The Empire Strikes Back!
NYPD Sergeant’s Union To Sue OWS Attackers
York’s police officers are working around the clock as the already
overburdened economy in New York is being drained by 'occupiers' who
intentionally and maliciously instigate needless and violent
confrontations with the police" - NYPD Sergeant Ed Mullins
By Dell Hill
over a rash of injuries to police officers as the result of violence in
the street, New York City police sergeants are striking back - through
the criminal and civil court systems.
sergeants are coming out swinging today against obnoxious Wall Street
protesters, saying they plan to "pursue legal action" against
demonstrators who injure any of its members.
Mullins, president of the NYPD's Sergeant’s Benevolent Association,
said his group plans to pursue legal claims against Occupy Wall Street
protesters should they cause injury to any of its 5,000 members.
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," he said.
added that 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.”
He said over 20 cops have been injured in Occupy Wall Street-related incidents.
"I am deeply concerned that protesters will be emboldened by the recent rash of violent acts against police officers
in other cities. New York’s police officers are working around the
clock as the already overburdened economy in New York is being drained
by 'occupiers' who intentionally and maliciously instigate needless and
violent confrontations with the police," said Mullins.
A comment from Dell:
of the major problems being experienced is the “uniform of the day”.
Most departments have their patrol officers wearing the standard
uniform - rather than riot gear and that makes them a much easier target
for physical attacks. It’s a catch-22, really, because wearing the
riot gear fatigues and helmets gives off a much stronger, military type
approach and that is seen as confrontational. Look at the picture
police officers are dressed in their standard uniforms, attacks like
this will be far more common. Attacking an officer donning riot gear
and you’ll face a much more difficult cop to bring down. In this case,
no helmet, no visor, no heavy flak jacket - nothing to provide
protection from attacks such as this, not to mention the popular bottle
throwing and paint can attacks
officers are armed, but - to this point, anyway - firearms are the last
thing they want to utilize. Pepper spray, Mace, Nightsticks and batons
and shields are the tools of choice. If you look at the picture again,
you’ll see NONE of those tools.
not suggesting that the police are inviting attacks by not wearing the
riot gear. But that is far to often the end result. What I AM
suggesting is it’s time to take off the kid gloves. When the attacks
rise to the level of felony assault on law enforcement officers, it’s
time to shift tactics to a higher gear, if for no other reason than to
protect those police officers from serious injury or worse. The
attackers are brazen and have shown they’re willing to defy police
instructions/orders by violence. It’s time to prepare for that by
deploying the officers in the proper gear.
attacker pictured above may or may not have been arrested, but, if he
wasn’t, I’d strongly suggest he get a long ways away from New York City
and not return. His photo will be burned into the memory of every NYPD
officer and if he’s spotted, he’s likely to be arrested and jailed for
“mopery with the intent to gawk”.