Anthony Bologna, NYPD Officer Who Pepper-Sprayed Protesters, May Be Docked 10 Vacation Days


In a move that, to some extent, acknowledges that NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna did wrong by pepper-spraying a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters, all women, who were being contained by orange net, he has been given a command discipline and may lose 10 vacation days. According to the New York Times, "Officials said investigators found that the inspector ran afoul of Police Department rules for the use of the spray." (According to protocol, pepper spray should only be used to control a suspect who's resisting arrest or for protection, and in cases of "disorder control" -- but only by a specially trained officer.)

Bologna was found to have used the spray "outside of departmental guidelines." He can plead guilty (and accept the charge) or he can choose to have a departmental trial. Via the Times:

"Deputy Inspector Bologna is disappointed at the results of the department investigation," Inspector Richter said. "His actions prevented further injury and escalation of tumultuous conduct. To date, this conduct has not been portrayed in its true context."

Ron Kuby, lawyer for Kaylee Dedrick, one of the pepper-sprayed women, continues to urge the D.A. to arrest Bologna and charge him with third-degree assault, and Aymen Aboushi, lawyer for Chelsea Elliott, another of the pepper-spray victims, who is pursuing a civil case against the NYPD, said this:

"While holding Mr. Bologna responsible is one facet of our aim, a far greater aim is systematic change. The NYPD is holding Mr. Bologna responsible, but no one is holding the NYPD responsible. Indeed, there has been no systematic change, procedural overhauls, or new training. Thus, the threat of encroachment on civil liberties by the same people sworn to defend and uphold them remains ever-present. That Mr. Bologna loses a few vacation days does nothing to prevent and deter the very conduct the NYPD implicitly recognizes as illegal.

"NYPD's refusal to instill the systematic changes needed to stem these problems renders them complicit in their perpetration, and indeed is seen by officers in the ranks as giving its imprimatur. NYPD's silence on this glaring problem is deafening."

Commander Who Pepper-Sprayed Protesters Faces Disciplinary Charge [NYT]

[JDoll / @thisisjendoll]

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apartments of tel aviv
apartments of tel aviv

he should not did it the protesters are just expressing their concern to each other they are very much affected of the problem that the government had

apartments of tel aviv
apartments of tel aviv

10 days is not enough for this cop he must be suspended for a couple of months his action is obviously a bad authority

Merheskett
Merheskett

I am old enough to remember the 60-70's war protests and other marches for injustice. Bad human behavior is no excuse when it is in uniform. Perhaps he was there hoping for an esalation to prove his "manhood". This man should be severly disciplined before the public and for the departments good. He may be a cop but sooner or later he can be found alone and just as vulnerable as his victims.

alfred
alfred

should have sprayed these commie scumbags with ultra concentrated sulfuric acid.

bambuu
bambuu

I can only imagine if this dope had pepper sprayed a teabagger. 

PubliusC
PubliusC

10 vacation days?  Are they serious?  A senior officer can assault innocnet civilians and get off with a slap on the wrist?  How about a demotion and reprimand at the very least??

Johnthefisherman
Johnthefisherman

The cops should pen them in and walk away. Let them wallow in their own filth. From what I've seen of this so called movement they're lucky they haven't been raped and their shit stolen.

Virothyron
Virothyron

public hanging for Anthony Bologna and his family. he is disgrace to human race. this pig need to die.....

bambuu
bambuu

to bad it wasn't you he pepper sprayed I would have been jumping with joy you (_!_)

bambuu
bambuu

It won't happen with the NYPD nope, he gets to be out on the street 10 extra days so he can go around assaulting innocent people.  That's the blue wall of silence. 

PubliusC
PubliusC

YOu obviously have not been to Zucotti Park.  It is neat and well organized considering the circumstances. 

Johnthefisherman
Johnthefisherman

Well look at the brightside. Withing the last couple of days you got the endorsement of the North Korean and Iranian governernment along with the  KKK. Good job flea-baggers!

Anon A
Anon A

LOL - you need a good dose of pepper spray in the eyes to calm down your bloodlust.

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