Ray Kelly: NYPD 'Will Look' Into Occupy Wall Street Pepper-Spraying

Pressure has been mounting for the NYPD to do something about the pepper-spraying of peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters on Saturday. If you haven't seen it yet, there's video above (and also a new one out today) of a cop who's since been identified as Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna pepper-spraying young protesters in the face without much provocation.

Now, Ray Kelly says that the police department's Internal Affairs Bureau will "look at" Bologna's pepper-spraying incident. What that actually means, he didn't say.

Kelly told reporters he'd seen the video on TV news, and "questioned whether the snippet he saw offered enough context to evaluate what occurred."

The pepper-spraying fiasco is adding up to a big PR problem for the NYPD, as it's become the focus of Occupy Wall Street coverage in the last few days. As we've noted before, this anger at the cops has the potential to dilute Occupy Wall Street's original message (whatever that may be), but it's also providing ample opportunity for the protests to stay in the news.

Occupy Wall Street isn't yet satisfied with the NYPD's response. Spokesman Patrick Bruner told Runnin' Scared that "now it seems like Kelly is further into the coverup" of the pepper-spraying. "This is indicative of more than just a rogue officer."

"If anyone else had done that, it would have been a lot more than getting fired from their day job," he said. "Every time an instance like this happens there should be mass firings."

[via City Room/NYT]

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Notsofast
Notsofast

at :21 you clearly see a man with short hair and black shirt push a police officer, he steps back into the safety of the crowd, immediately after the police officer whips his head around to try to identify the person. Shortly after pepper spray ensues. This video tape, may incriminate the police officer, or it may justify his actions. Why am I the first person to notice this? are we so quick to judge?  

Bodayah
Bodayah

@Notsofast Um that doesn't justify spraying 5 or 6 other people in the face with mace.

markpkessinger
markpkessinger

My prediction, based on what usually happens with the NYPD's Internal Affairs Investigation:  they will do a pro-forma investigation that clears Bologna of any wrongdoing, at which point he will be permitted to retire. 

The suggestion that the NYPD is either willing or capable of conducting an objective investigation into the conduct of one of its own is about as ludicrous as Alan Greenspan's suggestion that the major financial firms were capable of policing themselves.

AL. Ibural
AL. Ibural

A PR problem? I doubt it. I bet bologna was grinning on the inside. LOL.

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Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

The movement is gaining momentum after a week and a half andOccupy movements are popping up all over the country!  Stand up together and use your voice to giveto those without.  Tax the rich and feedthe poor- you are the 99%!  See my OccupyWall Street painting and Anonymous homage on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...where you can also see videos of the protests and police brutality as well asget other sources for real coverage of the movement.  

Omar
Omar

I have a lot of respect for these protestors.  They're being pushed very hard to respond with violence but they seem to be resisting admirably.

Songbyrd76
Songbyrd76

They will "look into" this incident but bring up on trial two cops for playing ball with kids on their beat! WTF!

Omar
Omar

This fascist prick Bologna decided that it was within his rights to pepper-spray an innocent woman in the face because she was yelling at a protest.  Bologna should face criminal charges over this, anyone else would.  

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