Anonymous Leaks NYPD Footage Of Occupy's Eviction From Zuccotti Park

Anonymous has claimed to have leaked hours worth of video footage of the NYPD's 2011 raid on Zuccotti Park, filmed by 14 different cameras by the NYPD.

Anonymous has claimed to have leaked hours worth of video footage of the NYPD's 2011 raid on Zuccotti Park, filmed by 14 different cameras by the NYPD.

After requesting a comment, The Gothamist has received a response from NYPD Deputy Commissioner, Public Information Paul Browne who had this to say about the "leak":

Deputy Commissioner, Public Information Paul Browne returned our request to comment: " 'Purports' is the operative word," Browne writes, in reference to our inquiry of the footage that Anonymous purports to have taken from the NYPD. "Contrary to the narrator's account, there were scores of protesters who took video with no attempts by the police to confiscate it."

"Further, the west side of Zuccotti Park on Church Street was lined with television news personnel and satellite trucks, many of whom filmed events that night," Browne adds, omitting the fact that a press pen for the media was erected out of sight of the park, and that most members of the media weren't permitted to observe the raid.

Browne says that the "officer" at the outset of Anonymous' video is not wearing an authentic NYPD uniform, as its patches are out of place and the badge is "clearly bogus." To Browne, the voice of a man stating he is a detective is a sign that the footage was likely turned over in discovery, and is part of the court record: "It was not 'leaked' by the police, but possibly by someone suing us, and not much of a leak since it's park of the court record."

So this release is a leak, but not likely from a detective. There is a lot of video footage, and possibly never seen by the general public before now. This is going to take me some time, but if I come across anything significant, you'll all be the first to know.

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