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Intimidation, Assault, false arrest, NYPD's attack on the 4th estate during the weekend of S-17

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"Police grabbed you by both arms and used you to drive a wedge through the crowd then slammed you into the side walk in the alcove, three officer had their knees in your back," said Timothy Kyle, a photographer from Philadelphia's Occupy Philly Media.

Police were screaming in my ear "this is what you wanted wasn't it," and "stop resisting," although I was limp and compliant save that I was screaming for all to hear me that I was a journalist.

My experience wasn't the exception, but seemed to be the rule, not just for our arrests, but for all of the arrests during the S-17 protests.

Two of the photojournalists who were arrested with me had their flex cuffs on so tight as to cause extreme pain and the loss of feeling in their hands. One female photographer's handcuffs were so tight that not only did she loose feeling but her hands began turning cold.

Police ignored the pleas of the arrestees who tried tirelessly to get the police to re-handcuff her for over an hour, even after we arrived at the 7 th precinct to be processed.

Arrestees continually moved her to the end of the line were they were taking people to be processed, just to get her through the process and out of the flex-cuffs.

After they finally cut the cuffs off of her, they told her to take off her equipment and bags, she attempted to remove her property from her pockets, while police screamed at her not to move toward her pockets and went to search her themselves.

There were no female officers present at the time.

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The group of arrestees demanded that a female officer be brought in to search her.   After a few minutes of stalling the lead officer called for a female officer.

The other photographer who had his handcuffs on excessively tight screamed for his life as police tried to cut the cuffs off with a pair of large scissors.

After several attempts and having caused the cuffs to be pulled tighter, the officers had to call for a special cutting tool to be used to remove flex-cuffs.

We were kept in custody until after all of the protesters had been released.   It was some time after midnight when I finally walked out of the 7 th precinct into the loving familial arms of Occupiers who came to hold a vigil in support of the arrestees, as is the common practice for the group.

The targeting of journalist didn't end that night, though, it continued through the entire event with several more yet to be unidentified journalist having been arrested and released.
Arrest of Julia Reinhardt on the morning of S-17 by Occupy Washington D.C.

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Most of the journalist who were arrested were either charged with Obstructing Pedestrian traffic or Disturbing the Peace, receiving a Desk Appearance Ticket and scheduled to appear at 9am on October 25 th , 2012 to answer charges.   

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Cory Clark is an Independent Photojournalist and writer, focused on Civil and Human Rights issues, National and international politics, and Social Justice Movements. He is currently working to document the lives of the homeless from their (more...)

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