Actress Ellen Barkin - born and raised in New York - tweeted early Sunday morning about a disturbing encounter she witnessed between the NYPD, and a young girl she tried to help as she was being arrested. The video above shows Barkin, confronted by an NYPD officer who physically moves her back on to the sidewalk, and then walks away from her as she questions his actions.
"I was trying 2 make my way 2 young girl they had thrown in2 the van.She was not a protester.Was not drunk.She was walking home," she wrote.
Later in the day, she had this to say about the actions of the NYPD, "I have never been afraid of a NY policeman until last nite.What I saw was random & senseless arrests and unnecessarily threatening behavior."
Barkin is an outspoken progressive and advocate of the Occupy Wall Street movement.