The following article, from Party for Socialism and Liberation, via the Kasma Project.
This is what they do. This is their job.
The following article was written by a participant in the Oct. 1 Occupy Wall Street march on the Brooklyn Bridge, and among the 700 protesters trapped and arrested there.
The New York Police Department has been making front-page news recently for repeated acts of brutality and repression against the growing protests on Wall Street and occupations around the country.
After the infamous case of pepper-spraying peaceful protesters, a week later the NYPD conducted mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge. Seven hundred marchers, myself included, were trapped by police, arrested, held in flexicuffs for hours in the rain and then given a number of bogus charges and violations.
On my bus and in the cell at 1 Police Plaza, I wound up getting into conversations with people about the police.
There was a clear divide with some arguing that our “brothers and sisters” in the police department are just “regular working people” who don’t make much money, whose pensions are threatened by Wall Street, and who are therefore part of the “99 percent.” (more…)