Author: NYPD violence has helped ‘Occupy Wall Street’

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, October 20, 2011 12:36 EDT
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Appearing on Wednesday night’s broadcast of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, author Errol Louis, an anchor at NY1 News, explained how the New York Police Department has actually been a major motivating force for “Occupy Wall Street” and the 99 Percent movement.

The most startling example of police violence came just after the beginning of “Occupy Wall Street,” when two young girls were penned-in on a public street and pepper-sprayed, seemingly for no reason at all. There have since been numerous other instances where force applied did not seem to be appropriate.

“They are a very professional organization, they drill all the time, they’re very self-reflective,” Louis explained. “They take their command staff, the guys in the white shirts, they take them to meetings and they review video tape and so forth. I know the commissioner can’t be happy about this. Nobody in the command staff can be happy about what is happening.

“But to be fair about it, this is the point of a demonstration, to put people in an uncomfortable if not impossible situation and have the thing play out, and that’s what you’re demonstrating. You’re demonstrating that law and order as traditionally enforced, and the sense of the social structure, and the needs and the demands of these protesters are not compatible. The best way to illustrate that are these repeatedly staged situations. Whichever side acts wrongly sort-of loses that confrontation.”

This video was broadcast by Current TV on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.

Photo: Flickr user WarmSleepy.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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