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New York Cops Get Free Pass for Use of Force During Protests

During the Occupy Wall Street protests and their aftermath, they were the online-video symbols for those who said the New York Police Department was using excessive force:

Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, in his white commander’s shirt, walking up to a crowd of people and appearing to pepper-spray protesters at random. And Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona, who appears to turn around a protester who is walking away and punch him in the face.

Inspector Bologna was found by the Police Department to have violated internal guidelines and was docked 10 vacation days. Both men are facing civil lawsuits in which the city has declined to defend them.

But there will be no criminal charges against either commander, the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said Friday afternoon.

(H/T Anarch)

Source: New York Times. Read full article. (link)

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  • Gorilla tactics||

    Ugh...I hate the popos, but shit like this does remind me when they raided those hippies with the organic food shop, or raw foods or whatever. I mean yeah it sucks seeing the police beating the shit out of hippies in frisco, but you know if they would be in power they would regulate and ban fucking everything so...I'm reluctantly on the hippy side for this one.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    Because fuck you, that's why.

  • dantheserene||

    If it wasn't for the video evidence, the police wouldn't even bother to address the complaints. I'm sure they just hate seeing themselves on YouTube doing illegal stuff.

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