4:33 AM PT: If a picture is worth a thousand words, what do these six (slideshow) tell us about Anthony Bologna's state of mind?
9:41 AM PT: I have just made a FOIA request of the NYPD for the three required documents if Pepper (O.C.) Spray is discharged. Please let's coordinate a mass campaign for everyone to make this similar request. Here is a link to the request I made which you may use as a model for yours.
FOIA Request NYPD Bologna Reports
9:47 AM PT: Request Document (PDF): http://www.scribd.com/...
Here are also the three forms you should expect (or not) to get back filled out regarding the use of force and medical care and arrests associated with the use of Pepper Spray.
Pay particular attention to this latter document.
9:48 AM PT:
10:07 AM PT: BREAKING NEWS:
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NYPD Internal Affairs To 'Look At' Pepper Spray Use On Wall St. Protesters
New York police commissioner Ray Kelly says Internal Affairs will “look at” the use of pepper spray on Wall Street protesters, the New York Times reports.
10:34 AM PT: MEDIA UPDATE: The Story is starting to catch on. evergreen2 reports that Sam Seder has posted the story and the videos:
12:15 PM PT: ANOTHER MEDIA UPDATE: from evergreen2
New York Magazine picks up the story.
A Second Video of NYPD Officer Anthony Bologna Using Pepper Spray Has Surfaced
12:40 PM PT: We have REAL MOMENTUM going - keep it up. This is the moment to be heard. NPR has finally spoken up, events are being planned, petitions being signed.
WE CAN DO IT.
Keep checking downstream - evergreen2 has been doing a great job of giving updates - and if you see anything about this story - please post it.
Thanks for being who you are, and doing what you do. You give me hope.
1:48 PM PT: NY Times and NBC have now run the story. I want to add something I think is important here. This issue IS connected, not sidetracked, with the MAIN issue of this movement:
Is there a direct connection to the ISSUE of this movement/protest and the issue of Bologna's abuses.
You bet there is.
Greed and lust for power have taken root and festered in our system - not because of the idea of our system - but because of its corruption.
Those with power and authority are not held to account - and thus they misuse that power and abuse that power.
Let's start CHANGING the system one step at a time. First step: accountability for the abuses of Bologna.
Another key lesson to be learned:
Those rank-and-file officers can find solidarity - as victims of both levels of abuse (the system and Bologna's).
When the time comes - they should start speaking out against his abuses and how it harms them and incapacitates their ability to do their job. They should answer truthfully to any investigations.
They can learn, through this, that it is not only OK - but it is both right and NECESSARY (for our country and community) to challenge the abuses of authority and to demand those who abuse it be held to account.
There is a real message here of incredible significance and deep relevance to this movement. It goes to its fundamental core. (Now NPR - there is an "agenda" and a "demand" - and you got your "controversy" - how about covering it now).
2:42 PM PT: BREAKING NEWS: Guardian UK posts first hand video of woman caught in both attacks. Has frontal view of Bologna's first attack.