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Police brutality occurring throughout the Occupy Wall Street protests has largely been ignored. Police officers are not likely to be disciplined as their use of pepper spray and baton beating on protesters has increased.
Although the New York Police Department, has not commented on the most recent events, several videos and dozens of reports of police brutality have surfaced after the massive protests on Wednesday.
According to Mother Jones, even the media was beaten by the NYPD. In one video clip, Lieutenant Brian Connolly can be seen beating protesters with a baton.Connolly, who was awarded the Medal for Valor in 2007, struck local Fox Reporter, Dick Brennan, with his baton. Another officer sprayed a crowd with pepper spray for no justifiable reason.
Police also sprayed Fox Photographer, Roy Isen, in the eyes with pepper spray. Another journalist, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange.org, posted videos of himself being beaten. Dozens of arrests were recorded Wednesday, but the exact amount is unknown.
A video recently surfaced of two police officers talking to one another in a crude manner. In the conversation one police officer is heard talking about how he anticipates that things will get violent saying, “my little nightstick’s gonna get a workout tonight.” The officers did not realize they were being recorded. Once they discovered that they were, the officers tried to arrest the camera operator.
According to Mother Jones Magazine, police officers on motorcycles purposely drove into crowds of protesters. Many violent arrests were witnessed by media covering the event.
Also in many videos, protesters that are not resisting arrest at all are being dragged and beaten by police officers.
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