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NYPD Cpt.greene by Cory V . Clark

New York, NY september 25, 2012 -Police started their daily campaign of harassment early by kicking protesters wake to make room for Trinity churches private maintenance crew to clean the sidewalks, it quickly escalated to violence on the on the part of NYPD from there.

At 9:48 am police Sgt. Harney Badge number 2849 and a fellow officer confiscated a large painting from a protester that wasn't initially present at the scene.

When the young woman arrived shortly after police took the piece of art she tried to claim it. A pulling match ensured between the much larger Harney and the 4 ft. 9 in. woman. After several moments Harney released the painting with a push driving her into the scaffolding knocking her unconscious.

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Victim being loaded in to rescue Vehichle by Cory V. Clark

Paramedics were called to the scene and she was eventually taken to the hospital.  

However, in the mean time she laid unconscious with her head on the curb and body partially in the street, while this was going on NYPD Cpt. Greene and a Lieutenant, stood over the scene, smiling and laughing amongst themselves apparently proud of the work their subordinate had done.

While the young woman identified by fellow protesters as Sparrow was being treated at the hospital and still unconscious, NYPD placed the victim under arrest.

By early evening police still had not been able to tell us what she was being charged with, only that she was in custody.

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Authority Abused by Cory V. Clark

This was not to be the end of the day's harassment by police.   Cpt. Greene sent his officers into the area to take protesters property and to have protesters move their stuff on two other occasions during the evening.

At 6 in the evening officers came through telling protesters that they were obstructing pedestrian traffic with their property, including two individuals who were clearly out of the way of foot traffic in an indention between the church fencing and the backside of the subway entrance.

Police threatened to arrest the two protesters for obstructing pedestrian traffic and some obscure law claiming that they were an eyesore.

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Obstructing Ped. Traffic, really? by Cory V. Clark

The two refused to move and a crowd of protesters had formed around them demanding to know the specific code violation police were claiming they violated.

Police couldn't answer the question even after speaking on the phone to their superiors and eventually left the two alone.

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Checking with the Boss by Cory V. Clark

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You aren't there, this stuff is abandoned by Cory V. Clark

The second time the police came in to harass protesters, was to take someone's personal property that was setting in another alcove, again claiming it as abandoned despite the presence of an unidentified person claiming ownership of the property.

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"unclaimed" Blanket gets arrested by Cory V. Clark

Police threw out several blankets, dog food, books, clothes and other material without regard to the owner's safety, even threatening the owner with arrest if she didn't move off of the matting they were attempting to throw away.

Again police were challenged with citing the law that gave them the authority to take this persons property and throw it in the sanitation truck at the curb, again they were unable to answer the question.

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The owners 3ft away it's abandoned! by Cory V. Clark

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Picking on the poor blurs the world to bring the focus to you by Cory V. Clark

Cpt. Greene was present at all three incidents with the same smug smile of satisfaction.

Relief only came for protesters when the Captain finally left the scene for the day.      

The harassment of the Trinity Protesters has steadily increased over the past 109 days they've been protesting in front of Trinity Church, several protesters have been hurt and others have been arrested often without provocation.

Police seem to taking direction from Trinity Church's head of security who often is seen speaking to police officials just before many of the illegal seizures, or other acts of hostility by NYPD, and has even given orders to protesters as if he were in fact a police officer himself.   

A rally will be held on Thursday September 27, 2012 against Stop and Frisk policies, other oppressive and illegal activities conducted by NYPD on the broad Street side of city hall at 10:30 am.

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