Occupy Wall Street Protesters Provoke Cops With Violence

One staple of leftist protests is cop baiting. The supposedly peaceful protesters purposefully ignore police officers, doing things like impeding traffic and generally making a nuisance of themselves to the non-protesting public, and when the cops try to bring order to the protest they resist. Push. Shove. Hit. Throw things. And when the cops try to subdue and/or resist, they carry on as though they were being victimized while their compatriots chant silly things like “the whole world is watching.”

Case in point, this YouTube video of a senior New York cop laying about with a night stick trying to hold back a crowd.

That video was posted by one of the protesters, and pretty carefully edited. Here’s another view of the same altercation, this time taken by a local Fox affiliate. In it you see the police trying to hold back the crows (not everyone in New York is protesting, and those who aren’t have a right to be able to move about unimpeded) and the crowds trying to bum rush the cops before they’re dispersed with billy clubs and pepper spray.

Now, I’m one who is generally pretty skeptical of heavy-handed law enforcement tactics, but we give police things like night sticks and pepper spray for a reason. Keep angry mobs from turning into full-on riots is one of those reasons.

Occupy Wall Street Arrests; Fox 5 Crew and Protesters Hit by Mace, Batons: MyFoxNY.com

These protesters have a right to free speech and peaceful assembly. This was anything but peaceful assembly. But nor was it random. Again, these are coordinated tactics intended to use violent tactics to provoke violent responses so that ultimately the protesters can portray themselves as victims.

Which, by the way, isn’t anything you saw at tea party protests. Most cops are unionized, by the way, and the tea party movement isn’t exactly union friendly. And yet, the cops and tea partiers were able to get along without arrests or beat-downs.

On a related note, later in the Fox report above a walk-out of college students happened today to show solidarity with the protests. Meaning these students’ brains are operating so poorly that they’re protesting by walking out on educations they’re running up huge amounts of debt to pay for.

Well done, geniuses. Well done.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Spartacus

    No big deal. It’s just a little tune up. Probably the first time most of the “protestors” have ever been disciplined for anything in their lives. Blame their parents for raising them to be spoiled mouthy drug addled deadbeats.

  • SigFan

    While the entire premise of these useful idiots is laughable, the potential for these manipulated events to degenerate into full-blown riots is real.  And IMO, that is exactly what the left wants to occur.  Mob violence, mob mentality – staples of the leftist bag of tricks.

  • mikemc1970

    Time for the water cannons and the bean bag rounds.

  • badlands4

    I wonder if flyers with this police officer’s personal information, along with his family, will start to circulate as it did with the police officer who pepper sprayed some of the protesters?

  • Jimmy_Wildcat

    Strangely enough, it seems to be a “competition” between these “Occupiers” to see who can get arrested the most. These people go out of their way to agitate police officers and then scream bloody murder when officers respond reasonably (for the most part) to their dumb asses.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Exactly.  And like I said in the post, it’s a tactic.  They want to bait the cops into reacting in order to support their narrative.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        You’re a joke Rob.  What did the news people do to “bait” the cops?  The media got pepper sprayed and billy clubbed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

        You’re such a liar.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    The President Personal Pants-Poopers

  • WOOF

    Occupy Wall Street  scares the  masters of the Tea Party,  Armey,  Kibbe  Russo and  their financiers.
    The masters support wall street and corporate privilege.
    The Teaster rank and file share a common enemy with OWS.

    • mikemc1970

      It only scares people for the future when they look and listen to what utter retards the youth of America have become. The only enemy of of the TEA Party is big government. The only enemy of the OWS mob is the reality of getting an actual job.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Why do you hate America and it’s youth, mikemc?  Do you only want Grumpy Old Poops (GOP) making the rules?

        • mikemc1970

          Did you not read the post you are responding to or do you need me to repeat what I’ve already said several more times until it sinks in?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You said the American youth have become utter retards.  I’m wondering why you hate America and it’s youth to speak so harshly?

          • robert108

            I blame the govt schools for your ignorance, little hanni.

    • Bat One

      There is nothing scary about a gaggle of smelly, over-indulged children protesting the fact that people who are smarter, more industrious and self-sufficient have more toys than they do.

      • WOOF

        Peasants scare  banksters .
        “JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New
        York City Police Foundation.
        The gift was the largest in the history of
        the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to
        strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new
        patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the
        NYPD’s main data center.”

        • Bat One

          I’m quite sure that DU, HuffPo, ThinkProgress and the rest of the far Left blogosphere will trumpet that $4.6 million gift as a sign that Jamie Dimond and the rest of the Wall Street bankers are sore afraid of the new Woodstock shock troops mewing at the gates.  But that’s nothing more than deluded wishful thinking.  Perhaps you could enlighten us with the exact date of the gift in question and whether or not it was actually in response to the “protests” as you’ve suggested.

          Mr. Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein, John Paulson, and the rest of the Wall Street “moguls” are at work pretty damn early.  Well before the scruffy, dropouts show up.

          • mikemc1970

            I find references for the gift all the way back to January 11 of this year. My guess is woofie thinks JP Morgan chase has a psychic working for them and foresaw this very dilemma.

          • Bat One

            That’s just great!  One more example of the shameless and willful dishonesty of those on the Left.  As always, predictable!

          • robert108

            Woodstock wasn’t violent, Bat.  It was a music festival full of happy people.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Speaking of scruffy dropouts, why are you speaking so harshly of Rob’s limited education and the results that go hand in hand with it?

  • Jamermorrow

    I have feeling protests and riots are just starting in this country. As inflation kicks in people will not be able to afford food or medical services. We are going to see real riots in the near future.

    • badlands4

      I couldn’t agree more. I think you have hit the nail right on the head.

      • Jamermorrow

        It won’t just be leftists. What happens when Food stamps no longer buy any food? What happens when people can’t afford energy for their homes? What happens when SS check no longer buys anything?  Commodity prices are going to go through the roof.

        • badlands4

          Oh, I think you are right. If you don’t have a clue about how to even think about how you would handle  a natural disaster, let alone some kind of economic crisis, you are going to be completely and royally screwed and not have any kind of idea about how to move forward.

          We were stationed overseas. It wasn’t as stable a place as, for example, Europe so we were told you must do certain things. You must have a backpack for each dependent member of your family with food, clothing, needs for children, medication, etc and money to last three days in case dependents needed to be evacuated.

          That mentality and then moving to North Dakota where you had better be prepared for a winter storm in both your home and your vehicle has always had me thinking about “what if”. I don’t think most people even give it any thought.

  • http://www.momswithapassion.com CharlotteSal

    You make the assumption that all the protesters are liberals by your statement.. “One staple of leftist protests is cop baiting.”… This movement is not a hippie, patchouli movement. These people are from all walks of life. These are union members, housewives, students, professionals, clergy, librarians, the unemployed (who are looking for work), job holders, people living pay check to pay check, people who lost their homes etc. 

    It’s nice to sit on the sidelines and judge but until you yourself go down and talk to some of these people and get your head out of the fox news and CNN reports then you will never know what this is all about. I have never seen a protest with such a broad range of people. It’s not all hippies, it’s not all African American or any other single group… it’s a whole bunch of Americans who have the right to protest… exactly what my own father fought to defend in the US Army. 

    Your video does not demonstrate people being unruly, it just shows people (and reporters) being beaten. 

    Yes cops are union but did you know that there are a lot of cops who have opted NOT to go down to the protests? Just sayin.. 

    You have allowed the government to keep you in fear with the constant in your face threat of terrorism and the patriot act. All the while, the government is owned by corporations and the government and these corporations are now terrorizing every day Americans. 

    If you are indeed a Tea Party supporter.. take a look at this video. http://www.billionairesteaparty.com/ It’s started and owned by… you got it.. corporate billionaires. 

  • ancient soldier

    Have you noticed that the cops using the batons are using them in a panic mode? The police didn’t have the necessary presence to control that amount of people.

    So lets just start by saying, once you get poorly trained people in a situation that they cannot control you get certain results.

    Anyone here old enough to remember Kent State?

    Stupid senior leadership, poor training, results in piss poor performance.