NYPD Cop Punches Protester at Occupy Wall Street + Felix Rivera-Pitre Tells His Story

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Updated: Oct. 18, 2011 added another interview; Oct. 15, 2011 added more videos; Correction: the protester was a man, see interview below

on Oct 14, 2011

Journalist and Reason contributor Michael Tracey is covering New York’s Occupy Wall Street as it’s happening. Above is footage he shot as the protesters marched through the street of Manhattan and had various stand-offs with the New York Police Department. Tracey himself reports being punched in the shoulder while filming.

In the above video, around the 1.40 mark, a white-shirted NYPD officer decks a protester in a green shirt (how the incident started is unclear). Reason.tv’s Meredith Bragg edited the video above from about 20 minutes of footage.

NYPD Cop Punches Protester at Occupy Wall Street, 10/14/11

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Updated

on Oct 14, 2011

Protesters Clash with Police During Wall Street March, Violence & Arrests @ #occupywallstreet

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‘Occupy’ protester brutally attacked by cop

Felix Rivera-Pitre, a demonstrator with “Occupy Wall Street,” withstood a dramatic assault by a New York police officer on Friday morning during a march with thousands of others.

Captured on video, the attack appears to have been unprovoked, and Pitre claims the blow he received ripped one of his earrings out, drawing blood. He’s also HIV positive, and he told Gothamist that the officer who hit him should get tested following the incident.

In an interview later that day with The Street, Pitre said he did nothing to provoke the attack aside from walking in the street with other demonstrators.

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via www.rawstory.com

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“Occupy” Protester Hit by Cop Tells His Story

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Updated

Note: replaced video Aug. 6, 2012

Reflection After 1st Month #Occupy Ridiculed & Rescued

on Oct 18, 2011

see

Police with horses charge protesters at Occupy Wall Street + Occupy Rome protest turns violent

Michael Hudson: Banks are crime-gangs! + Obama’s Good Cop/Bad Cop deal with the Republicans

End Corporatocracy by Rand Clifford

Why the Elites Are in Trouble by Chris Hedges

Ralph Nader: Obama is a Dictator! + Nader, Ron Paul, Kucinich Speak to Occupy Wall Street

‘Occupy Wall Street’ NYPD runs over a protester with motorcycle

Side view of the Attack of the White Shirt Officer on Peaceful Protester

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  9. Since the video doesn’t show what initiated the altercation it is easy to jump to conclusions.

    If the officer was struck first, he had every right to defend himself…

    • Do you really believe that a policeMAN would defend himself from a woman (or a man) by punching her/him in the face? There are other methods of self-defense and he should have been trained to use them, if that were the case.

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