Nadler Wants Federal Probe Of NYPD’s ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Response

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Manhattan Congressman Jerrold Nadler wants the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a full investigation into alleged misconduct by the NYPD and actions taken against Occupy Wall Street protesters.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Nadler expressed his concern about “troubling reports” involving alleged “excessive force used by NYPD officers against OWS protestors.”

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Nadler specifically pointed out three incidents that he says are “worthy of investigation,” including a September 24 march in which several arrests were made, allegations of excessive force during a Brooklyn Bridge march on October 1 and the eviction of protesters from Zuccotti Park on November 15.

“I urge you initiate an investigation into law enforcement activities surrounding the Occupy Wall Street protests, and similar events in other cities, to determine whether the unlawful use of force, or the unlawful targeting of individuals based on their participation in constitutionally protected activities, occurred,” Nadler said in the letter to Holder.

Nadler also took issue with how the police allegedly treated journalists covering the Zuccotti Park eviction, saying “the NYPD aggressively blocked journalists from reporting on the incident, and in some cases, targeted journalists for mistreatment.”

The lawmaker also criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s response to questions regarding the treatment of journalists during the eviction in which it was suggested reporters were restricted for their own protection.

“This justification appears to have little merit,” Nadler wrote. Journalists enter war zones to inform the American people about the status of those conflicts. I think they can be trusted to assume the risks associated with covering a non-violent protest.”

A spokesperson for the DOJ said Tuesday it would review the letter.

Agree with Rep. Nadler’s remarks?  Do you think the DOJ will investigate the NYPD response?  Share your thoughts below…

  • Johnny Coleman


    • wounded_defecator

      Liberal, Neo-conservative useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
      Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with Occupy and with the Anonymous, Wikileaks and Ruckus brigades. Thanx for all of your service.
      For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites, sic Zionist apparachiks of the Fed, IMF and World Bank, will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding their addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble flea-baggers, lest the streets flow with blood.

  • Probe these nutz

    ShuT up.

  • Milton

    Typical blathering from a typical leftist Democrat, who of course cares more about the perps than cops, who in the face of terrible provocation, etc., demonstrated great restraint in doing their jobs.

    • jimmy terwiliger

      or maybe the cops care more about collecting an easy paycheck than doing their actual job

  • Fed up with hypocrites

    As if we don’t waste enough money in the government. Let hear it for Nadler and his uselessn15 minutes of fame. Why don’t you find something useful to do like figure out a way to make the country successful.

  • j

    you really are a prick. You are the same jerk ragging on obama in the comments on the vitale story.

  • Jefferson Davis

    This Congressman Nadler needs to feel the business end of a Confederate horsewhip on his bare Yankee ass.

  • Trash Hoe

    For the most part, the NYPD behaved as they should. Still you had a few who took things too far and should be either fired without pension or arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I often wonder why the 99% of good cops allow themselves to be looked at as 1% of filth in the department. Until the 99% push the 1% out and stop this blue wall of silence crap, they are no better than the 1%.

  • truth

    enough with those idiotic ows folks! just let the story end!!!

  • Kevin Howard

    Any fair investigation will only show that the police acted with admirable restraint in the face of a hostile crowd. The money to do this would be better spent investigating the cozy relationships these congressman have with special interests.

  • Billy

    Nadler–Put your fat A– out there an have these a–holes throwing things at you. You an this stupid Mayor should go out and tell these Snart A– punks to go home. But guess what, Neither of you have the Balls to do it. You want the Police to do it and then you call for a Federal Investagation? You are a piece of S–t.

    • Jimmy Ellis

      Billy… Its the cops job to do it. Either they do it of they are gone. There were a few cops who went too far and those jack-booted thugs need to be fired without pension.

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