Interview with Pepper Sprayed Protester Chelsea Elliott

Over the weekend, we ran into Chelsea Elliott, the Brooklyn resident who was one of several women that found themselves being fenced in by the NYPD and pepper sprayed during an Occupy Wall St protest march near Union Square on Saturday.

She says the police overreacted and needlessly escalated the situation. But that didn’t deter her from rejoining activists downtown several hours later. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne, not surprisingly, disputes the authenticity of the video thats been making the rounds online and claims the footage has been edited, naturally. UPDATE: Hacker group Anonymous has identified the pepper spraying officer.