Over several days during the Occupy Wall Street protests, New York cops have arrested, punched, whacked, shoved to the ground, and tossed a barrier at reporters and photographers, says the New York Times. Reporters with The Associated Press and The Daily News were arrested while taking notes. A radio reporter was arrested as she recorded several blocks from the park.
At least since the Republican National Convention of 2004, the city’s police have grown accustomed to forcibly penning, arresting, and sometimes spraying, and whacking protesters and reporters. Yesterday, the New York Times and 12 other organizations sent a letter of protest to the Police Department. “The police actions of last week,” the authors said, “have been more hostile to the press than any other event in recent memory.” Paul Browne, police deputy commissioner, denies any change in policy, saying police establish lines for safety and to ensure that evidence is preserved.