Occupy Wall Street March Turns Violent

Occupy Wall Street March Turns Violent

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Posted 24 September 2011, by Philosopher Artists, David’s Camera Craft, davidscameracraft.blogspot.com
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EXCERPT: Please visit the website of the photographer for more photos and other content. All photographs copyright by davidscameracraft.

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Occupy Wall Street march September 24th 2011.
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The peaceful Occupy Wall Street protest march turned violent as the NYPD corralled and pepper sprayed the participants. Mass arrests were made and loaded onto a NYC bus further locking traffic. The protest march took a route from Zuccotti Park to Union Square on East 14th Street. The protesters were marching back to Zuccotti Park when the NYPD turned violent. Hitting, arresting and forcing protesters into a small area. At that point a NYPD supervisor yelled shut up to one of the protesters and shot pepper spray into her eyes point blank range and hitting a half dozen protesters (including 3 police officers) when they had nowhere to go. The same supervising officer was seen (photographed) laughing after the arrests while looking at his text messages. The peaceful protest march started as 300 participants but rose to over 1,000 as the event stopped traffic in lower Manhattan. People spontaneously joined the march over a 2 hour period.
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Occupy Wall Street NYPD supervisor Pepper Sprays young girl point blank

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NYPD making brutal arrests

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This supervisor was the pepper spray officer.

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This supervisor was the pepper spray officer. I see him and one other person walk up to the female victim and then an arm reach out with pepper spray. Here is a slow motion videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ05rWx1pig and this videoat the 1:15 mark shows him walking up the spot – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMoKsZp5iao.I still haven’t washed off the splattered milk from my shoes. We had to use milk to wash the pepper spray out the woman’s eyes. I still hear her screaming in pain, I can’t believe they pepper sprayed a deaf woman. Her sobbing, saying how much it hurt as we held her head spraying milk into her eyes and on her face. The last time I saw her, we had to flee from the police who were arresting everyone on 12th street. She escaped into a movie theater with the help of others because she still couldn’t open her eyes. After witnessing how much pain she was in I will never forget what this man did on a physical and emotional level to many people on Saturday. He created a war zone. I don’t want to think that all of the NYPD is like this because I also met some very fine members of our cities police force on Saturday. Officers who cared about people and the protesters. I looked around at the police officers who were holding the net around us right after the pepper spray was discharged and they were flabbergasted. Three policemen were in the line of fire and almost got hit. Many of them stared down with sad eyes, not able to let go off the orange barrier to help a human being. They had to do their job but I know concern was in their minds.

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Close up of badge

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NYPD supervisor who maced woman in face point blank

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Occupy Wall Street arrest

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Occupy Wall Street - Arrests start early

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Occupy Wall Street arrest

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Arrested for filming

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Occupy Wall Street is the first movement of many more to come. Even with Police violence. All rights reserved (copyright) by davidscameracraft – of course artists need to make money… click on an ad or purchase the full size images – http://www.citizenside.com/en/reporter-photo-video/davidscameracraft.htmlSorry for the advertising… just trying to eat.

(Ed Note: Please visit the original site for more photos and other content, and please support this brave citizen-artist who has displayed the extraordinary courage to speak truth to power. These iconic photographs symbolize the struggle of the 99%. Occupy Wall Street! We are the 99%.)
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