Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Did Police Use Pepper Spray At Wall St. Protests "Appropriately"?

During the protests on Wall Street against corporate political influence, greed and bailouts, one high-ranking police officer appears to be using pepper spray against women who posed no threat. One of them, Chelsea Elliot, said, “Out of all the people they chose to spray, it was just me and three other girls. I’m not pushing against anybody, or trying to escape.” NYPD spokesman Paul J. Browne said that the spray was used "appropriately," adding, “Pepper spray was used once after individuals confronted officers and tried to prevent them from deploying a mesh barrier — something that was edited out or otherwise not captured in the video.” Watch the video from USLaw.com and see whether you think the spray was used "appropriately"–or whether, as James Fallows commented, it was an unprovoked abuse of power:

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