Chelsea Elliott, Pepper-Sprayed by NYPD, Plans to Join Kaylee Dedrick in Pressing Charges


Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that Kaylee Dedrick, a 24-year-old teacher's aide and one of the five Occupy Wall Street protesters pepper-sprayed by an NYPD officer on Saturday, September 24, has, via her attorney, Ronald Kuby, asked Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to file assault charges against the man identified as the pepper-spraying cop, Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna. Kuby has also demanded that Bologna be placed under arrest.

Via the Journal,

Her lawyer wrote that she was treated at the emergency room after the pepper-spray incident and "suffered serious physical pain as a result of this attack."

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."

Further,

Kuby wrote that "there is no reason, except politics, to delay charging and arresting D.I. Bologna." The Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the NYPD [who have both stated that they are investigating the matter of the pepper spraying] declined to comment on Kuby's letter.

We got in touch with another pepper-sprayed protester, Chelsea Elliott, who shared her story with us after the incident. She says that she, too, has obtained legal counsel and will be pressing charges. "I am doing in an effort to change police policy and so that Deputy Inspector Bologna will no longer have to opportunity to assault civilians," she said.

Officer's Arrest Sought in Pepper-Spray Incident [WSJ]

Update: Elliott is pursuing a civil case against the NYPD.

Previously: Chelsea Elliott, Occupy Wall Street Protester Sprayed by Cop, Tells Us What Happened

[JDoll / @thisisjendoll]

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Sally
Sally

I'm glad these women are filing assault charges against Officer Tony Bologna (Tony Baloney, if you ask me!). I've watched this video any number of times and there was NO reason for these women to be corraled like animals and then pepper sprayed. It was flat out assault and the officer should be arrested and charged with assault, no two ways around it. I look forward to finding out how this all comes out in the end.

Chris C
Chris C

We are living in a police state. Now, people who are outraged by lack of compassion in their country are pepper sprayed. Now, compassion is considered an emotional disturbance. This makes me very sad.

John Ward
John Ward

 Kaylee Dedrick  has, via her attorney, Ronald Kuby, asked Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to file assault charges against the man identified as the pepper-spraying cop, Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna. Kuby has also demanded that Bologna be placed under arrest.

Kelly P
Kelly P

" 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."

I won't say it...it's just too obvious.

Truth_teller1
Truth_teller1

Police misconduct is an old story, as is that too often 'law enforcement' has translated to 'enforcing the so-called rights of privilege and property'.  And, too often, abusive police are completely without accountability.

There's a You Tube video that's from a few years ago, but it's worth watching today more than ever...it's an hour of excerpts from a daylong police accountability hearing in Connecticut's legislature.  It contains testimony of an alleged police murder plot against an activist (a plot that made the Hartford Courant... http://articles.courant.com/19... ), police brutality testimony, testimony of alleged police rape, etc.  And, it is academics, police experts, victims, politicos, and activists that are on the video testifying.  Here is the You Tube link... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

I say good for these women that they have the courage to take a stand, because as OWS has reminded us, 'We, the people' need to!  We, the people founded America, and it is past time to reclaim what has been wrongfully taken from us, the right to freedom from abuse included!

Nayan Padrai
Nayan Padrai

People should call the Manhattan DA's office and ask for accountability for that NYPD White Shirt criminal  http://manhattanda.org/contact...   My guess is the DA's office will find some reason not to press charges unless there is more public outcry

peter
peter

My gut tells me they will find some excuse to dismiss charges against the Inspector--probably on the flimsy grounds that he detected evidence of emotional disturbance among the demonstrators.

Fat chick in LA
Fat chick in LA

Good for them. More people need to stand up for themselves when the seats of power go to far.

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