Occupiers Sue NYC Pepper-Spray Cop
Anthony Bologna accused of violating protesters' civil rights
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2012 1:14 AM CST
Updated Feb 14, 2012 2:00 AM CST
Bologna's hand, holding pepper spray, is visible at right.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Two of the women pepper-sprayed in the face by high-ranking NYPD officer Anthony Bologna last fall are taking him to court. The women say Bologna violated their civil rights, and they're seeking unspecified damages, Reuters reports. A YouTube video of the penned-in women being pepper-sprayed received more than 1.5 million hits and helped draw attention to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

One of the women says she is suing to let the NYPD know that Bologna was in the wrong. "I was attending a peaceful demonstration when I was met with what I feel was an undue amount of force," she tells the New York Daily News, adding that while she is usually supportive of the police, Bologna "allowed his emotions to get the best of him." The officer was docked 10 vacation days for violating pepper-spray guidelines.

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Feb 14, 2012 10:04 AM CST
I remember reading about a America when their people were free and had rights. But that was before little cocaine cowboy bush and the patriot act.
Feb 14, 2012 10:01 AM CST
There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword, the other is by debt. John Adams 1826
Feb 14, 2012 9:56 AM CST
The protesters should have beaten this prick up. Pigs are not above the law. Fight back America.