NYPD Pepper-Spraying Caught on Camera


A demonstrator is hauled off by police following a march through the Financial District to protest the economic system on September 20, 2011 in New York City. People are taking part in the multi-day protest organized by "Occupy Wall Street" by camping out in near-by Zuccotti Park and marching through the financial district as people make their way to work.

Some 80 people were arrested over the weekend during the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York—mostly for disorderly conduct and obstructing traffic. The NYPD, however, is facing criticism about its conduct after videos emerged showing what may be excessive force: in one, a group of female protesters penned by an orange fence are approached and pepper-sprayed by a high-ranking officer. In another, a man is thrown to the ground for no apparent reason. In a separate but potentially worse headache for the NYPD, the Daily News says several officers were caught on wiretaps using racist language.