NYPD officer who maced female protesters at Occupy Wall Stret identified, and d0xed by Anonymous

The NYPD officer caught on video macing peaceful female "Occupy Wall Street" protesters at close range, then "slinking away," has been identified. And doxed by Anonymous. "Before you commit atrocities against innocent people, think twice," the intro to "BadCop D0x" begins. "WE ARE WATCHING!!! Expect Us!"


  1. Ironic quote alert:  

    In February 1993 he began working as an internal investigator in the chief of patrol’s office. “It was my first taste of internal investigation and it opened my eyes to the darker side of police work,” Bologna said. “You read in the papers about cops doing things that you can’t believe because you think everybody’s like you.”  (From The Villager article)

    I like to believe I wouldn’t hurt another human being, at least unless I had to act in self defense.

    1. I think this is the true story here.

      Tony Boloney must have years of repressed anger from constant laughter at his name.

    1. You wrote:
      “He’ll be commended behind closed doors.”
      Not by the good guys. Or don’t you think there are any good guys in the force? If so, you should become a cop? Or do you think becoming a cop makes you a bad guy? But what about the ‘bad guys’ they’re supposed to be protecting us from? In fact, I’m totally confused now; what are you talking about??

  2. So the NYPD knows he’s been identified, they’ve seen the video, and they’ve taken action to protect him – I’m assuming it didn’t occur to them to open an investigation though.  They won’t start that bit unless the ruckus gets big enough.

    (Which it will.)  /I hope.

  3. While I generally abhor ad-hominem comments, this seems like a reasonable exception.  Anyone with the last name of Bologna should be automatically disqualified from being a police officer.  

  4. Two kinds of police out there.  Wonderful helpful civil servants who do amazing work under difficult circumstances, and dickheads who like to abuse their power.  Guys like this make being a cop a hundred times harder.  It would be better for the departments involved if this jerk was at very least suspended without pay until an investigation was completed.  When crap like this happens and the reaction is ‘no its cool’ then every good cop out on patrol suffers. 

    1. Having grown up with a stereotypical ‘bad’ cop stepfather, I concur with this. A good amount are really great guys though who care. A good amount are little dick failed jocks and power hungry losers who abuse their powers. Pretty much like everywhere else.

    2. You forgot the third kind – complex human beings with good days and bad days, noble desires and brutish desires. Otherwise, spot on.

    3. Unfortunately, “Wonderful helpful civil servants who do amazing work under difficult circumstances” seem more than happy to cover up for and support the “dickheads who like to abuse their power.” That is the big problem. Not that there’s a few bad apples. There’s a few bad apples everywhere, it’s just in most cases they get fired.

    4. You say there are two kinds of police. I say there are only corrupt police. The proof is that no cop is willing to bust this jerk for using excessive force on a citizen. If there were good cops out there, then one of them would arrest officer Balogna.

  5. While the tools of the state abuse the subjects of the state, the bankers who are the root cause of the protest look on, glad the state pays for the bullies protecting them. The discourse turns to the violence on the streets rather than the root causes and the status quo is maintained.

  6. Good for you sliced meat, just like delousing penned up prisoners. 

    Now THIS is what Anonymous and other experienced hackers should be doing. We now KNOW this guy. We need the same response towards white collar criminals too, many of who are silently set free,which probably wouldn’t happen if there was a great public outcry. Next million dollar corporate strip club party? Doxed!

  7. Knowing the badge number of an officer, and the basis of the arrest, is one of the few rights we do have. But not according to the NYPD?

    I hate to say it, but Go /b/tards!!!

  8. Of course, now that the NYPD spokesperson has told us all that his actions were “appropriate,” it raises the question of why this is considered appropriate. Is it appropriate behavior to anybody else besides the NYPD? Is it official policy? Come on, journalists.

    1. This is especially frustrating to me. I worked as a community service officer for a police department in Southern California and they were very clear on the use of pepper spray. Official policy states that it is to be used ONLY for self-defense and for no other reason. I can’t imagine that NYPD would train their officers any differently.

  9. How disappointing to google “DOX” and discover it’s short for “documents/documentation” instead of Denial Of Anonymity:=X

    Which would make a nice retronymification.

  10. His greatest punishment will be that this will be his legacy….  In his one moment in the limelight, he demonstrated a sleazy cowardly act and he was caught red handed…..   This is a hero….?  What a pathetic excuse for a human being…..  I pity that guy…..

  11. I had a problem with a New York cop once.  You think they give a crap about anything? 

    People want to feel safe in New York and a little playful brutality re-assures them that the cops can dish out it to bad guys when they need to.  But if people didn’t want to live safely in New York so badly, the cops would never get away with it.  As it is now, they’ll just tell you it’s the price to pay if you want to live in the power center of the largest empire in the world.  New Yorkers are like a bunch of battered spouses.  They should man up and assert themselves like those girls did.  They have more guts then any of us computer jockeys.

    1. It would seem to me that they ‘womaned up’. :)

       And yeah, they’re women. Not girls.

      Language, it is important.

  12. You know what’s cooler than doxing police officers who brutalize protesters?

    Having a protest movement which doesn’t just stand by idly while protesters are brutalized.  I mean, it’s great to complain after the fact, because what the cops did was really fucked up.  But you’d think if you were really that upset about it, you’d try to organize as least some basic self defense measures against the police.  Front line protesters with big banners or shields.  Resist being penned in, and break police lines if people do get penned in.  Stay in a close group, only ever expose the outer “shell” of the group to the police.

    These aren’t new ideas, they’ve been in use for decades.  But for some reason the wall street occupiers prefer youtube videos of their friends getting beaten and tortured.  In a police riot, there is no such thing as “nonviolence”.  Your only choice is between being a victim or being an adversary.

    1. the wall street occupiers prefer youtube videos of their friends getting beaten and tortured

      Yes, of course they do. How insightful.

    2. I believe you’re sadly mistaken. You see, any self defense that a protester shows will be cited as Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct, and will be used to prove that a mostly nonviolent protest is actually a Menace to Public Welfare, and must be crushed. Then you get the Department of Public Safety’s PR department playing on public fears, and before you can take your second breath to scream, the cops get granted carte blanche to do whatever they choose.

      Violence used against cops, even in the protection of others, legitimizes their response. The best way, the ONLY way to protest is to go out and get your head beaten in.

      Feel rage? Good. Go out and do something about it.

      1. Violence used against cops, even in the protection of others, legitimizes their response.

        In America, nothing has to happen to legitimize police violence.  Police violence is legitimate by default, and pretty much always accepted in retrospect as the right action.  This goes so far that getting attacked by the police itself is proof that protesters are being violent.

        When police brutalize protesters, it’s not a beatdown, it’s a “clash”.  It’s riot police trying to subdue an unruly crowd.  I have been in protests in America where certain protesters are singled out and dragged into secluded areas so riot cops could beat them more thoroughly.  I’ve seen pepper spray used against protesters after they’ve been cuffed, effectively just to torture them for fun.  I’ve gotten reports of rapes and sexual assaults by police against protesters being held in jail.  Again, this is not new, this stuff has happened at many protests.  None of it has gotten widespread attention.  The media does not pay attention, and when they do, the public is not outraged.  No amount of YouTube martyrdom will “wake people up”.

        We have seen this for years and years, throughout many movements.  Some of these movements were even more peaceful and broad based than #OccupyWallSt.  They all get attacked.  Unless we all go home, there is nothing we can do to avoid getting attacked.  All we can do is make sure that when the attack comes, we’re ready to protect each other.  And if y’all are willing to let your friends and allies be assaulted for the sake of your movement’s moral high ground or media image, don’t be surprised when folks don’t want to be your allies.

        1. If you’re gonna go stomp on cops, don’t do it where anyone can see you. You may not win Joe Q. Public’s favor by being beaten up, but you’ll sure as heck push him away if he sees you fighting back.

    3. you’d think if you were really that upset about it, you’d try to organize as least some basic self defense measures against the police. 

      And this has been effective against police violence where exactly?

      1. OK, there’s no preview function and I’m trying to use some HTML for clarity.  If it doesn’t work, the following will look like crap.  My apologies in advance, if needed.

        …(basic self-defense measures)…have “been effective against police violence where exactly?”

        Say what you like about him (and there’s a great deal of negative stuff that can be said about him), when Quanell X and his New Black Panther Party decide to protest in or around Houston and they expect trouble with the police, they employ the simple strategy of slinging a few shotguns and rifles on their backs.
        Under those circumstances, the police tend to be very polite.
        Excerpt from a story where the protesters showed up at the state GOP convention a few years ago:

        Quanell X’s group – comprising members of the New Black
        Panther Party, the National Black United Front and the New
        Black Muslim Movement – arrived wearing all black, except for
        Quanell X. Many carried shotguns, AK-47s and other rifles.
        It is legal in Texas to carry such firearms openly as long as
        the carrier is not a felon and does not aim the weapon at

        Full story here:  http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl/2000_3222302/state-gop-convention-tense-moment-as-protesters-cl.html

        1.  I have to also add that while a lot of local people think Quanell X is a bit of a kook, he has the respect of the police and the Harris County District Attorney. Quanell X has called on suspects to turn themselves in and aided the police in recapturing an escaped prisoner. Can’t say I agree with everything he’s done, especially the Cleavland thing, but some of what he’s done is cool.

          I don’t think Quanell’s gun toting style would go over well in NYC. Are there any activist groups there in New York that have similar good rapport with the cops that can be brought into the Wall Street protests? Surely there must be, NYC is huge.

      2. And this has been effective against police violence where exactly?

        Seems like I shouldn’t have to even point it out, but uh…Tahrir Square?  The Egyptians didn’t just stand around waiting to get pelted with rocks for great justice.  They didn’t calmly allow the authorities to haul them off to jail to be tortured.  They organized together to defend each other, and they actually did so in ways that are much more militant than even I would recommend.  True they didn’t go on a murderous rampage (which is good), but they also didn’t take any shit.  And that’s part of why they had staying power; people felt protected in the square.

        See also black bloc as a tactic, as well as the WOMBLES.

  13. (I know it’s immature, but I just HAVE too!)

    Our Bologna has a first name, It’s T.O.N and Y-
    Our Bologna has a second name, It’s sounds like B.O.L.O.N. and Y-

    Oh he loves to use his issued spray
    And if you ask why we’ll sayyy 

    Just like a cat he needs to spray
    Any caged Women not standing in his wayyy.

  14. Wait — there’s somebody protesting in NYC?  (Checks local news, to no avail)  So, what’s happening, again?

  15. I’m listening to RATM and wretching at what I’ve just seen here. My thoughts are with the victims of this violence.

    “The world is my expense

    The cost of my desire

    Jesus blessed me with it’s future

    And I protect it with fire

    So raise your fists

    And march around

    Don’t dare take what you need

    I’ll jail and bury those committed

    And smother the rest in greed

    Crawl with me into tomorrow

    Or I’ll drag you to your grave

    I’m deep inside your children

    They’ll betray you in my name

    Sleep now in the fire”

  16. Watching this I can’t help but wonder what kind of bizarre spectacle would unfold if another officer who was present grabbed the guy, cuffed him, and brought him in for assault.

  17. Ain’t much on vigilantism. His name would’ve been enough. The rest is a bad precedent and a bad practice. Dox-Bow Incident.

    1. Screw that. Publicise every single fact you can find on this asshole. Only after several more of these morons’ lives are ruined will heavy-handed law enforcement personnel realise that the game is up on their anonymity if they break the rules. It’s not just the cops who have access to information databases anymore.

      I seriously just want to see someone mace this cop. I would PAY for a video of that. Eye for an eye, as it were.

      (in reply to your second comment): I know where he lives, but it is far from where I live. It’s not my country that’s going to hell and cops tend not to mace innocent people here. I will do my part to change my corner of the world, but I will not fly to the USA and be molested at US airports to fix US problems. Doesn’t mean I don’t wanna see a bad guy get some of his own medicine, though.

  18. Exposing who this guy is is fantastic. Good work internet. Bad cop, he should be disciplined and arrested for criminal charges. I’m all for that.

    Publicizing the names of his family members, phone number, and address. That’s not good. Shame the cop. Arrest the cop. Make sure elected officials know that we’re not happy about what’s being done by the cops under their authority. Discipline the cop and throw his ass in jail. But implicitly encouraging people to harass his family? Not cool at all. They didn’t commit the crime, Officer Tony Baloney did. And if harassment of his family becomes an issue, that is a great way of throwing the public sympathy TO Officer Tony Baloney’s side.

    1. You’re very wrong here adamnvillani.  Professionally, this criminal is going to be commended behind closed doors and at worst get a several-months paid vacation in the form of a paid suspension.   And now the internets knows his name, which is, as you point out, a good thing.

      However, since he’ll receive no punishment professionally for his actions, perhaps he’ll receive personal punishment in the form of ostracization for being a thug in the state-sponsored gang who abuses his power and station.

      Maybe his mother’s neighbors will talk to her about it and she’ll write him out of his will.  Maybe his wife’s employers will read about this, realise who she is in relation to this scumbag, and fire her.  Hopefully his childrens’ teachers will look a bit closer at their work and grade just a bit more harshly because they know who the father is.

      Make the fker a pariah, and all his ilk.

      1. Are you seriously arguing that this person’s crimes should be retributed on their children, parents, spouses? Or are you just trolling to get a rise out of people? While I’d like to believe I live in the world benenglish describes below, I’m sure at least some people will take the more punitive actions you describe. “All his ilk”-ing people is the answer to the question “where do we get stereotypes?”

        1. Are you seriously arguing that this person’s crimes should be retributed on their children, parents, spouses? 

          If it’s good enough for Israel, it’s good enough for…well, I don’t know who it’s good for, but it’s not like this kind of thing doesn’t pass without comment elsewhere every day.

          1. The answer you’re looking for is “It’s not good for anyone”. His wife didn’t assault an innocent woman; and if anything we should feel bad for his kid(s), given his apparent temper and lack of empathy.

    2. …implicitly encouraging people to harass his family? Not cool at all.

      I tend to agree, at first blush.  Then, after thinking about it for a while, I’m kinda on the fence.

      One effective way to harass a business that’s destroying a neighborhood, after all else fails, used to be to go after their bank.  Back in the day (and I’m talking decades ago; these tactics are no longer possible) if all else had failed and you could identify where a bad corporate citizen was doing their banking, it was possible to harass the bank by, for example, having hordes of protesters trickle into the bank, open accounts, then close them the next day.  Once the bank found they were having problems serving their real customers, you could request a meeting and politely suggest that if they’d drop a certain customer then all these little problems would go away.

      Like I said, tactics like that worked a long time ago.  For a million reasons, nothing like that would work today.  Still, it establishes in my mind that putting pressure on entities close to the wrong-doer might, under some circumstances, be acceptable.

      Today, if everyone who sees a member of Tony’s family were to, as politely as possible, ask that family member “How does it make you feel now that the whole world has seen that your father/son/husband/whatever is a thug?  Does he ever harm you for no reason?  I hope not but if he does, please know that my prayers are with you, asking God to grant you the strength to deal with having such a bad man in your life.”

      Would that be undue harassment?

      Or would that be an effective way to communicate to police officers in general that being abusive under the color of law hurts the entire community, including the people they care about?

      I really don’t know the answer but I do know that I am beyond instantly condemning those who choose to lash out at the people close to bad cops.  My thinking is…evolving.

  19. Agreed – fantastic job, flesh-search-engine. I’m likin’ the 21st century more with each passing day.

    I’m divided about the personal details – family dox. Making his name public, by itself, would do little. Pressure on his family in the form of harrassing phone calls and prank pizzas? Sounds great – you act like a vicious a**hole in a position of power at work, and your family suffers. More of this might stem the tide of police abuse.

    Next up – politicians!

  20. I can’t support any outside action being taking against this fascist pig bastard of a cop.  But his superiors should take action and fire him and revoke his pension and he should be black balled by any & all Police Orgs nation wide.  If others break the law to punish him no higher ground will be gained. 

  21. To all those worrying about the implicit danger to his family because of this: it’s called just desserts. The cops are clearly not going to do anything to him. I will donate $100 to the most nominated charity if he faces serious punishment. This fuckhead got doxed because we already know the system would have sold us short on making him pay for his actions. Now other fat-assed donut monsters might reconsider overstepping their authority because it could be their family paying the price.

    Can the Wall St. protest organisers please arrange for a small contingent of activists (10-20) to be posted outside his house? This doxing, plus shouting at his kids and wife for a week or so should be punishment enough.

  22. In spite of the inevitable bad apples in any group, including police, the fact is these guys put their lives in danger for strangers, regularly or in say a year, more than every single holier than though leftist commentator on here, put together, in your entire lives! I mean, what kind of idiot malignes the entire profession because of one loser? What’s wrong with you people? 

    1. the fact is these guys put their lives in danger for strangers

      That’s the job they signed up for. They get benefits for doing the job that we don’t get as “leftist commentators” on BoingBoing.
      Cops do plenty of good and cops do plenty of bad. I tend to find it’s the more often senior cops who behave like humans (perhaps it’s because they’re not kissing ass to climb the ladder and have high job satisfaction because they are given respect?) while younger or lower ranking officers tend to behave like assholes on a power-trip. Whatever your take on cops is I don’t think you can deny that they tend to protect any cop accused of anything short of pedophilia. Protecting their own is systemic and I believe that was the idea underpinning frankie’s point.

      1. I still think there’s something inherently noble about putting one’s self in danger for another, and that this can translate into an exceptional human being, even as in the other extreme it can create knobs on power trips. So no, I don’t agree that it is a given that they will protect their own like some tribal savage type of thinking. Individual cops, with decent values, knowing they would never do what he did will be duty bound in their own conscience to condemn him. Sometimes TV really is worse than reality, and I think most cops are above average people because of what they do, not in spite of it. 

    2. One loser? One? Really? Japes, you need to do some reading. This sort of thing happens every day. Sometimes we even catch it on film. Unfortunately, many people get arrested just for trying to document police misconduct.
      Police don’t put their lives on the line for strangers. They do it for pay. Take away that paycheck and they wouldn’t continue being the hero you seem to think they are.
      Consider this, even when it is only one bad cop in a police precinct, every other cop there is a criminal simply because they do not enforce the law when it comes to their own. This is clear evidence that those who wear the badge believe they are above the law. These criminals justify their actions just as you do. They think that because they are putting their life on the line then they can bend the rules when it suits them.
      The fact is, if the law doesn’t apply to one person, then it doesn’t apply to anyone and there is no law. There is only fascist brutality.

      1. “There is only fascist brutality.”

        What you don’t seem to grasp is that there are and have been countless people, just like yourself and myself, who have big hearts and determined values to so the right thing, who have joined the force. I mean, you could join; and are you saying that if you joined you would not say something against this guy? I would. 

        1. I mean, you could join; and are you saying that if you joined you would not say something against this guy? I would.

          Then why is he still on the force given his history of these behaviors? But you spin a nice fantasy.

          1. I was saying *you* could join, and if *you* did, would *you* say something? If not, why not? Is it a lack of courage? Or do you believe they would hurt your family if you did? What is it? Also, if *you* would say something and none of them do, does this mean that you think you are better than most all police officers? 

          2. I was saying *you* could join, and if *you* did, would *you* say something?

            Yes, fantasy.  We both understand the concept; I’ve just put a word to it. 

            When every sentence in your comment ends with a question mark, it might be a hint that you’ve left the world of fact for a foray into the realm of idle and meaningless speculation.

          3. What are you talking about? I simply asked that if you joined the force, would you say something against this guy. If not, why not. Give me an answer, or go away and stop trying desperately to insult me, please. :) 

            (I do not believe you misunderstand what I’m asking.)

          4. I’m saying that you’re making up imaginary scenarios to prove your point because the real world doesn’t support your view of the police.

          5. Also, if *you* would say something and none of them do, does this mean that you think you are better than most all police officers?

            I would like to think I would, and it would not mean I thought I was better than anybody else. Quite the opposite, I would prefer to think that it was a basic duty to preserve the honor of the police force. It’s a pretty simple ethics test, really…almost a shibboleth.

          6. Well yes, than I think we agree. Yet I was also saying that if you would join and say something, (as we both believe or hope that we would) and at the same time we believe that most in the force right now are not saying something, then this means that you and I must think that we are better people than those currently serving in the force. If this is so, than it must be something wrong in the system. Like the culling of herd, kind of thing. That is, those who do say something are gotten rid of until all that’s left are creeps. I pray this is mostly, generally wrong; but admit it could be true in some stations/cultures and perhaps this is one of them. We’ll see.

          7. then this means that you and I must think that we are better people than those currently serving in the force

            Um, no. It doesn’t.

          8. Um, err, didn’t you read my note? How could you possibly take that out of context? 
            I basically said that since this is not likely (that we are better people than currently serving cops…) that there must be something wrong in the system. 

            It is one or the other, EH. There has to be a reason the whole group would allow injustice like this if they do. It is either that they’re all bad enough to allow it (which both of us have agreed we would not do) or that there is something amiss in the system to make it seem like this. And my thoughts were with the point of asking the question. What could it be? How could this happen? 

          9. Wow Japes, you should get into politics. You are a master at stating one position and then, after you are shown to be in the wrong, arguing that you have been agreeing with everyone all along and we have simply misunderstood you.
            Let’s see what you said again
            “I mean, what kind of idiot malignes the entire profession because of one loser? What’s wrong with you people?”
            You then went into some argument about how people with good hearts join and would do the right thing which quickly turned into asking what would *you* do and finally you turned that into some statement about how you are being taken out of context.
            So, I’ll clarify this for you.
            First, I could never join the police since my IQ is too high http://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/09/nyregion/metro-news-briefs-connecticut-judge-rules-that-police-can-bar-high-iq-scores.html
            Second, I would never join any organization which is so thoroughly and systemically corrupt.
            Finally, I don’t need malign the entire police profession. Their actions have done that.

          10. “Wow Japes, you should get into politics. ….”etc. 
            Wow donovan, you must have missed where I admitted I was likely wrong, initially, and that it is more likely more a systemic problem as you say. You must have missed that I was replying in most of these notes to others who were challenging me, and that this website isn’t very good in showing the progression of a convo clearly. Your stereotype of a politician or dishonest person doesn’t include admitting they were wrong. How could you not know that? So just relax with the insults, mr. ‘I’m literally too smart to be a cop.’  lol ;)

          11. donovan wrote:
            “First, I could never join the police since my IQ is too high…….
            …….Finally, I don’t need malign the entire police profession. Their actions have done that.”
            Well, in putting these two things together, I’m left wondering what your alternative solution for society would be? I mean, citizens obviously need some kind of protection against other citizens who are trying to hurt them unjustly. So since you are so above average in intelligence but don’t agree with policing because of those in it who have done wrong, what would you do if you were king? What kind of system would you replace it with? I’m honestly curious.

  23. Sorry Japes, but it’s not “one bad apple.”  If it were, the problem would be easy to solve.  Of course, there are many competent, professional cops who do their job well.  But to deny that the profession attracts bullies who like to use their position of power to harass and abuse people they think deserve their wrath is to deny reality.  You don’t see anything wrong with the department saying that the mace was used appropriately?  That’s not “one bad apple,” that’s an effed up system.

    1. Good point, know1., I didn’t realize that the department is saying the mace was used appropriately. They may have been having trouble getting people to move back from wherever they were, (for whatever reason I don’t know) but it didn’t look like a situation that needed mace to get this done, I agree. (bullhorn?) To spray that stinging stuff in a girl’s eyes like that is a pretty lowlife thing to do to say the least. It had better be justified to stop some greater pain from happening to someone else, but I don’t see that at all. 

      1. What are you talking about, didn’t you watch the video? You might want to rethink your “noble constable” comments after you see how many of this coward’s fellow officers simply watched him do it and walk away. Those are bad cops, too. Take all of their pensions and see how their families like living on a P.E. teacher’s salary.

  24. What you gotta do is get a huge number of people down on Wall Street. A hundred thousand people or more. I went to the NARAL “protest in white” rally in DC back in 1992. We assembled on The Mall and marched around the ellipse and back to The Mall on 16th street past the other side of the White House.

    It occurred to me that if we wanted to we could have climbed the fences and trashed the White House if we wanted to.

    When you outnumber the cops 200 to one they get a lot more chill.

    So yall New Yorkers, go get up on the cops 50 to 1.  A cop messes you up, mess him back. Overturn vehicles, set fires. They will not take you seriously until you show you can hurt them. And show that you can absorb the consequences of hurting them. 

  25. This is appalling, and STUPID.  What stands out to me here is a techno-generational gap.  What sane-minded person under the age of 40 would do that IN FULL VIEW of an array of cell phone cameras?  None, I hope.

    But…tip the age scales upward, and you get people who weren’t brought up in a world of ubiquitous crappy cell-phone videos.  Those people just WON’T have the sense of that internal panopticon.  They’re mostly too dang old.

  26. You have to get over the “bad apples” routine.

    The reason most people think police forces  exist and are trusted with the power they have is because they expect cops be held to a higher standard than your average joe schmoe. THat’s supposed to be why we are expected to trust them with guns, wiretaps, and other things the law restricts private citizens from having.

    If it was considered bad by the force or unacceptable, it wouldn’t happen, because the response of the police would be to make sure it is prevented.  I it was a bad apple, then he would be publicly reprimanded, there would be a speedy and transparent investigation and he would be punished. Do you see that happening? If not, then he is being institutionally SUPPORTED to do this.

    this guy is a lieutenant. He is known, in NY, for years, as being a vicious harasser and brutalizer of protesters. It hasn’t  hurt his career. The force’s first statement., publcly was to defend his use of pepper spray.

    … and all that is just if you believe that the role of the police is to keep the peace! If they really wanted to keep they peace, they wouldn’t allow themselves to do the stuff that’s being done, again and again. That escalates things.

    of course, if you think the role of the police, institutionally, is to instill fear in the public through arbitrary and vicious acts of violence and intimidation, so that people are generally to afraid to  make the rich too uncomfortable or inconvenience the powerful, that explains Tony Baloney’s actions, and the police institutional tolerance of them, much more simply.

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