NYPD officers—some of whom have been caught on video pepper spraying and beating Occupy Wall Street protesters, are getting fed up with all this senseless violence! And they've got a message you nogoodnik protesters who think you can injure their fists with your faces. Yesterday the five thousand member Sergeant’s Benevolent Association of the NYPD announced it will take legal action against Occupy Wall Street protesters who cause harm to any of its members.
Ed Mullins, president of the association, says, "In light of the growing violence attendant to the 'Occupy' movements across the country, particularly as evidenced by the recent events in Oakland, I am compelled to place these so-called 'occupiers' on notice that physical assaults on police officers will not be tolerated. Any assault on a police officer is not only punishable as a felony in the State of New York, but will also be met with swift and certain legal action by the SBA, which will seek monetary damages against any individual who causes injury to a New York City Sergeant."
But what are these "recent events" in Oakland of which he speaks? Oh right, the protesters who fired tear gas, rubber bullets, flash-bangs and bean bag projectiles at those innocent, disrespected police. Oh and last night, Scott Olsen, a former Marine and two-time Iraq war veteran, "sustained a skull fracture after being shot in the head with a police projectile while peacefully participating in an Occupy Oakland march," according to a press release sent out by Occupy Wall Street—which of course fails to mention the blister that the officer sustained on his trigger finger.
"New York’s police officers are working around the clock as the already overburdened economy in New York is being drained by 'occupiers' who intentionally and maliciously instigate needless and violent confrontations with the police," Mullins says in his statement. "In response, I have instructed the SBA’s attorneys to pursue the harshest possible civil sanctions—including monetary damages—against any individual protester who causes injury to my members." Felix Rivera-Pitre better hope the sergeant who punched him in the face for giving him a dirty look doesn't come up positive for HIV!