Protesters claim police brutality, but the media say otherwise.
Albert’s second incident was caught on the blurry videofeed of the livestream. In the video, two cops throw a man Albert says is him up against a closed news stand. Then the camera pulls away.
“There was a barricade there [that] we took down,” says Albert. “We started running. Sgt. Smith of Civil Affairs grabbed me by the neck, slammed me up against the news stand, and held me there for a good few seconds, taunting me.”
Albert alleges Smith choked him for approximately seven seconds. He isn’t sure if he’ll press charges.
Another man claims a cop pulled a knife on him. A Penn sophomore who asked to remain anonymous says, “A bike got swung in my face and I ended up getting a few cuts on the ridge of my nose.” He broke his glasses and suffered a “minor concussion.”
Jeff Rousset, 26, says he was trying to cross a street to film when “a white-shirt police officer ... grabbed me with both hands and shoved me back toward where the protesters were being penned in by police.”
“If the media makes that invisible, or doesn’t cover it, it’s like it didn’t happen,” says Rousset. “What came out in the coverage to me didn’t appear to be what was in the streets … police were beating people all night.”
Gwen Snyder, an active Occupier, says the legal team is compiling video evidence of brutality.
“We want our legal team to be able to review it,” says Snyder. “I know a lot of us witnessed really problematic and aggressive use of force.”
PPD spokesman Lt. Ray Evers says no one has filed a complaint yet. Internal Affairs has initiated its own investigation into the horse incident.
On top of local and national media, Occupy and citizen cameras, the PPD had four crews filming the entire evening.
“If you picked your nose, it would have been on video. If something happened, it would have been on YouTube that day or the very next day,” says Evers. “Show me the video.”