Lawyer For Woman Pepper Sprayed At Occupy Wall Street March Demands Charges Against NYPD Official

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The lawyer for a woman who was pepper sprayed last month during the Wall Street protest is demanding that the Manhattan district attorney prosecute an NYPD deputy inspector on an assault charge.

Attorney Ronald Kuby sent a letter to prosecutors Tuesday on behalf of teacher’s aide Kaylee Dedrick.

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Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna is said to be the officer who used pepper spray on women who were already cordoned off by a mesh barrier in Union Square.

Video of the incident that was posted on YouTube shows an officer blasting a cluster of women with pepper spray. Two of the women crumple on the sidewalk in pain. One screams. The officer’s white shirt indicates a rank of lieutenant or above. Kuby says Dedrick is shown on her knees, “screaming in pain.”

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Last month, protestors marched to One Police Plaza in Lower Manhattan, saying they were fighting against “police brutality and harassment.”

“Police brutality in New York is a little crazy right now — those girls got maced,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Jones. “That’s part of the reason that I came out…”

After the pepper spraying incident, Bologna was given 24-hour protection at his home on Staten Island after the hacker group “Anonymous” put out his name and personal details in a vague warning online which stated:

“As we watched your officers kettle innocent women, we observed you barbarically pepper spray wildly into the group of kettled women. We were shocked and disgusted by your behavior. You know who the innocent women were, now they will have the chance to know who you are. Before you commit atrocities against innocent people, think twice. WE ARE WATCHING!!! Expect Us!”

The NYPD said the pepper spray was used properly against people trying to interfere with police attempting to disperse a crowd and that all Occupy Wall Street arrests have been justified.

The office of District Attorney Cyrus Vance declined comment.

Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the matter is being investigated by police internal affairs and the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Kelly said previously that the video left out tumultuous conduct by protesters who illegally tried to block streets.

Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he can understand the frustration expressed by the Occupy Wall Street protesters and vowed to protect their First Amendment rights, but said he doesn’t like some of the “bashing” of the people who live and work in New York City.

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“I don’t appreciate the bashing of all the hard-working people who live here and pay the taxes that support our city,” he said. “The realization is our city depends on the financial services industries provide that’s one of the industries that people have complained about.”

The mayor says that the tax revenue the financial industry provides pays for teachers, police officers and firefighters.

Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters took their demonstration from Zuccotti Park to Park Avenue on Tuesday, delivering their message to the homes of some of the city’s wealthiest residents.

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  • Gail

    Another vantage of the incident. Bologna deliberately sought out the victim , who was not blocking the street but had already been kettled on the sidewalk by the orange mesh…about 5 minutes into this video of 9/24

    • Vik

      Oh Boo Hoo!. Go Home Dirty, Stinking, Filthy Fleabaggers!!!

  • Peter

    Got to love this! Doesn’t anyone remember what Ronald Reagan had to say about the Occupy Wall Street protests?


  • R. Kuby

    Let’s call it like it is: 1) anyone who becomes a cop hopes he’ll get to use the mace / gun / pepper spray / billy club. It’s part of the “cop mentality”. 2) anyone who participates in “civil disobedience” activities KNOWS they run the risk of papper spray OR WORSE. Same as a soldier / firemean / cop KNOW they could die on the job. Just some realities. Comes with the territory.

  • Danny

    The police should realize that their jobs and pensions are being eliminated across the country, and while they may not like these kids, these kids are also fighting for their security.

    • setanta

      fighting for their security ? that girl should take her imaginary kent state moment on the road where it belongs.

    • Vik

      Big trash talk coming from an out of town brat. Go back to your playpen, baby! Your filthy, flea-ridden friends are causing problems for those of us who actually get off our a$$e$ and work. Not to mention the money spent on overtime babysitting their lazy A$$E$ could have been money spent on real problems plaguing this city. Go bring your pot, excrement, orgies to Pennsylvania Avenue and leave NYC alone!!!

  • Michael H.

    Glad to see Ron Kuby on the case! I really miss his radio show. Now maybe this woman will get some justice and Tony Baloney will get his!

    • DanTe

      Thanks Michael H. I wasn’t too sure about reports that these stupid c\/nts were police baiting. But you have always been consistently 100% accurate, in the opposite direction. Thanks again for the confirm.

      SPAY these b/tches!

      • Michael H.

        You really knot my panties, you!

        • Michael H.

          Once again, CBS fails to protect the identities of the people who take the time to generate traffic to their website and spend time reading and commenting on their stories. When are we finally going to get a legitimate log in system? I’m sick and tired of being impersonated by DanTe and his goons (or maybe it’s just him)

          • Not Dante

            Sorry. That wasn’t Dante impersonating you. Dante don’t do that.

          • Not Dante

            Dante just pounds you with the truth and nothing but the truth.

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