Update On The Cop Who Used Mace On Wall Street Protesters

See below for the original story.

In an update thanks to TPM, the same cop was sued for civil rights violations (the story involves allegedly false charges, false arrest, etc.) after the 2004 Republican National Convention. That was the convention in which the NY cops confined arrested protesters to a facility on Pier 57 until the convention was over, then dropped most charges against the protesters, thereby infringing at least their First Amendment rights, and based on what I saw in photos of that pier, possibly their Eighth Amendment right against cruel or unusual punishment (imprisoning people outdoors in NYC in November).

I can’t speak to the issue of how much is due to NYPD policy (official or unspoken) and how much is due to one wayward cop. But I can say this: they need to get that guy off the streets right away. He is more dangerous than any of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, who have as far as I can tell not used violence at all.

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  • jams o donnell  On Tuesday September 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    LIke the copper whose actions led to the death of Ian Tomlison in London two years ago, the strets will be a better place when this cop is off the streets

    • Steve  On Tuesday September 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      I don’t know what it is, jams. I have personally known only good cops, and the bad ones seem to be only a tiny percentage. But I admit the very existence and presence of the bad ones on the street makes me wary when I see any cop I don’t know. I would think the good ones would have a vested interest in taking the bad ones off the streets.

    • Steve  On Tuesday September 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      E.g., my last encounter with a cop at a protest was when I was protesting the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003. A cop kindly escorted me from the protest when I was ready to leave, through a rather dubious neighborhood to where my car was parked. He was courteous and gave me no grief about my participation in the demo. That’s how it’s supposed to be. This business of assaulting demonstrators is a relatively recent trend here, one I would be sorry to see continue.

  • MandT  On Tuesday September 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Perhaps you have a guardian angel Steve. In twenty plus years of community work I’ve known a majority of bad cops—only one or two perhaps who were generally interested in serving the community. In my experience they become the evil they propose to combat. I’ve seen to many brutal beatings and ‘killings’ in confinement. Cops are the enemy,. If I were in trouble, the last thing I would do is ask for help from a cop.The cop above has been on the force for years, They know he’s a psycho and condone his behavior, which includes brutalizing women. .Disgusting. Shame on the NYPD.

    • Steve  On Tuesday September 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      MandT, it’s not that I’ve never encountered a bad cop… don’t get me started about the one who pointed his car at me off-road in Hermann Park, threatening to run me over for no good reason, and I mean no good reason… but that I have had few opportunities to confront the bad ones. “Guardian angel” here is probably more accurately rendered as “sheltered life.”

      And that is part of my point: if even I feel wariness around police, there must be something about police in America other than “to protect and to serve,” something that induces fear even when it isn’t appropriate and certainly when it is.

      A friend of mine in college was held up. He called police. He is a very odd person and they gave him untold grief in questioning him about the robbery. He said to me that he remembered the old joke, “if you hate cops and love hippies, the next time you’re robbed, call a hippie” … and that if he was ever robbed again he would give serious consideration to calling a hippie.

  • MandT  On Tuesday September 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    LOL…I would call a hippie, a real Christian or one of my Buddhist or Islamic friends! Field experience and some pre-legal advocacy over the years gives me a very jaundiced view of cops and the courts. Ironically, at the same time the law as it is written is magnificent in its scope and wisdom. Unfortunately, corruption begins in the first year of law school with a single course in ethics. You touch on a very interesting point, most professional, middle class and in general, American bourgeois classes have little direct experience with the truth of our paramilitary police officers. Of all people, Paul Craig Roberts, a former Reagan Administrator writes most eloquently on this subject. You can find his postings at Counterpunch and sometimes Dissident Voice.

    • Steve  On Wednesday September 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

      MandT, it’s true I’ve had few encounters with law enforcement, though I wouldn’t consider my upbringing middle-class, as my father actually did physical labor for a living at the time I was born, only later changing to teaching school. (Are school teachers middle class? Certainly their pay doesn’t qualify as middle-class!) But after Mom and Dad retired to a mobile home in a very inexpensive area near Lake Livingston about 100 miles from Houston, they worried about me endlessly as I drove the route from Houston to Livingston, a route patrolled by a local cop named “Humpy” Parker who had a reputation for stopping long-haired drivers, jailing them and beating the shit out of them. Humpy was eventually put out of business, but not before he actually hurt some people. I don’t drive that road anymore, but I surely hope Humpy is still in jail.

      I’ve always liked Paul Craig Roberts but forget to look for his work. Thanks for the reminder.

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