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The NYPD's brutality against Occupy Wall Street protesters last night was – as has been noted here and here – beyond the pale. That brutality extended, once again, to journalists on the scene as officers not only obstructed those wearing press passes, but beat them as well. Below is a narrative of a police force out of control, told through the Tweets of those journalists who were on the scene, journalists who transitioned from being observers to becoming victims. (Some of these Tweets I found in my own feed, and some of them were compiled by Ben Doernberg.)
Our photographer ZD Roberts beaten @OWS Zucotti Park by cops. Thrown to ground, hair grabbd, hit with clubs while yelling, I'M PRESS PRESS!
Police are out of control shoving #ows protesters and reporters on the ground. Hurt my leg in the scuffle.
Voltaire is most often credited with the saying, but many believe that this is a widespread mistake, and that the quote was originally said by Ewelyn Beatrice Hall.
Originally posted by AaronWilson
reply to post by OutKast Searcher
You said you wanted both sides, these photos are mainly from independant photographers. Not occupy live streamers, just normal everyday press. I thought this is what you would have liked to see.
"where are their videos and photographs of these things happening???"
edit on 18-3-2012 by AaronWilson because: (no reason given)