One of the women pepper-sprayed by the police officer Anthony Bologna now wants the high-ranking "white shirt" to be charged with assault. Kaylee Dedrick, who was seemingly cooperating with police who put her into a kettling pen during an Occupy Wall Street march on September 24, only to be pepper-sprayed by Bologna, has “suffered serious physical pain as a result of this attack," according to a letter from her lawyer, Ron Kuby, to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance.
According to Metropolis, "Dedrick was not arrested in the incident, her lawyer wrote. Under the New York Police Department’s Patrol Guide, Kuby noted in the letter, pepper spray may be used in 'non-arrest situations only to subdue an emotionally disturbed person or against a dangerous animal.' Kuby wrote, "Department Spokesperson Paul Browne stated publicly that the pepper-spraying was justified as part of 'a continuum of force that obviated the use of batons.' This suggests that my client should be grateful that she was not beaten to the ground with police clubs, but it does not explain why D.I. Bologna discharged his pepper spray."
Kuby also said, "It is now seventeen days since D.I. Bologna discharged the spray felt ’round the world.’ While there are published accounts that you are conducting an investigation, you have not attempted to interview my client or obtain her medical records, nor have you informed her as to the progress of your investigation... It is time that D.I. Bologna stop relying on tax-payer supplied spokespeople and tell his story in the same venue given to regular citizens -- at trial."
Bologna, who has been receiving death threats and had his identity revealed by Anonymous, was also caught on tape pepper-spraying other police officers and a photographer.