Yet another Occupy Wall Street arrest tossed after video shows cops lied about everything
How hard is it for cops to just observe the facts and arrest people on the merits? Do they need to beat the fuck out of protesters and then file charges against the citizens for bruising their knuckles?
Premo, an activist and community organizer who has in recent months been a central figure in the efforts of Occupy Sandy, was one of many hundred people who took part in a demonstration in Lower Manhattan on December 17 of 2011, when some protesters broke into a vacant lot in Duarte Square in an attempt to start a new occupation.
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After watching the video, the jury deliberated for several hours before returning a verdict of not guilty on all counts.
This isn't the first time someone arrested during an Occupy Wall Street march has gone free after video evidence undercut prosecutors storyline and sworn police testimony. Photography student Alexander Arbuckle was acquitted in May after a livestreamer's footage showed police weren't telling the truth about his arrest.
Speaking after yesterday's verdict, Maurus said the case highlighted the significance of having the press, livestreamers and professional video journalists, present during demonstrations.