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NYPD Pretty Sure Video Of Cop Blasting Wall Street Protestors With Pepper Spray Was Edited To Make Him Look Bad

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.

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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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82 Responses to “NYPD Pretty Sure Video Of Cop Blasting Wall Street Protestors With Pepper Spray Was Edited To Make Him Look Bad”

  1. bartleby says:

    It was the only way to get Greubel to leave.

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

  2. Guest says:

    Respect my authoritah!

  3. McLovin says:

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

  4. Ty Webb says:

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

  5. PermaGuestII says:

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

  6. Guest says:

    Sorry I'm not sorry.

    – P. Browne

  7. Kegels123 says:

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

    -DSK

  8. guest says:

    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?

  9. Diane Passage says:

    You can pepper spray me for $100

    -Diane Passage

  10. davidrusso says:

    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.

  11. pazzo83 says:

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

    • Mexi_Cant says:

      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.

      -Protestor

    • Randy Marsh says:

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

      • Guest says:

        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

  12. Nailz6 says:

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

  13. merkin_capital says:

    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.

  14. C. Gasparino says:

    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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  16. suckmesideways says:

    get a job, hippies…

  17. Hipster Hater says:

    Fucking hipsters.

    Gasoline and a match, says I!

  18. Guest says:

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

  19. Guest says:

    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. http://t.co/m1TuYg8z

  20. Guest says:

    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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