The NYPD officer who pepper-sprayed female protesters this past weekend in Union Square and laughed about it afterward is a career officer who has relished his promotions. One must wonder if he also laughed as Wall Street bankers and investors brought the economy to its knees.
The NYPD officer who pepper-sprayed female protesters this past weekend in Union Square has been publicly identified, as claimed in a Pastebin posting by Anonymous—Deputy Inspector Anthony V. Bologna of the NYPD Patrol Borough Manhattan South. A man who always wanted to be a police officer and who seems to relish being promoted.
Anonymous posted, “As we watched your officers kettle innocent women, we observed you barberically pepper spray wildly into the group of kettled women. We were shocked and disgusted by your behavior. You know who the innocent women were, now they will have the chance to know who you are. Before you commit atrocities against innocent people, think twice.”
The Anonymous posters also included Bologna’s phone number, his past and present precinct details and also information relating to his past and present residences as well as family members. This last detail, however, is of some concern—his children, wife, cousins, etc., were not involved in his despicable actions and they didn’t deserve to be included in Bologna’s dox.
The Occupy Wall Street protesters were not exactly pleased with the action, with one of the protesters Chelsea Elliot stating it was “disgusting” and she didn’t “want him to be hurt or his children.”
Bologna was doxed (having one’s personal information published on the internet) by Anonymous because of photos taken by a photographer, who watched as Bologna allegedly approached the protesters, unleashed the pepper spray, then turned and walked away as though he were trying to pretend he’d done nothing at all.
The photographer writes on his blog, “[Bologna] was the pepper spray officer. I see him and one other person walk up to the female victim and then an arm reach out with pepper spray.”
But the photographer was keen to note that other police officers were stunned by Bologna’s actions.
“I don’t want to think that all of the NYPD is like this because I also met some very fine members of our cities police force on Saturday. Officers who cared about people and the protesters. I looked around at the police officers who were holding the net around us right after the pepper spray was discharged and they were flabbergasted. Three policemen were in the line of fire and almost got hit. Many of them stared down with sad eyes, not able to let go off the orange barrier to help a human being. They had to do their job but I know concern was in their minds.”
And while the pepper-spray incident was deplorable, it might just serve to galvanize support behind the Occupy Wall Street protests. Occupy Boston protesters, for instance, are calling the 1st Boston General Assembly at Boston Common Gazebo on Tuesday night at 7:30pm.
Watch the video of the pepper-spray incident below with related photographs.