That, or the camera man had to have been slacking on the job.

For a few moments on Saturday, the confrontations between the police and the protesters just south of Union Square in Manhattan seemed fairly typical. People pushed, the police shoved and arrests were made, and in the many videos recording the protest, it was not always clear which of the three had come first. As the police arrested a protester in the street, an officer wearing a white shirt — indicating a rank of lieutenant or above — walked toward a group of demonstrators nearby and sent a blast of pepper spray that hit four women, the videos show.


The Police Department’s chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said the police had used the pepper spray “appropriately.” “Pepper spray was used once,” he added, “after individuals confronted officers and tried to prevent them from deploying a mesh barrier — something that was edited out or otherwise not captured in the video.”

Videos Show Police Using Pepper Spray at Protest on the Financial System [NYT]
Video Appears To Show Wall Street Protestors Being Pepper Sprayed [CityRoom]

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  1. Posted by bartleby | September 26, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    It was the only way to get Greubel to leave.

    – jackbooted, knuckle-dragging low standards NYPD tax vaccum.

  2. Posted by Guest | September 26, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Respect my authoritah!

  3. Posted by McLovin | September 26, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    That's not pepper spray, it's weapons grade Patchouli

  4. Posted by Ty Webb | September 26, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Danny, you don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia. Is this Russia? This isn't Russia.

  5. Posted by PermaGuestII | September 26, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    What financial services-related activity goes on in Union Square on a Saturday? ATM use?

  6. Posted by UBS Sucks Guy | September 26, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    This is not America … sha la la la la … this is not …. sha la la la la

  7. Posted by Guest | September 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Sorry I'm not sorry.

    – P. Browne

  8. Posted by Kegels123 | September 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    My favorite condoms are made out of this "mesh barrier" material.


  9. Posted by guest | September 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    I don't have a problem with the pepper spray, but shouldn't the cop have escorted her to apartment and visited her a few times during the night to just make sure she was ok?

  10. Posted by Diane Passage | September 26, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    You can pepper spray me for $100

    -Diane Passage

  11. Posted by davidrusso | September 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Clearly. The videographer edited out about 40 years of footage that showed the bright and eager future officer getting laughed at that cold cold night under the high school bleachers by that entitled bitch Susie Jenkins who looked exactly like that goddamn protestor and who clearly had no understanding of shrinkage.

  12. Posted by pazzo83 | September 26, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    I can't wait for these idiots to go home.

  13. Posted by Nailz6 | September 26, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    There's not a lot to do when you don't have a job/education/ambition.

  14. Posted by merkin_capital | September 26, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Apropos of nothing, can we have a post on Shira Ovide's (of Deal Journal non-fame) godawfully pathetic attempts to jock Bess' style?

    If you want to be nice you could also call it an extremely successful attempt at being a shitty Bess. You guys can make the editorial call on that.

    Thank you for your courage.

  15. Posted by Mexi_Cant | September 26, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    What home? My dad stopped giving me money after his unemployment ran out after he got fired from his great job Lehmans. I miss having money.


  16. Posted by Randy Marsh | September 26, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    I guess you're not partly inspired that these people put their high-powered careers on hold to fight for change?

  17. Posted by davidrusso | September 26, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    true. oh wait, here's an idea of something they can do…go work on getting a job/education.

    oh damn – that would take ambition.

    my bad.

  18. Posted by guest | September 26, 2011 at 5:02 PM


  19. Posted by Guest | September 26, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Should be "I'll pepper spray you for $100"
    -Diane Passage

  20. Posted by C. Gasparino | September 26, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    I have to use pepper spray as deodorant, otherwise my natural musk would attract women from across the Tri-State area seeking to mate.

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  22. Posted by trojan_ | September 26, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    He could have at least fixed her tickets afterwards

  23. Posted by trojan_ | September 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    are you talking about the cop or the protesters?

  24. Posted by Guestard | September 26, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    On that note, the "shouldn't they get credit for going a week without raping someone?" tag is fantastic.

  25. Posted by suckmesideways | September 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    get a job, hippies…

  26. Posted by Hipster Hater | September 26, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Fucking hipsters.

    Gasoline and a match, says I!

  27. Posted by Guest | September 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    To make matters worse the cab taking her home was playing Peace Easy Feeling and she hates the fucking Eagles, man.

  28. Posted by Guest | September 26, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    While I think that the OccupyWallSt bunch are confused about why they are really protesting (among other things), the NYPD is clearly taking a page from the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad PR manual with this nonsense claim. The video was not edited to make the officers look bad. Wrangling these girls into a pen on the sidewalk and then macing them is making the officers look bad.

    The NYPD made this hippy side show that had practically zero media coverage/momentum into something bigger. It was a really dumb move and does strike me as something I'd expect to see in Egypt and not in Greenwich Village.

    Here is a link to the video. Its not edited.

  29. Posted by FinneganKristiansen | September 26, 2011 at 8:34 PM


  30. Posted by Guest | September 26, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    I put my masters thesis "Gender Equality in Pre-Aztec Society" on hold and used my dad's credit card to fly up here.

    Warren Wilson College Women's Studies Masters Candidate '12

  31. Posted by Fake tan got me laid | September 27, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    That numbers called "Peaceful Easy Feeling"….just saying

  32. Posted by BEARMACE | September 27, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Sorry about the cops delivering a sledgehammer of mace to your sister. I'd be bummed too.

  33. Posted by Guest | September 27, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    I'm with the NYPD on this one. Let the protesters assemble and stay there until it gets good and winter cold.

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    Condolences. The bums lost. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose.

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