Garden Variety Assaults, Except They're By the Police

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Abby Zimet

With the Occupy movement still growing, legal action is gearing up against the more egregious abuses by New York police. A class action suit is pending on behalf of hundreds arrested on Brooklyn Bridge, and the district attorney’s office is investigating assault charges against two supervisors: Anthony Bologna for pepper-spraying several women, and Johnny Cardona for punching a protester in the face - both actions, lawyers say, that would lead to swift arrest if anyone but cops had taken them. In Dallas, meanwhile, occupiers reached an accomodation with police and peaceably relocated. Then they sent a letter to City Hall urging officials, "Come visit the people."

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