Tensions are beginning to mount after Day 8 of the #OccupyWallStreet movement in lower Manhattan led to 80 arrests and a highly active day on social media, where people on the ground posted videos of some of the arrests.
One of the arrests was that of protester Sam Quinn (who identifies himself in the following video, where here is tackled and arrested by a New York City Police officer).
The video, as suspected, has garnered traffic on YouTube, and several comments criticizing the police. One of those comments was actually from a person who claims to be the arresting officer. This is what user JackLarson9 wrote on Sunday morning around 6:40 am EST:
ATTENTION: My name is Officer Larson of the NYPD and I am the one you see in this video lawfully restraining that dissident, in response to his aggressive posturing.
If any of you have a problem with that, please send me a private message with your address, and I'll go down to your house, and drop-kick you in your dumb, beligerent mouths.
If you have made disparaging remarks about me or my fellow officers, please delete those now or we will use all the resources at our disposal to…
We did contact JackLarson9 via YouTube message to confirm if indeed he was the officer involved in the arrest. As of right now, we have not gotten links for spam and we have yet to hear from him but we did ask JackLarson9 what he meant from those comments. (Links to this profile take people to EBay pages.) Even if it were a fake account, it appears that social media is now the place for unfiltered and threatening debate, but also the place where spam, fake news, and bad links can contaminate an actual authentic movemetn. Right now, it is NOT confirmed that the officer who actually arrested Sam Quinn is indeed posting on YouTube.
In the meantime, another YouTube user offered this response to JackLarson9's comments. We kind of agree:
#1 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. ~Louis Brandeis