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NYPD Theft,1st, 4th amendment what are you talking about those are fairytales by Cory V. Clark

New York, NY - After months of trying to confiscate the information Occupy Wall Street provides to the public on a daily basis, they got their chance when the person responsible for the information table stepped away for a moment, leaving another long-time protester in charge of it.

At 1:10 A.M. Lt. Connelly did a walk-though to inspect for violations of NYPD orders.

After she departed, a group of seven officers led by a sergeant surrounded the area in which the information was stored in milk creates. Sgt. Valentin (badge number 2673) of the 14th precinct asked who the printed material belonged to.

"I know who this belongs to, he'll be right back in a moment," said Chris Phillips.  

The officers tried to confiscate the crates that lay to the left of Phillips. Phillips struggled with the officer for several moments, arguing about the legality of what they were doing as he held on for dear life. In the end he relinquished the crates.  Among the items taken were voter information, pamphlets on O.W.S., other protests going on in the near future and a donation box full of money, donated by supporters who had passed by during the day.

"In the end I had to let go of it, I couldn't get arrested again, I already have one open case pending," said Phillips.  

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The officers moved the crates down the block several yards as protesters surrounded the police chanting thief, thief, thief.

Sgt. Valentin returned the donation box and ordered his officers to take the printed materials across the street, placing them into a patrol vehicle. No confiscation forms were issued to Phillips.

At 1:43 the police contingent moved back across the street in front of their patrol cars. After several moments while protesters were screaming at the officers, Sgt. Valentin and another officer, Quinn (badge number 3212), returned to the Trinity side of Broadway.  They approached a female protester, Victoria Darling, who was yelling loudly at them.

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A group of protesters came over to the officers. Sgt. Valentine tried to push his way past her.  When she didn't move he pushed her with his hand twice on the shoulder, then a third time directly on her breast, where he let his hand remain until she grabbed it and forced it off of her breast.

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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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When will the community truly come together in suc... by Cory Clark on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 6:28:23 PM
or you could get a job and stop trashing up the st... by IHate Occupy on Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:48:19 AM
Are you really that much of an unamerican jerk, or... by Cory Clark on Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 at 2:58:30 PM
I guess you like fascism, have fun at the FEMA ree... by Cory Clark on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 9:47:56 AM
Honest mistake, I don't think the officer realized... by IHate Occupy on Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:45:31 AM
is gonna play with you here, troll.  On back ... by Don Caldarazzo on Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 12:56:20 PM
Ah I played alittle only because I like messing wi... by Cory Clark on Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 at 3:03:48 PM