Phony Bologna: More Evidence Of Indiscriminate Pepper Spraying, As Police Defend Actions
from the just-admit-he-screwed-up dept
NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna remains in the news, even as the NYPD ramped up their “arrest the protesters” campaign this weekend. After all of the video evidence that he randomly pepper sprayed some women at the OccupyWallStreet protests, the NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has said that the Internal Affair Bureau would open an investigation into the actions. But at the same time, he defended Bologna’s actions. Of course, at about the same time he was doing this, a second video came out, once again showing Bologna appearing to indiscriminately pepper spray people, including a credentialed photojournalist (wearing his credentials around his neck).
The NYPD Deputy Inspector Roy Richter, who is basically Bologna’s “union representative” is defending Bologna’s actions thusly:
?Deputy Inspector Bologna’s actions that day were motivated by his concern for the safety of officers under his command and the safety of the public. The limited use of pepper spray effectively restored order without any escalation of force or serious injury to either demonstrator or police officer.?
Someone else at the police department had another cover story:
A law enforcement official familiar with Inspector Bologna?s account of what occurred, however, said he was not aiming at the four women who appeared in videos to have sustained the brunt of the spray. Rather, he was trying to spray some men who he believed were pushing up against officers and causing a confrontation that put officers at risk of injury, the official said.
“The intention was to place them under arrest, but they fled,” the official said.
Given how many videos of the scene and surrounding areas have been shown, it’s amazing anyone can claim that with a straight face. There was no indication of these “others.” There was no indication of any attempt to arrest others near the women. If Bologna was aiming at these mythical men, he’s a terrible shot, because he hit those women he wasn’t aiming for point blank.
In the meantime, the folks at USLaw.com remind us that Bologna wasn’t the only police officer using random “escalation” techniques. They point out this video of an NYPD officer purposely tripping a protester who already appeared to be in the control of multiple officers. Of course, the act of tripping the guy makes it look like he’s trying to resist arrest.