In a disturbing scene from today’s “Occupy Wall Street” protests, a group of peaceful female protesters were rounded up in an orange-colored mesh pen by police and subsequently sprayed with mace without any provocation.
In spite of multiple reported incidents of possible police violence, major media outlets seem to be content to let the protests go by completely unreported, following the same “who-cares” attitude they have taken toward recent revelations that the NYPD has violated the Constitutional rights of American citizens by spying on them as possible terrorists and enemies of the state despite a complete absence of evidence of any crimes.
This is absolutely disturbing. Penning people up to mace them is police brutality. Period. What will it take to get the mainstream media to pay attention? If you follow the #OccupyWallStreet, you’ll find out that at least 80 were arrested today. AP and Wall Street Journal mentioned the arrests briefly today.
I just witnessed a mass arrest and police brutality. I was detained in a police barricade and threatened with arrest for standing on the sidewalk as a spectator. Not a single member of NYPD could justify their actions to me. It was a peaceful protest before the cops showed up. THEY escalated the protest into violence with their aggression and infringement of basic rights and I can confidently say that as a bystander who had no involvement in the planning or implementation of the protest. However, I will now work towards upholding the ideals and principles behind the Occupy Wall Street Protest. The protest successfully exposed how our freedom here in the US is an illusion.