Police Announce Plans To Sue Occupy Wall Street Demonstrators

A police officer’s union put Occupy Wall Street on notice today by saying that they will pursue legal claims against any protesters who injure any of its members

“In light of the growing violence attendant to the ‘Occupy’ movements across the country, particularly as evidenced by the recent events in Oakland, I am compelled to place these so-called ‘occupiers’ on notice that physical assaults on police officers will not be tolerated, said Ed Mullins, president of the five thousand member Sergeant’s Benevolent Association of the New York City Police Department. “Any assault on a police officer is not only punishable as a felony in the State of New York, but will also be met with swift and certain legal action by the SBA, which will seek monetary damages against any individual who causes injury to a New York City Sergeant.” Read More

Comments

  1. I’m not trying to be tongue in cheek here, but seriously: if you watch that Oakland footage, what is the recourse for a citcizen who has NOT attacked a police officer but is injured BY a police officer?  In the most obvious case, there’s the Iraq war vet who had his skull fractured by Oakland PD.  I’m not whatsoever condoning violence against police.  I’m just curious, given the NOT infrequent footage of police using excessive force, what protesters rights are in this area.

    1. Couch Guy says:

      Actually, San Francisco PD. The officer was not Oakland. It was a joint op. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s not fair to the majority of police officers, who are doing what they are supposed to, to be grouped in with those officers who are acting unprofessionally and violently. So, while I initially felt this story was incredibly ironic, especially given the Oakland debacle, perhaps it is not. It is important not to let any group be represented by the actions of a few of its members, whether the protestors or the police.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, but what standing would an agent of the State have to sue a private citizenin this situation? I am actually curious.

    Are there actually any instances of a police union suing a member of the public involved in an event?

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Police have the tax payers paying any law suits and the public have to fund themselves individually.  How does this control the police?

    1. Couch Guy says:

      You do realize the Union is paying for the legal injunctions? Whether or not the Union is tax funded is another story and you do have federally funded public service lawyers at your disposal. You can take an Officer to court, or counter sue in these cases.  Also, do keep in mind that the police are real-life people too.  With families and economic woes, they are not immune.

  5. Fraser says:

    Are they serious? FUCK THE NYPD. Fucking gutless cowards. They’re not content with just being the corporate-political attack dogs, they need to pull this shit too.

    1. Couch Guy says:

      Welcome to America and its wonderful legal system. Remember, Police are still people. It’s a job with menial pay and a whole lot of people who hate your guts because you wear a badge that represents moderation. 

    2. Fraiser says:

      HEY ASSHOLE. They are working class UNION MEMBERS hired to keep the peace. FUCK OCCUPY.

  6. Spacechickenlaunch says:

    Alright guys, no more attacking the baton-wielding gun-toting police.  Or you’ll get sued once you get out of the hospital

  7. Wilfred says:

    “If we hit you with our baton for no reason, I’m warning you, you better not try to defend yourself in any way or we will sue you. Remember, were allowed to hit you but you can’t hit us back.”

    This is utterly ridiculous. This is the type of shit you’re supposed to see in Afghanistan and Iran, not in the US. But now the same people who are supposed to protect and serve are militarizing themselves against their own citizens.

    Such a shame too that the war vet in Oakland, who did two tours in Iraq without injury, comes home and has his skull fractured by a US cop

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