The Albany Times Union is reporting on Occupy Wall Street protester Kaylee Dedrick, and her attempt at a money grab via lawsuit against the NYPD.
Turns out she’s also a teacher’s assistant in the area:
A teacher’s assistant from North Greenbush who was pepper sprayed in last year’s Occupy Wall Street protests filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday against New York City and several police officers, her attorney said.
Kaylee Dedrick, 25, alleges that she was peacefully protesting when Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna pepper sprayed her in the face from a distance of less than two feet temporarily blinding her and leaving her screaming in pain.
As is typical with the OWS protesters, Dedrick portrays herself as a harmless bystander who did not warrant the treatment she received. But this simply isn’t the case.
Dedrick, who I might remind you is a teacher’s assistant in the North Greenbush school system, was drawing the ire of police prior to the pepper spray incident, when she decided to protest topless on the streets of New York City (video below the fold).
The Times Union report also tries to provide a positive light for Dedrick and the new found love which sprang from the incident.
Dedrick began a relationship with the civilian medic who treated her and the couple is expecting the birth of a daughter in two weeks, Kuby said.
Of course, a quick Google search shows that the relationship between Dedrick and Robert Grodt is nothing but a sham.
Nudist video below the fold…
Oh did we mention, Dedrick is a teacher’s assistant?
Isn’t that what Occupy Wall Street is all about, a free ride?
While most average American’s would refer to this as ‘theft of services’, the Occupy slugs and their union counterparts staged a ‘subway fare strike’ in New York City this morning.
From the Occupy Wall Street website (emphasis mine):
This morning before rush hour, teams of activists, many from Occupy Wall Street, in conjunction with rank and file workers from the Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the Amalgamated Transit Union, opened up more than 20 stations across the city for free entry. As of 10:30 AM, the majority remain open. No property was damaged. Teams have chained open service gates and taped up turnstiles in a coordinated response to escalating service cuts, fare hikes, racist policing, assaults on transit workers’ working conditions and livelihoods — and the profiteering of the super-rich by way of a system they’ve rigged in their favor.
For the last several years, riders of public transit have been under attack. The cost of our Metrocards has been increasing, while train and bus service has been steadily reduced. Budget cuts have precipitated station closings and staff/safety reductions. Police routinely single out young black and Latino men for searches at the turnstile. Layoffs and attrition means cutting staff levels to the bare minimum, reducing services for seniors and disabled riders. At the same time, MTA workers have been laid off and have had their benefits drastically reduced. Contract negotiations are completely stalled.
The image above is of a semi-realistic looking sign that commuters saw in subway stations this morning. Gothamist has a rough transcript of the text on the bottom half which allegedly reads:
“The MTA is determined to make the highest profit off your commute. We apologize for the recent service cuts and fare hikes but they were necessary […] our friends on Wall Street. Enter this station for free through the service entrance. Be prepared for expanded free service until the resolution of contract negotiations in favor of TWU Local 100.”
So union workers are threatening the MTA to bow to their demands, or they and OWS will continue letting people ride for free? Isn’t that like a store worker asking a manager for a raise, and letting customers take items for free until the manager agrees?
New York Daily News reports the union’s support of OWS:
Transport Workers Union Local 100 is in contract negotiations with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which maintains its $16 billion budget has no extra dough for even cost-of-living increases.
Local 100 has come out in support of the OWS message that the working and middle classes have suffered because of the financial industry’s excesses and fraud.
A majority of Occupy fans on Facebook are loving the thievery with one saying, “I love it!!!! Rob the rich and feed the poor lol robin hood style.”
But at least one Occupier saw the stunt for what it is:
A real “fare strike” would be people walking to their destinations, not stealing rides. Yes, it is theft of services, and it’s exactly the kind of thing that feeds the anti-OWS lunatics — strikes me as a bad idea.
The real question is, what purpose would Occupiers have in a free subway ride? They’re not exactly heading out to their place of employment.
When that movement of ‘mostly peaceful’ protesters at Occupy aren’t busy demanding Syria-like violent protests, or celebrating books written by the Weather Underground, or supporting cop-killers in general, it seems they’re using their spare time to make death threats via the Twitter.
Police are investigating an apparent Occupy Wall St. protester’s online threat to kill cops.
Someone with the Twitter handle “smackema1” tweeted this message at 11:39 p.m. Saturday, following a clash at Zuccotti Park.: “we wont make a difference if we dont kill a cop or 2.”
The tweet was directed to a page on Ustream showing live footage of the protests.
The writer was had tweeted several comments about the protests Saturday night.
The NYPD is seeking a subpoena to find out who’s behind the Twitter account, according to Paul Browne, the department’s top spokesman.
Occupiers had tried to stay in Zuccoti Park on St. Patrick’s Day in an attempt to reclaim the area after their eviction back in November.
In addition to the Twitter threat, two police officers and their families received phone threats, and during the melee itself a protester elbowed a cop repeatedly in the face, while another separate activist was charged with assault. Not to mention another individual who was charged with attempted robbery and sexual abuse when he apparently tried to capitalize on the chaos in a way that only an Occupier can. In all, 73 people were arrested.
The Other McCain laments the difficult task being assigned to the NYPD:
St. Patrick’s Day, like New Year’s Eve, is one of those occasions when I carefully avoid alcohol because I refuse to drink with amateurs. But for many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day is a festive occasion celebrated with drunken revelry. Now imagine you’re a New York cop, looking forward to a Saturday night of green beer with your buddies, and you find out instead you’ve been assigned weekend overtime duty because a bunch of Commie freaks have decided to have a protest:
He adds, rather humorously:
That’s the way to do it, NYPD! Give ‘em a sweet taste of the nightstick!
But doesn’t NYPD have tasers? Jack ‘em up with some high voltage!
Billy clubs, tasers, pepper spray, whatever it takes to keep Marxist scum off the streets of New York, do it. These whiny deadbeats are a menace to public safety — scabies! tuberculosis! rape! — and if they refuse to disperse peacefully, they have thereby declared war on the law-abiding citizens of New York, whom the NYPD are sworn to protect and serve.
Wealth redistribution at it’s finest. Forgive me father, for you are the 1%…
Via the Associated Press:
It was only a few nights after the Occupy protesters began sleeping in his church sanctuary when Pastor Bob Brashear realized that his laptop was missing.
The refugees from Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park had found their way to his cavernous Presbyterian church on a cold winter evening, hoping to stay for a few nights, maybe longer. It was the latest stopover for the nomadic group, which has been living in a rotating series of churches since Mayor Michael Bloomberg shut down their camp in November.
“There was a sense of shock and sadness that it had happened,” said Brashear…
This is what the Occupy encampment has become: A band of homeless protesters with no place to go. Amid accusations of drug use and sporadic theft, they’ve been sleeping on church pews for weeks, consuming at least $20,000 of the funds that Occupy Wall Street still has in its coffers. Their existence is being hotly debated at Occupy meetings: Are these people truly “Occupiers” who deserve free food and a roof over their heads?
I’m assuming the last half of that question was rhetorical.