One of the first trials of an Occupy-related arrest does indeed show that the NYPD’s habit of arresting first, lying later doesn’t work out so well. Photographs and livestream video show that Alexander Arbuckle, an NYU student journalist, was not standing in the street and blocking traffic as he was charged. But Arbuckle’s visual evidence didn’t stop the NYPD officer from lying under oath.
Relevant footage from Tim Pool’s Livestream begins at about 31:50 and ends with arrests at 35:00.
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The NYPD isn’t alone in its heavy-handed suppression of the Occupy movement. Arbuckle was exonerated this week and multiple Occupy-related arrests have resulted in not guilty verdicts around the country. Though thousands have been arrested, when faced with a jury of their peers, many activists have been acquitted.
An Orlando, FL jury found an occupier not guilty of trespassing. In March, Mercer Lewis, 21, an Occupy Denver activist faced a trial by a jury of his peers. He was acquitted of the charge of “obstructing a street or passageway.” Multiple trials in Philly have resulted in not-guilty verdicts.
The “Chase 5” have, perhaps, the most poignant victory. In Seattle, five activists faced first degree criminal trespass charges for surrounding and shutting down a Chase Bank. Their defense team argued that because Chase Bank has the Seattle Police Department on its payroll, private and public property could not be determined. “The jury decided that our actions were justified,” said one of the acquitted after a unanimous verdict from the six-person jury found them not guilty in April.
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