It’s about time somebody on TV other than Keith Olbermann expressed outrage about the NYPD’s good-squad tactics regarding Occupy Wall Street members and reporters:
On the “Rewrite” segment of his show Wednesday night, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said the only way for the New York Police Department to remain respectable was for the department to terminate officers who prevent reporters from covering protests.
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly had ordered officers to avoid interfering with media access. But in December police officers prevented the New York Times from photographing arrests at an Occupy Wall Street protest.
O’Donnell said officers that violated the non-interference policy should be fired, not just disciplined.
“Firing them is the only way to demonstrate that the NYPD respects the Constitution of the United States of America,” he remarked.
Every time I think this guy can’t possibly seem any worse, he opens his mouth and proves he’s not only an arrogant plutocrat, but also a dangerous one:
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the New York Police Department was like his own personal military force during a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to PolitickerNY. “I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world,” he said. More here.
The NYPD scooped up Chris Hedges and 15 other protesters on Thursday. Meanwhile, Lloyd Blankfein and his fellow rats remained free and presumably busy in their gilded sewer, where they package shit and call it securities. More here.