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A protester facing off with NYC's finest. Because of some obscure law protesters are not allowed to wear masks when protesting so they wear them backwards.

 

After seeing the NYPDs actions today such as pepper spraying non-violent protesters and arresting people for just walking down the street one has to wonder, are they there to protect our rights or to protect the corporate interests?

 

One chant I liked hearing today was "we got sold out and they got bailed out!"

 

That about sums it up.

 

On a side note, I like the angle of this shot because when I looked at it later I first thought it was the cop wearing the mask.

About 17 pro-democracy activists were arrested in the Atrium at the World Financial Center on December 12, 2011. After the activists were detained and the rest of the activists physically thrown out of the Atrium, the NYPD used riot police to form a wall around the detained activists and would not allow fellow activists or journalists to witness the arrests being made.

Broadway became the walk of shame as protesters were arrested and then marched down the middle of Broadway as onlookers chanted "Shame, Shame, Shame" at the NYPD officers.

Pro-democracy activist being detained and arrested at a direct action at the World Financial Center, December 12, 2011.

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Stephanie Keith, the AP photojournalist behind this incredible image displays her frustration with the NYPD, who yesterday, formed a wall and denied journalists access to the pro-democracy activists being arrested inside the Atrium at the World Financial Center. (December 12, 2011)

Life isn't the easiest at OccupyWallStreet. There are make shift beds, food lines to hand out what ever food gets donated, going to the bathroom means a trip across the street to some local businesses that have turned out to be sympathetic to the occupation. And when you need your much needed zzzz's you plot out your piece of concrete and forget for a minute that you are sleeping in a park for the cause of democracy.

 

All great movements start with very few people that end up doing extraordinary things but you never quite know where they will come from.

 

We are the 99% and we are too big to fail!

A pro-democracy activist arrested and handcuffed in the Atrium at the World Financial Center. Activists have complained about these types of cuffs cutting off circulation and in some instances possibly causing nerve damage. #D12

When you visit the OccupyWallStreet camp you are immediately overwhelmed by the number of causes represented in the park and this has brought criticism from some for the group giving the appearance of being unorganized.

 

But it all makes sense when you take into consideration the amount of influence the 1% has had on policies that have favored the corporations for years and adversely affected We the People. From fracking to credit default swaps these 1% policies are making us the 99% poorer and sicker every single day while they the 1% get richer and more powerful.

About 40 people were arrested yesterday in a direct democracy action dubbed "Re-Occupying Space" including retired Episcopal Church's chief chaplain, Bishop George Packard, once a much decorated second lieutenant in Vietnam.

 

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Everyday the occupation holds General Assembly where news is passed along and anyone can get up and speak. Some speak of having futures stolen. Some speak about not being able to find a job for the last three years and some speak about losing everything because a loved one got sick. These people are college students and executives, steel workers and teachers, they are us and we are them, we are the 99%

 

My friend reminded me of a quote tonight from Fight Club and it's kind of fitting.

 

"I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off." -- Tyler Durden

Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Manhattan South – Assistant Chief Thomas Purtell looking out of the Atrium overseeing the arrests of pro-democracy activists. #D12

 

Assistant Chief Thomas Purtell has some history with the department and illegal no-knock searches. It appears that he was in charge of the Emergency Services Unit back in May 2003 when, off of an erroneous tip from a confidential informant, several members of the elite group of heavily armed officers used a concussion grenade in the mistaken raid that left a 57-year-old Harlem woman dead.

 

The death was ruled a homicide by the city's chief medical examiner but no one was ever held criminally accountable. Assistant Chief Purtell was transferred to the department's Housing Bureau shortly after the homicide only to resurface three months later in October of 2003 and quietly named Bronx Borough commander. That same month the city would end up paying out $1.6 million to the family of Alberta Spruill, the elderly woman murdered back in May. There is an apparent history of this within the NYPD so I wonder how many other white shirts have shady histories of employment?

 

This murder caused the city to review the use of flash-bang/concussion grenades and according to this report from February 2010 the department has used such distraction devices exactly two times: once in 2004 and once in 2005, according to police officials. Never in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, or so far in 2010, has a single grenade been thrown as part of a tactical response by the Police Department.

 

Assistant Chief Thomas Purtell was promoted to Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Manhattan South in March of 2010 where he was quoted as saying "More of our focus will be obviously terrorism, public relations. Also, coming from the Bronx, we dealt with a lot of quality of life issues that affected day-to-day lives of the residents of the borough.”

 

So far I would say Assistant Chief Thomas Purtell has failed to reach any of the above stated goals in his reign over OccupyWallStreet in the last few months and it’s probably best for his career interests that he has failed. So, I would not be surprised if he has no problem shooting flash bangs first and asking questions later. If his order ends up killing someone he’ll just get transferred and the city will cover it up and somebody below him will take the fall.

Today was the three month anniversary of the birth of OWS and all hands were on deck for the reoccupation of a park owned by Trinity Church.

 

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The NYPD, providing personal security to the 1% since 1845.

 

Mayor-for-Life Bloomberg recently stated that these protests have cost the city approximately $2 million.

 

That's a shame and We the People would like to pay our tab. Please break down the cost by how much has been spent protecting our freedom of speech and how much has been spent providing personal security to the 1% and we will gladly pay the $10 spent on protecting our personal freedoms.

Pro-democracy activists reoccupying Duarte park in lower Manhattan by laying a ladder up against the fence surrounding the park and climbing over.

 

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Every day protesters ring the outskirts of Liberty Park with small signs that give some insight into the persons story/history and a majority of those stories are similar to this mans story.

 

Every day I watch members of the MSM skip right over these people and question the person with 301 body piercings, tattoos under their finger nails and an odor filled cloud surrounding them like Pig Pen from the Peanuts. I'm sure someone of this standing could have a PhD in something but more than likely it's not the case and the MSM knows that but this persons distorted world view plays better on TV and gives people something to hate.

 

The guy in this picture is the real story but his story isn't sexy, it's the realest of real reality TV but the MSM will continue to ignore him and the rest of the 99% in the interest of keeping their ratings up for their 1% corporate masters.

Protesters marched up and down Broadway and through side streets of the Village tonight overwhelming police and taking the streets to show solidarity with the Occupy protesters in Oakland.

 

At the tail end of the march was this couple just taking a leisurely stroll holding up about 6-8 police cars from reaching the main body of protesters. They were so into their conversation that I don't think they had any idea of the police cars surrounding them.

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