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I am a livestreamer for Occupy Wall Street and I want to make note of something. Whenever I’m livestreaming, and I stream police officers in riot gear, I am NOT streaming them for the sake of ridicule or insult.
During most marches it is pretty obvious that Occupiers just walk forward and 90% of us remain nonviolent, respectful, and responsible the entire time. If I film an arrest taking place, it’s because it is my duty as a streamer to do so. However, if I just stream a line of motorcycles, or a line of 10 police in riot gear, or 30 police officers standing around 30 protesters (when they are not interacting with the protesters besides following us), I am streaming them for one reason: A comment on a lack of efficient use of resources by the NYPD. By this I mean the commissioner, or the individual who decides where police officers are stationed, and how many are used.
Speaking from personal experience there is ABSOLUTELY no way in world that if there is a march of 20 people, half of whom are middle-aged citizens, there is a need for 20 police officers to walk next to us. I can understand stationing up to 10 officers. However, if there is no guarantee of a riot, and there never is, there is no reason to have so many officers. There are a good number of precincts all around the boroughs in New York. If need be the officers on duty can radio for back-up and a multitude of officers can EASILY arrive in seconds. Therefore there is a serious lack of judgement on the part of whomever it is deciding who is stationed, where they are stationed, and how many are stationed. Furthermore, this is a WASTE of tax dollars.
Having said this, please watch my livestream channel at www.ustream.tv/user/stopmotionsolo
My twitter handle is @stopmotionsolo follow me and whenever I am about to stream I will send out a tweet about it.
You can also watch www.globalrevolution.tv for the “official” studio feed of the protests, which splices several feeds together for different angles.