Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer joined the growing chorus criticizing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s handling of the midnight raid on the Occupy Wall Street encampment, where police forcibly subdued some protesters and kept journalists at arm’s length for their own “protection.”
“I am greatly troubled by reports of unnecessary force against protestors and members of the media, including the use of “chokeholds” and pepper spray,” Mr. Stringer, a candidate for mayor in 2013, said in a statement this morning. “I am also troubled by reports of media being forcibly kept away at a distance from these events. American foreign correspondents routinely put themselves in harm’s way to do their jobs, in some of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. And their NYC colleagues deserve the freedom to make the same choice. Zuccotti Park is not Tiananmen Square.”
Mr. Stringer was among the first Democratic politicians to support the Occupy movement, writing that “the grievances that drive them touch a deepening chord with millions of other Americans.” Faced subsequently with residents angered by noise from the Occupy drum circle, he attempted to get the protesters to adhere to a Good Neighbor Policy, but to little avail.