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Hello Citizens of the Free world.

On November 15, 2011, the NYPD surrounded the Zuccotti Park and poceeded to forcefully dismantle the Occupy Wall Street encampment. As part of this effort, the authorities made all media leave the scene and the only images of what happened came from one live streamer who stayed in the center of the park until his arrest, and one other citizen journalist who kept filming on his camera and managed to somehow smuggle the footage out of the arrest zone. Today We release a trove of video shot by NYPD itself - from 14 different angles including survellience cameras.

While it is clear that a lot of this police footage is incomplete and has been edited , some may say even tampered with, to remove the most damning incidents (sometimes in very obvious edits) there is still enough material to paint the picture of what really happened in Zuccotti park once the media cameras had left.

We the Anonymous Police are placing this information in the public domain for the people to use it to identify offending officers and explore the inconsistencies between the official narrative and reality.

What happens when the press is made to leave recorded by the NYPD themselves:

Originally posted to Anonymous Dkos on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:02 AM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street and Police Accountability Group.

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  •  So, wait... (1+ / 0-)
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    karmsy

    Is dailykos pro-Occupy or anti-Occupy?  I recall immense bitching because they weren't fielding candidates like the tea party.

    •  people on both sides (1+ / 0-)
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      karmsy

      occupy was plagued from structural issues from the get go. I supported it at first until all it seemed like was an excuse to provoke police action.

      •  It's a provocative comment, (3+ / 0-)
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        mookins, gooderservice, AoT

        which is why I'm tipping it.

        What are the protesters supposed to do? Do you have a way they could promote their incendiary message without "provoking the police"?

        I'd love to hear more discussion on this.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 10:00:39 AM PDT

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        •  what incendiary message? (2+ / 0-)
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          karmsy, Neuroptimalian

          i don't actually remember any of the GAs actually making any clear message or set of demands. Jesse LaGreca only really became popular because he was the only one to make a coherent message. But if I had to do anything I would have done

          1) create an authority structure
          2) created and stayed on message with specific demands for change
          3) cut off Occupy Oakland when it became clear that blackbloc co-oped it and had broken down to a series of police crackdowns

          •  The idea that it turned into (1+ / 0-)
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            karmsy

            an excuse to provoke the police.

            And while I do see a lot of people who have similar suggestions to yours they are fundamentally unworkable for the Occupy framework.  

            Starting with #1.  This is where it would completely break down.  Occupy is a reaction to the failure of authoritarian groups to bring about the sort of change we need to see.  The method of organizing is horizontal for practical reasons, because the forces we're fighting against know how to defuse, destroy, or coopt organizations with a centralized leadership.  We've seen it happen again and again.

            #2. The problem with this is that there is no simple fix for the problems we're facing.  We can't just say "Do this and this and this and everything will be fixed."  There is a necessity for broad and fundamental grassroots change and to do that we need to do more than just come up with a few demands.  For example, we need to end the growth model of the economy if we want to have a sustainable future.  What demand gets us closer to that?  Nothing that's simple and easy to explain, because it's an incredibly complicated issue.

            #3.  As someone who is from Oakland I think there is a lot of misunderstanding about what happened and is happening in Oakland.  First and foremost, the black bloc did not co-opt Occupy Oakland.  There were a lot of anarchists involved from the beginning and some of those anarchists took part in breaking windows.  But the fact of the matter is that there were only two times where these people did so as a part of occupy.  It really doesn't matter how much people want to denounce them.  More importantly, in Oakland there is a long history of resisting the police, and that plays an important role in pretty much all organizing here.  You really can't ignore it if you live in Oakland because you see it on a regular basis.  To ignore it would mean ignoring one of the symptoms of the problems we're talking about.  It's a complex system, as noted above, and there's no way to confront the problems without confronting the local problems.

            The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

            by AoT on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 12:48:35 PM PDT

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            •  There's a problem with all that though (1+ / 0-)
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              karmsy

              NO MESSAGE GOT OUT. Here in the midwest the only thing we got to see and hear was blackbloc breaking stuff, some woman who left her family to sleep with some french guy, police crackdowns, and unsanitary conditions.

              That's ALL that played in local news.

              what ever message they wanted to get was completely lost in everything else.

              •  Yeah, if you expect the corporate owned (4+ / 0-)

                news channels to explain anything then you're going to be badly disappointed.  But a lot of people really did get the messages.  If they hadn't then I wouldn't imagine that we'd see such a turn around in the discussion on inequality and such.  Not to mention the introduction of even a crude class analysis in the form of 99% / 1% language.  

                If you look at the top down organizing in the lead up to the Iraq war you see a complete failure in regards to doing anything to change how people talked about the war and whether we went to war.  And that's despite the fact that there were literally tens of millions of people in the streets protesting and doing other actions.  Those protests were virtually ignored as well unless there was a black bloc that broke windows.  The media will pretty much always promote the worst of what happens at these things, that inevitable.  Complaining that we didn't get our message out through the media is like complaining about the weather.

                The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

                by AoT on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 01:09:39 PM PDT

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              •  You might ask yourself why the only thing (4+ / 0-)

                you got to see was one or two black bloc breaking stuff (instead of tens of thousands of peaceful protesters demanding economic justice).

                Or you might have read a few of the plethora of my and other people's diaries on the subject of OO, Occupy, et al.

          •  The description of the (2+ / 0-)
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            most privileged classes in society as the "1%" and the rest of the people as the "99%" and the thorough saturation of the culture with this new metaphor, itself, in the absence of any demand, was incendiary.

            In my lifetime, I don't recall this bold phrasing, ever, by any activists to describe the relationship between the wealthiest interests in society, and everyone else.

            It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

            by karmsy on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 01:19:38 PM PDT

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          •  Wow.. What about Chris Hedges? (2+ / 0-)
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            I would say he is EXTREMELY articulate. Nobody heads Occupy, it is a horizontal movement not a hierarchy and people find that very problematic. They want superman, charisma, Gandhi all rolled into an identifiable icon they can point to and say this is IT man!.

            But that allows Occupy to deal with the facts on the ground. 1st fact - all systems in the US are broken. Nothing is working as it should. Not regulatory, not judicial, not legislative and we have a powerful executive branch that is continually accruing more and more power to itself. (Think of the last time you flew for example.) Since the so-called adults (leadership) haven't been able to put humpty dumpty back together, you probably think Occupy could do that in 9 months right?

            So Occupy has to 1) give people an outlet for their fears, frustration and rage and 2) find ways to change the dialogue so that issues are actually being talked about rather than plastered over with ubiquitous talking points that are basic shutters over issues and 3) find common ground with other organizations and movements without being subsumed UNDER those organizations and finally 4) educate themselves and others about what hasn't been talked about - reality.

            Simple right? I bet you could do it with one hand tied behind your back. Now try to do it with a million different folks with a quadrillion different ideas where the press knows nothing  more than to smear and misrepresent things that might call them out on their own incompetence (another system not working).

            And the dismissive tone of the press allows the majority of the people to look away and not delve further into what is really happening. Sort of like what is going on with global warming doncha think? If we smear people who try to warn us about dire consequences we don't have to actually DEAL with global warming.

            And we are so good about looking away. We buy iPhones and ignore the people that are forced into what amounts to servitude if not slavery to make those at rock bottom prices. After all, can't have a product the people cannot afford to buy can we?

            You wanted Occupy to create an authority structure but that would have meant they couldn't have experimented with true democracy. WE ALREADY HAVE AN AUTHORITY STRUCTURE AND IT ISN'T COMPATIBLE WITH DEMOCRACY.

            You wanted Occupy to shut down just because of the Black Bloc. That is patently absurd because ALL Occupy would have to shut down because they are inclusive and not exclusive. AND THE BLACK BLOC WAS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRAPPY BEHAVIOR OF OAKLAND POLICE. OPD was acting as it always has.

            We already have a group that stays on message. It is the GOP. How is that working out for us?

            American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

            by glitterscale on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 05:45:00 AM PDT

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      •  The intention was not to provoke the police (4+ / 0-)

        You could argue that in Oakland there was a push to confront police, but the goal wasn't to get attacked by the police, and really the police never needed a provocation, they would attack us here in Oakland regardless of whether there were people doing anything that could be considered a provocation or not.

        It's also important to remember that the OWS related stuff that gets noticed is almost always only the stories that involve police attacks on protesters.  There is a lot more than just that going on, it just doesn't get the same amount of views as when there is violence.

        The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

        by AoT on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 12:24:50 PM PDT

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    •  You're probably referring (0+ / 0-)

      to a particular idiotic and offensive cartoon.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:58:27 AM PDT

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  •  I really appreciate these updates. Thanks. (3+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III, Sunspots, AoT

    Now, I'm comparing this to the current scene in Madison, with the RW nutcase of a Capitol Police Chief, a Walker appointee, cracking down on peaceful demonstrators at the capitol. Those directly involved keep pointing out that the ranks of the protesters were thinning after the recall election, anyway. Then the police stepped in and started arresting demonstrators, and getting all heavy-handed, and, lo and behold, the demonstrators started coming out in force again. By cracking down, they made the problem worse.

    Does the same logic apply here in Zucotti Park? Have the police, by cracking down, simply escalated a problem that would have dwindled all on its own?

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 10:07:41 AM PDT

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