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FACTDROP: Occupy Wall Street's March Against Police Brutality


Occupy Wall Street's March Against Police Brutality

Πηγή: Gothamist
By Christopher Robbins
March 25 2012

Fourteen demonstrators were arrested yesterday in a meandering march from Zuccotti Park to Union Square to protest NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and his department. A majority of the arrests were for disorderly conduct, though the NYPD did not choose to enforce a rule in Union Square which requires demonstrations larger than 20 people to obtain a permit.

Councilmembers Jumaane Williams and Ydanis Rodriguez, who have been supporters of the Occupy movement and fierce critics of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practices, marched and acted as observers. "My primary job is to make sure everybody's rights are protected and nobody is harmed," Williams told the Guardian's Ryan Devereaux. "I think we're seeing the frustration and anger raised on both sides, the protesters and the police and I blame that squarely on the mayor and the commissioner."

Williams added that Commissioner Kelly (who makes a mean meatball) and Mayor Bloomberg "refuse to acknowledge there's a problem with the culture within the NYPD."

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