Joey Boots once again had a confrontation with police over his video camera.
And once again, he refused to back down.
But unlike the last time he had a run-in with a cop in a train station, he wasn’t cited.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority officer ended up walking away after apparently being told by her superior that Boots had every right to record her.
The incident took place earlier today at Grand Central Station during another Occupy Wall Street protest.
The officer is named Pagan, according to Boots.
Like most cops who make an issue about not wanting to be video recorded, she image will be broadcast more widely now than if she had just ignored Boots.
But cops don’t always have the highest IQs.
The Occupy Wall Street protests have continued into the new year, despite them being evicted from Zuccotti Park last year.
Today, they gathered in a flash mob at Grand Central Station to protest against the National Defense Authorization Act, the bill that Obama signed on Saturday that would allow the indefinite military detention of citizens suspected of terrorism, which could easily mean people who photograph cops or buildings.
Obama said that he didn’t agree with everything in the bill, which means he is just another spineless politician.
More than 200 protesters gathered at the station, but only three were arrested, according to the New York Daily News.
However, earlier in the day, New York City police officers raided the Occupy Wall Street studio where activists were maintaining a live feed of the protests being held throughout the day, including marches through the city.
At least six activists were arrested in the Brooklyn studio that police had declared “imminently perilous to life” on Monday, their reasoning being that an overhead sprinkler was damaged.
The clashes between police and journalists have been largely ignored by The New York Times until Monday, when it decided to address the issue.
An Associated Press photograph shows this uniformed fellow grinding a meat-hook fist into the larynx of Mr. Devereaux, who is about 5 feet 5 inches. A video, easily found online, shows an officer blocking a photographer for The New York Times at the World Financial Center, jumping to put his face in front of the camera as demonstrators are arrested in the background.
And three nights ago, at a New Year’s Eve demonstration at Zuccotti Park, a captain began pushing Colin Moynihan, a reporter covering the protest for The Times. After the reporter asked the captain to stop, another officer threatened to yank away his police press pass. “That’s a boss; you do what a boss tells you,” the officer said, adding a little later, “You got that credential you’re wearing from us, and we can take it away from you.”
Reporting and policing can be high-adrenaline jobs. . But the decade-long trajectory in New York is toward expanded police power. Officers routinely infiltrate groups engaged in lawful dissent, spy on churches and mosques, and often toss demonstrators and reporters around with impunity.
When this is challenged, the police commissioner and the mayor often shrug it off and fight court orders. The mayor even argued that to let the press watch the police retake Zuccotti Park would be to violate the privacy of protesters. “It wouldn’t be fair,” he said.