Confirmed: NYPD used excessive force on ‘Occupy’ protesters
A group of legal experts have published a report which contains 130 cases that can be qualified as police brutality against Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York.
*Researchers at NYU and Fordham University have concluded that NYPD officers acted beyond their powers during their intense crackdown against Occupy protesters.
Findings from the eight-month study serve to validate months of claims that demonstrators were, in fact, mistreated by officers.
The study found that police used batons, scooters, horses, and metal barricades to inflict unnecessary force and intimidation on demonstrators.
But the barricades were not only used as barriers around encampments.
According to the report, officers threw one protester so hard that she became “semi-airborne” before falling unconscious. An officer then shoved a barricade into her chest.
In several instances, officers used pepper spray to disperse peaceful demonstrators.
One protester alleged the NYPD used pepper spray to prevent her from videotaping an arrest.
A citizen journalist quoted in the report remarked, “Physically attacking people with a chemical agent for no reason — when you have cops doing that, you don’t feel safe when you see cops.”
Sarah Knuckey, an NYU law professor and key author of the report, told The Guardian, "All the case studies we collected show the police are violating basic rights consistently and the level of impunity is shocking.”
NYPD officers organized late-night raids on peaceful encampments and made arbitrary arrests to peaceful protesters, bystanders, and journalists.
Findings show that reporters covering the protests experienced harassment from officers, including restrictions on access and arbitrary arrests.