Brutal police raid brings Occupy Albany to an end

By David Ferguson
Saturday, December 24, 2011 15:26 EDT
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Screengrab of Occupy Albany police raid 12/22/11
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A violent police raid on the Occupy Albany encampment on Thursday night ended with multiple injuries and arrests. According to Crooks and Liars, the attack was the culmination of an effort by the city of Albany to oust the protesters by obtaining an eviction order from a New York Supreme Court judge, a maneuver that protesters called a “legal ambush.”

The videos below are disturbing. Protesters are seen calling for an ambulance after being hit full-on in the face with pepper spray. One man has what appears to be a seizure, and was reportedly taken away by paramedics amid the violence. The raid resulted in “four arrests; two protesters, two police officers and a News 10 ABC cameraman suffering minor injuries,” and the pepper-spraying of a city councilman.

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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