activities of the city. The Wall Street Journal notes that the charges being brought against these demonstrators include “loitering and wearing [a] mask.” The Village Voice points out that the anti-mask law being used against demonstrators dates back to 1845, when farmers wore masks to conduct attacks against the police. The law was updated in 1965 to “prevent masked gathering of two or more people,” unless they are throwing masquerade parties:

The anti-mask law goes back to 1845, when tenant farmers used disguises (dressing up like Indians) to attack law enforcement officials, apparently. In 1965 the law was updated to prevent masked gatherings of two or more people, except in the case of masquerade parties. Whew.

Demonstrators took video of the arrests of some of the protesters. One of the protesters is simply wearing a plastic mask on the back of her head:

The occupation and protests on Wall Street are now entering their fifth day. Protesters are requesting on their website that people donate money for food for the demonstrators, and note that more than $9,000 has been donated so far.

The occupation and protests on Wall Street are now entering their fifth day. Protesters are requesting on their website that people donate money for food for the demonstrators, and note that more than $9,000 has been donated so far.

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