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New York Police Are Redirecting ‘Drunks’ And ‘Aggressive’ People To Occupy Protest

Police across the country have been violently cracking down on the Occupy protesters, leading to the serious head injury of Iraq veteran Scott Olsen. As Salon Justin Elliot notes today, New York City police are trying a different tactic to “undermine the credibility of Occupy Wall Street.” A New York Daily News report notes that police officers are telling “drunks” and “aggressive” people found in other parks to “take it to Zuccotti.” When “asked to intervene with troublemakers inside the park,” at least three cops repeated, “He’s got a right to express himself, you’ve got a right to express yourself.” They used “nearly identical language,” even when asked to address “a clearly disturbed man screaming and singing wildly at 3 a.m. for the second straight night.”