NYC Council Supports Occupiers. Cops Don't.

Abby Zimet

Perhaps behind Bloomberg's decision to postpone the eviction of Zuccotti Park was a letter from 14 members of the City Council urging the mayor to “respect the deep traditions of free speech” and let protesters stay. That didn't stop police later from getting increasingly violent, running over an observer from the National Lawyers' Guild - breaking his leg - and punching an HIV-positive protester in the face so hard that blood flew. He advised the cop to get tested. Intense video.

"Please respect the deep traditions of free speech and right of assembly that make this a great, free, diverse, and opinionated city and nation." - council letter.

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