The actions of the NYPD in policing the Occupy Wall Street protests have again been called into question, after journalist John Farley claimed he was arrested when he tried to talk to female protesters who had been maced.
In a Metro Focus post titled Observations of a jailed journalist, Farley recounts how he was arrested while trying to conduct the interview, despite wearing a ‘WNET – New York Public Media’ badge.
He acknowledges that it can be hard for police to know who is a genuine accredited journalist and who isn’t, but his account of events clearly indicates some troubling ‘one size fits all’ tactics being used in and around the protest site.
Farley also recounts the tale of another person who was arrested, reportedly just for filming events. Protesters have been careful to document their experiences as much as possible, uploading loads of videos and blog posts in an attempt to show how they are being treated.