Last week marked the first anniversary of the day protesters took over Zuccotti Park in New York City and gave birth to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
In a couple of weeks, one Occupy protestor will give birth in the more traditional sense to a baby girl, actually. Chances are the expected newborn would never have been had Occupy not taken place, and had a New York cop not gotten a little heavy-handed with his trusty can of pepper spray.
At the one-week mark of the Occupy protests a year ago, the NYPD began to crack down on protestors using various means, most of which were captured on film by citizen journalists, whose handy cellphones recorded countless clashes between the peaceful protestors and tense authorities.
One of the first videos claiming police brutality [see below] featured Kaylee Dedrick and two other women surrounded by orange police netting. As the woman yell at the police, deputy inspector Anthony Bologna holds up his lachrymatory canister and sprays them in the face. Dedrick, on her knees, screams and cries.
What happens next is not on the video, but, as New York Times reporter Andy Newman points out, is a heartwarming tidbit that is buried in a news release about Dedrick’s suit against Bologna and the NYPD. Robert Grodt, a volunteer medic, took Dedrick, a teaching assistant with no priors, into a movie theater utility closet and treated her eyes and face.
Apparently, they hit it off!
Dedrick is the sixth protester to sue Bologna for brutality and, in Dedrick’s case, failure to provide medical assistance.
Attorneys for Dedrick said the couple wouldn’t be naming their daughter Pepper. I’m guessing all variants of Anthony and Bologna are also out of the question. Whatever her name, she’ll totally win any How My Parents Met contests.
[YouTube via Salon]
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