I’m sure it’s complicated and I don’t want to hand out any Bologna. Or anything. But my friend Ana dug this up:

JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD’s main data center.
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sent CEO and Chairman Jamie Dimon a note expressing “profound gratitude” for the company’s donation.
“These officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” Dimon said. “We’re incredibly proud to help them build this program and let them know how much we value their hard work.”

Source: Wikileaks? No. Deep Throat? No. The Washington Post? No. …

… JP Morgan itself??? YES.


Don’t Mace Me Bro!

But seriously, we know the bib Wall Street bank was not directly involved in the pepper spraying of the women or other police atrocities. Why? Because as far as we know the victims were not charged any fees.

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3 thoughts on “Why did the NYPD mace those women?

  1. I stumbled across this (sourced statement) on the Wikipedia page regarding the Occupy Wall St protests:

    The use of pepper spray is primarily limited to use against those resisting arrest or for protection, but is allowed to officers with special training for use in “disorder control”.

    Well there’s your problem! Unless public safety is becoming an imminent issue (which would count as “for protection”), then controlling disorder is not a sufficient reason to inflict this kind of pain on someone.

  2. You get what you pay for.

    I am going to be at Chase tower in Houston for the Occupy Houston Event this Thursday. Tallest building west of the Mississippi.

    I’m corresponding with a few people to set up a booth to take donations for the Houston 100 Club Scholarship Fund at the protest. The fund pays for children of HPD and HCSD officers killed or disabled in the line of duty to go to college.

    Local lore around here is that if you are a Houston 100 Club contributor and layer more than three annual membership stickers over each other on your car so that all the dates are visible, you’ll not ever get a ticket. I am in contact with an Occupy Houston leader who has contacts with the police unions so we can get the paperwork that lets the police know we are legit. The booth will probably go in Hermann Square rather than on Chase Bank property.

    Gotta get the police on our side. Yeah, If I could teleport to New York and back I’d would club Tony Baloney and pepper spray his dick. But as I lack these superpowers, I think I’ll work to improve relations with the police. It worked in Romania back in 1989.

  3. Gatineau police officer Pierre Francoi Blais assaults 73 year old woman and then kills her son.

    A Gatineau cop violated a man’s Charter rights when he shot and killed him in 2008, according to a litany of charges filed under Quebec’s Police Act.
    On June 29, 2011 — one day past the three-year anniversary of David Leclair’s death and just five days after the Leclair family launched a $430,000 civil suit against the officer and the city — the province’s police ethics commissioner slapped mall cop Pierre-Francois Blais with 10 charges.
    Though he remains on active duty, he was unreachable for comment Wednesday.
    “It’ll never bring David back, it never should have happened to begin with,” Leclair’s sister, Donna told the Sun Wednesday. She is still pressing for a public inquiry into her brother’s death.
    A 35-year-old single father who was well-known to police, Leclair was shot three times outside his mother’s Aylmer, Que. home after Blais responded to a domestic complaint involving Leclair’s ex.
    In February 2007, Leclair pleaded guilty and was handed an 11-month sentence for fraud.
    Separate fraud and assault charges from 2006 were stayed, and he was also due to appear in court later in 2008 on theft and fraud charges.
    On the day of Leclair’s death, Blais had followed him into his mother’s home, beat him with a club and pepper-sprayed him before shooting him three times outside, including once in the back. Blais said LeClair grabbed a crowbar in the confrontation but witnesses say he was unarmed.
    The officer also struck Leclair’s then 73-year-old mother, Dorothy, in the leg with his baton and, according to witnesses, threatened to shoot her and LeClair’s brother Robert if they intervened.
    “Personally, I would love him to have jail time, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen at this point,” Donna said.
    Blais, the son of chief justice of the Federal Court of Appeal Pierre Blais, was cleared in 2009 of any criminal wrongdoing after a provincial police investigation.
    The latest charges, which stem from a formal complaint filed to the police ethics commissioner, allege Blais acted carelessly and recklessly in his dealings with Leclair, used obscene or offensive language, displayed a lack of respect or courtesy, abused his authority, and violated Leclair’s Charter right to life, liberty and security of the person.
    Blais is also charged with using excessive force against Leclair’s mother, along with four other charges.
    “Will this bring us closure? I don’t know, but I hope it helps … Something is better than nothing right now,” Donna said. “We’ll see how it plays out.”
    No hearing date has been set yet.
    The charges against Pierre-Francois Blais:
    1. Acted carelessly and recklessly in his dealings with Leclair
    2. Using obscene or offensive language
    3. Displaying a lack of respect or courtesy
    4. Abusing his authority
    5. Violated Leclair’s Charter right to life, liberty and security of the person
    6. Using obscene or offensive language in his dealings with Dorothy Leclair
    7. Displaying a lack of respect or courtesy
    8. Excessive force
    9. Making threats
    10. Failing to prevent or contribute to preventing justice from taking its course
    Key dates in the aftermath of David Leclair’s death:
    • June 28, 2008 – David Leclair, 35, is shot three times outside his mother’s Aylmer, Que. home by Gatineau Const. Pierre-Francois Blais. Leclair dies in hospital.
    • June 29, 2008 – Investigation turned over to the Quebec provincial police.
    • June 30, 2008 – Questions arise why the officer wasn’t equipped with a stun gun.
    • September 2008 – Quebec provincial police finish their investigation and pass the file to the Crown.
    • February 2009 – Quebec Crown attorney decides against pursuing charges against Blais, saying the officer used “reasonable force” considering the circumstances.
    • April 2009 – Leclair family files a request for a public inquiry into David’s death with Quebec’s public security ministry.
    • June 23, 2011 – Leclair family launches a $430,000 civil suit against Pierre-Francois Blais and the city of Gatineau
    • June 29, 2011 – Quebec’s police ethics commissioner lays 10 charges against Const. Pierre-Francois Blais.
    What happened on June 28, 2008 (from the coroner’s report):
    • On June 25, 2008, at 4:20 a.m. David Leclair goes to female friend’s house, intoxicated, physically and verbally violent, makes death threats.
    • She doesn’t call cops right away but does three days later (10:25 a.m. June 28.) after he harasses her by phone.
    • Leclair is well known by police.
    • The officer calls Leclair’s mother’s house to say he will arrest Leclair, leaving a message, then goes to house after calling for backup.
    • Officer arrives, finds Leclair outside with a friend and informs him he’s under arrest.
    • Leclair doesn’t obey and goes back into the house, threatening the officer.
    • The officer asks Leclair in English and French to lie on the floor but Leclair becomes increasingly threatening, holding an object.
    • The officer hits Leclair on the arm with his baton, to no effect, then uses pepper spray.
    • Now outside, Leclair takes a metal bar and threatens the officer, who warns he’ll shoot.
    • Leclair becomes more aggressive and moves toward the cop.
    • The officer fears for his life and shoots three times.
    • An ambulance is called at 11:34 a.m.
    • Leclair arrives at the hospital at 12 p.m.
    • Leclair dies at 6:55 p.m.

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