NYC settles Occupy Wall Street pepper spray lawsuit


Kelly Schomburg screaming in pain after assault by the pig, Anthony Bologna

I don’t think I’ve been angry enough to use the word “pig” to describe a cop in decades. For Anthony Bologna, a deputy inspector in the NYPD, the use is perfectly appropriate.

New York City has reached a settlement with an Occupy Wall Street protester who was pepper-sprayed and arrested by a city police officer during a peaceful demonstration in 2011.

Debra Lea Greenberger, a lawyer representing protester Kelly Schomburg confirmed that the city agreed to settle the suit for $50,001, in addition to yet-to-be-determined legal fees.

The settlement provides a “measure of justice that was a long time coming”, Greenberger told the Guardian on Tuesday…

Schomburg, who was 18 years old at the time, was among protesters who were maced, corralled and then arrested during a 2011 demonstration against economic inequality in New York. She is now 22.

A viral video from the September 2011 Occupy Wall Street demonstration captured the incident. In the video, a New York police officer, later identified by the hacktivist group Anonymous as deputy inspector Anthony Bologna, pepper-sprays a group of protesters fenced in by orange netting. These images helped galvanize support for the movement.

Several protesters filed lawsuits in response to the NYPD’s crackdown on the protest movement. In total, Bologna’s actions have cost taxpayers $382,501 through settlements from at least seven lawsuits…

The NYPD responded by reprimanding Bologna for violating police department guidelines and docking him 10 vacation days…

I compliment the bravery of Kelly Schomburg – not only in her confrontation with the forces of political evil in NYC under the “benevolent” conservative, Mike Bloomberg – but, carrying on the fight to victory in the courts.

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