NYPD Turns Violent at Occupy Wall St.

A few weeks ago some active with Anonymous called for people to gather and do a sit-in called Occupy Wall Street, defined by Wiki as:

an ongoing peaceful demonstration opposing what participants view as negative corporate influence over U.S. politics and a lack of legal repercussions over the global financial crisis. It was inspired by the Arab Spring movement, particularly the protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square which resulted in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. The aim of the demonstration is to begin a sustained occupation of Wall Street, the financial district of New York City. Organizers intend for the occupation to last “a few months.”

Since most of the lamestream media had thus far ignored the event my bud Tommy and I left the ‘shire and traveled to NYC on Friday to document the situation on the ground first-hand.

The first of three videos below shows the scene at Zuccotti Park (aka Liberty Park), where protesters have gathered, and at nearby Wall St.

Though many present rightly vilified the actions of banksters and corporations, the reality of the situation is that such people and companies could never have such a negative impact were it not for the size and scope of the State. The solution then, is not a new “leader” or oversight board or internal review, it is to simply stop granting others arbitrary authority. (For more on this, check out Larken Rose’s The Most Dangerous Superstition and do some self-education on Austrian Economics.)

The second video was taken yesterday, Sat., Sept. 24th. It depicts some of what unfolded as protesters walked north to Union Sq. It’s clear that some of those wearing badges acted as if they had the right to use aggressive force.

For me personally, it was a whirlwind experience that was both empowering and frustrating. The energy of those in the march, as well as the vocal support of tourists and shop owners, was contagious and demonstrated just how deep runs the disillusionment with the Statist Quo. Conversely, the utter lack of independent thinking or personal responsibility exercised by those with badges only underscored for me why Cop Block exists.

The third video documents the police state now common in NYC and includes a plug from me for people to stand up for their rights and to document the actions of those wearing badges.

Though they purport to “serve and protect,” or in NYPD’s case, have “Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect,” the double-standards created by a “legitimate” monopoly of force causes such widespread rights-violations to occur without accountability. (For more on this, check out our interview with Bruce Benson.)


Hey NYPD: Think For Yourself!

For more:
Pete Eyre, of CopBlock.org, is LIVE from Occupy Wall St Today
post on CopBlock.org with embedded livestreamed videos
Ustream.TV/channel/Voluntaryists for all livestreamed content
Voluntaryism entry on Wikipedia
Private Defense Agency entry on Wikipedia
First Time Here? page on LibertyOnTour.com with videos and text about Voluntaryism

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15 Responses to NYPD Turns Violent at Occupy Wall St.

  1. HONORYOUROATH 2011/09/25 at 4:29 PM #

    Why does the government spend so much on mechanical robotic drones when we have drones like these “human” cops?If this doesn’t make your blood boil than you have no pulse!
    Good job CopBlock!

  2. HONORYOUROATH 2011/09/25 at 4:56 PM #

    The cop in plain clothes at 1:30 and 2:00 of part 2 could have been an agent provocateur.Often times when a peacefull protest turns violent it’s because of under cover police called agent provocateur initiating violence not the actual demonstrators.

  3. Burkely Hermann 2011/09/25 at 8:44 PM #

    I agree with HonorYourOath. Maybe it was a person meaning to cause violence. But whatever it is, I am with those protesters. I am with solidarity, why I wrote an article about it: http://interestingblogger1.blogspot.com/2011/09/occupywallst-movement.html

  4. Will 2011/09/27 at 10:53 PM #

    Without the “State” people would not have the right to hold such protests. You complain about police force during these events, but you are reversing the role of Entrapment, encouraging officers to respond in a negative way. All for the goal of what? As it seems to me it is to prevent the police from protecting others. While your attack on America’s finest may in theory have legit intentions, you are distracting the police and prohibiting them from doing their jobs. Remember, everybody has a job to do. We must live. While they are tied up playing patty cake with the theorists real danger and crime can not be addressed. You should be proud.

  5. Alex 2011/09/30 at 10:56 PM #

    Will…I do not understand how they are encouraging LEO to act negatively, or preventing them from addressing REAL crimes or protecting people. Please explain your position.

    Also, Are you speaking of the fellow who wrote this article? The protestors?

    I would truly like to understand.

    And the way I see it: we are born with the right to protest/express ourselves. Without the state every individual would be held responsible for seeing that they and those who are in their sphere of influence are free to exercise their rights. Even living in America it is still every persons duty to their fellow man to uphold justice, we just tend to go around our ass to get to our elbow by telling someone else to do it and hoping it gets done.

  6. g.johnson 2011/10/07 at 11:59 AM #

    the sad thing is how these officers seem to be blocked from understanding the simple reality that those who are protesting banksters looting our nations economy are there for them (police) and their familiies as well as for us all. how many of those officers are sweating the mortgage, the bills while watching their dollars lose value daily. and how many realize, as they go off to work each day, that they are in the business of protecting the very same sociopathic criminals who are destroying their livelihood along with everyone elses?

    will, you are very confused.

  7. Will 2011/10/07 at 5:22 PM #

    I am not confused and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to respond, rather than leave it as is. I would like to express my opinion on a couple of points and would also like to hear feedback. I am being cordial so I ask for the same in return.

    At the time I wrote the prior post I was not familiar with the Occupy Wall Street movement and I felt the post I was replying to was an attack on law enforcement. I am a part of law enforcement and I believe in what we do. I was writing with emotion and without facts. I apologize for that because it is uncharacteristic of me. I pride myself in being able to look at a situation as a whole and weigh both sides before making a judgment. Unfortunately our present political system does not encourage free thinking. It encourages “tow the party line”. Votes are cast based on a simple political affiliation and declaration. I am not sure if that is a theme of this protest, but should be or even a separate protest on its’ own. I am now more familiar with what is going on. I support the movement and everything that it stands for. Being line staff in law enforcement, I am the middle class and do suffer from the state of society. I am college educated and a hard worker. I am fortunate to have a good career, but that does not make me immune from this downturn in the economy. I loathe Corporate greed and everything our present economic system stands for. I am proud of what the protesters are doing. I am sorry for any misunderstanding my prior post raised.

    With that said, I do believe that some of the protesters are egging on officers to respond with force. That is not fair and that is why I used the term entrapment. It is like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Those people looking for something to complain about make a problem, then complain about the results. I do not agree with excessive force by officers. Police officers have a specific job to do and whether you agree with it or not, the laws have to be enforced. It is not fair to become angry with a police officer for enforcing a law that the local, state, or federal government made. That issue should be taken up with the government not out on the police officer doing his job (Don’t shoot the messenger). We all have bills and mouths to feed. I support the right to protest and that is a fundamental right of Americans. But at the same time, there is a line. Protesting does not give one the right to break the law. If somebody breaks the law and a lawful arrest needs to be effectuated and resistance is encountered, police are authorized to use a reasonable amount of force to effect said arrest. The business with 300 being arrested on Brooklyn Bridge was ridiculous and I do not support that. They were victimized just based on being arrested. If excessive force was used it was doubly demeaning. Bottom line is they should not have been arrested. The reason for arrest was blocking a public roadway. I guess that is technically true, but an agenda was being pushed, with the police being used as the agents. This is a common thing. I bet many of the officers did not agree with arresting them. Law enforcement is a funny thing, though. Follow orders at any cost, paramilitary structure. Do what I tell you or lose your job. The heart of the protest is peaceful, but with everything in life there are fringe elements that take advantage of opportunities. It is LEO’s job to weed those people out, keep the protesters safe, and keep the rest of the public safe. Let’s just focus on NYC. The whole event is difficult for administration of the police. A large police force is necessary to achieve its goals. But let’s keep in mind that NYC is very large and not the safest place. Giuliani and Bloomberg did their part to reduce crime, but did not eradicate it. Crime is still rampant. My point is that many officers are taken off of their beat and reassigned to the protest area(s). But…it may open opportunities for the criminal element to strike elsewhere. This severely compromises public safety in general, but I think it is a necessary distraction. The other scary truth is that at the very least it is skyrocketing costs for overtime in NYC and other protest areas. This extends to numerous government departments – police, fire departments, sanitation, buildings and grounds, etc. We are footing the bill for that with tax monies.

    I recently read a quote from Herman Cain about the protests. In summary he said that the protesters are going against everything America stands for and capitalism is what America was founded on. That is true. What he misses, though, is that the system is broken. Everything changes and evolves. We can not resist change or we will be left behind. Unfortunately, that is what is happening. America may have been founded upon those principles but it is no longer working for 99% of us. Let’s be heard and make change happen. We need to move forward as a country. We also have to remember that in order to be successful as a country we must have a strong economy. This puts us in a tricky situation. We can not risk crashing our economy just to prove a point or express that we are unhappy. There must be a clear plan, organization, and goals (not a list of demands that media likes to cram down our throats). Protesters are not hostage takers, but unhappy Americans looking for change. Please be careful, though. Let’s keep the unintended fallout at a minimum. Possible “leaders” may emerge. Let’s be weary of their intentions and not lose focus on why the protests are happening. Those trying to piggyback on the movement in “support” may in fact be trying to push their own agenda. Let’s be smart and not fall for the BS nor let politics as usual ruin everything.

    Thanks for listening.

  8. Joe Bolton 2011/10/09 at 4:57 PM #

    Some funny shit here. I must give credit where it is due. If your agenda was to make spectacles of yourselves and embarrass your parents for not making you the back end of a blow job, then bravo.

    You cunts are lucky that units such as TPF are not still part of the NYPD. They would come in and clean this shit up in minutes. Whoever didn’t run fast enough to avoid a wood shampoo would be arrested, charged and taught a valuable lesson.

    Here’s one vote for the brass to take off the gloves and send the mounted units in to clear that park. Trust me, cheesedicks. When you hear that gallop headed towards you, clear out.

  9. Will 2011/10/09 at 10:24 PM #

    Brilliantly stated Joe. I’m just saying!!

  10. Joe Bolton 2011/10/10 at 3:44 PM #

    These freaks are bringing in the numbers now with unseasonably warm October weather in NYC, but wait until the thermometer hits the teens and the northeast gets some of that ice they had last winter.

    That’s when you’ll see 35 ‘die hards’ holding pizza boxes with illegible scrawl on them.

  11. Ned Netterville 2011/11/04 at 8:47 AM #

    I would recommend that mindless twits like Joe and Will read Larken Rose’s book, THE MOST DANGEROUS SUPERSTITION, to learn how demented they have been made by the myth of “authority” in its personification as the State, but I doubt either one will be able to comprehend logic.

  12. Will 2011/11/04 at 12:18 PM #

    Oh, Mr. Ned. You show your pure lack of insight in two very distinct ways. First by making such a poor judgment of my logical capabilities based on a couple of posts, the second of which was purely sarcastic (great read). Second and probably most important, your pathetic marketing ploy. The truth is I would have read the book without prejudgment. I would have considered the information and formulated a response accordingly. The logic here says you are ignorant. That is no myth and I fully comprehend.

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