Bloomberg: Call for Occupy Probe is 'Ridiculous'

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is standing behind the NYPD's handling of protesters that once inhabited Zuccotti Park.

On Tuesday, Congressman Jerry Nadler wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to launch a probe into allegations that the NYPD used excessive force against Occupy protesters in Zuccotti past month.

Bloomberg said Nadler should spend time getting the city more federal funds rather than calling for an investigation.

"If he would spend more time getting us homeland security money, maybe he'd make the streets safer. If he could get us more federal monies maybe we could make our schools better and we wouldn't have some of the things people are protesting against," said Bloomberg.

Bloomberg said the NYPD's handling of the Occupy Wall Street protesters is not a federal issue. In November, NYPD cleared the park in the middle of the night.

The mayor insisted that while the protesters right to protest is protected by the first amendment, the right to set up a tent, the right to sleep in the part, the right to keep other people from coming into the part are not constitutionally protected.

Attorney General Holder has not indicated weather or not he will open an investigation.



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Brian from Indiana

This is about living under the dictatorship of the same political elite who forced slavery and racism upon us.

Currently, with media, political correctness, and education, these people (social conservative nuts) are no longer able to directly state their contempt of blacks, hispanics, asians and arabs like they were in colonial times, but make no mistake about it. Tracing the history of bigotry and hatred from then to now, you can see the path clear as day. Republicans today may convince you that their lineage is from the progressive populist republicans like Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt (who actually cared about THE PEOPLE when strengthening the economy and business), but bigotry and racism actually took root in the democratic party, initially the most evil bigoted socially conservative political organization in our country (wikipedia "southern democrat" and you will see). From there, they did everything in their power to stamp out women's rights, then civil rights, and when the democratic succumbed and became more progressive, eventually signing the civil rights act, they left en-masse to cross over to the republican party. The republican party WAS NOT a bad political organization before it was infiltrated by the southern democrats. But since then, it has become socially conservative, religiously extreme, and racist. A humane pro-business and pro-economy platform has been morphed into "lets take away your human rights and dignity so I can be a more successful capitalist". And the economic effects are the same as they were during slave-times.

Consider this statement: "slaves are there to do the work the rest of us southerners are too good for and it allows us white men to live as aristocracy". Doesn't this sound similar to "Chinese/Mexicans are there to do the work that us Americans don't want to do and it frees us Americans for more intellectual/globalized occupations"? Both of these are statements the social conservative loves and it hides what is really happening economically. The lowest caste working in sweatshops/slavery, and poor people in the US supposedly of a higher social status unable to participate economically because they're more expensive to employ and don't get hired... all while elites grow rich from doing nothing. Racist social conservatives are famous for hiding behind the constitution to justify their actions, and of glorifying the conditions of the poor, and saying "this is the NATURAL condition of society". But all in all these are just evil racist power-hungry politicians who want to take your life away for their own benefit.

Dec. 09 2011 12:19 AM
Irony Tag

Brandt, repeat after me...

"The Supreme Court has ruled that camping is not a first amendment right. Assaulting police and resisting arrest is NOT legal."

Dec. 08 2011 10:18 PM
Brandt Hardin

When will we start holding officers accountable for their brutality and excessive use of force? Evicting protesters is Unconstitutional and endangers the basic rights of EVERY last American. Is this the country we were raised in, were men and women are beaten, gassed, pepper-sprayed and arrested for their disapproval of the government? We have to be careful to protect our Constitutional Rights! Raise awareness and do your part with these free posters I designed for the movement on my artist’s blog at

Dec. 08 2011 08:18 PM

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