Pepper Sprayed OWS Protester: Cops Think I Should Be Grateful I Wasn’t Beaten
10:56 am, October 12th | by Amy Tennery
The protester claims that she was acting peacefully and that she hadn’t provoked Bologna.
The incident in question brought national attention to the Occupy Wall Street protest, after a video showing the woman, Kaylee Dedrick, being pepper sprayed by a cop went viral online. In it Dedrick is seen screaming in pain after Bologna applied mace directly into her eyes. While Occupy Wall Street supporters have claimed that Dedrick was unfairly targeted, the NYPD has (by and large) supported Bologna. Late last month, however, the NYPD did announce that it was investigating the incident.
Dedrick is pushing for an assault charge on Bologna, according to the New York Post.
What’s most shocking about this, however, is her attorney’s characterization of police action at the protest. In a letter to the District Attorney, her lawyer, Ron Kuby, describes how allegedly unprovoked pepper spraying is (purportedly) justified in police policy. Here’s an excerpt, as published in the Post:
“Department Spokesperson Paul Browne stated publicly that the peppery-spraying was justified as a part of a ‘continuum of force that obviated the use of batons.’ This suggests that my client should be grateful that she was not beaten to the ground with police clubs, but it does not explain why Bologna discharged his pepper spray.”
Kuby’s filing carries extra weight, when one considers that just last week a video of Wall Street protesters being beaten with nightsticks emerged.
Is this the last legal filing we’re going to see emerge from the Wall Street protests? It seems highly doubtful.