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NYPD RAMPS UP HEAT ON PROTESTERS: Sinking to New Lows in the Process

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Police throw out OWS information fliers into the street.
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Police throw out OWS information fliers into the street. by Cory V. Clark

New York, New York October 11, 2012- NYPD is turning up the heat on protesters with increased violence, arrests and legalized theft of personal property.

"The intensity of harassment fluctuates from day to day depending on the white shirt in command that day," said Damien Shark, 42.

At 6PM NYPD moved in to clear protesters from in front of Trinity Church in order for the church to clean the city sidewalks they claim to be responsible for.

During the effort to remove protesters, Officer Price of the 7th precinct violently shoved past a Red Cross medic to remove a tarp in which information about Occupy Wall Street was laid out. Officer price then threw the paper materials, tarp and storage devices into the street temporarily obstructing traffic.

Earlier in the evening three protesters in Harlem were arrested at a community supported occupation they had started several days before. NYPD refuses to comment on the arrests claiming it was for disorderly conduct.

At 9 PM police enter the encampment in front of Trinity attempting to grab personal property from protesters, claim that it was abandoned even while the owner was sitting next to the item, abusing the term reasonable in order to justify the theft of property. Including the attempt to grab several thousand dollars worth of art from Philadelphia Mixed Media Artist Danielle Finger, who has several galleries and national art shows under her belt, including a recent show for the National Adoption Center where a piece she painted sold for as much as a Zoe Strauss.

This is the second artist to be targeted by NYPD at Trinity, just three weeks ago a young woman of color named Sparrow was knocked unconscious by an NYPD sergeant then arrested in the hospital while trying to protect a painting of hers that had been illegally taken and thrown in a trash truck for disposal.

Just two hours later Police reentered the encampment to make a second attempt at grabbing personal property. Police confiscated the walker of a disabled protester and threw it in the trash. Other protesters retrieved the walker condemning police for targeting a disabled person.

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