12:36 PM PDT, October 7, 2011
NEW YORK (PIX11)
While tensions grow between NYPD officers and protestors behind the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, a new video surfaced Thursday that added fuel to the fire where one police officer boasts about how he couldn't wait to beat demonstrators with his service baton.
"My little nightstick's gonna get a workout tonight," a grinning officer says to fellow cop as the two monitor a police barricade in Lower Manhattan.
The officer, who wasn't immediately identified, appears to have no knowledge that he was being videotaped.
Since its posting, the video has received close to a quarter of a million views on YouTube where many are firing off angry comments targeting the NYPD.
"We cook your meals. We haul your trash. We connect your calls. We drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep. Do not f*** with us. Expect us." posted one furious commenter with the screen name "aktienu."
This while others urged supporters to learn from the video and not to act on impulse.
"Disgusting yes but we need to use right thinking, right speech and right views to make a change," wrote abird7820 in response to the YouTube video.
The video is just the latest clip making the rounds on the web that's putting the New York City Police Department in a harsh light.
Another clip which was posted on YouTube earlier this week, shows a police lieutenant violently swinging his baton with both hands, clubbing protestors despite their screams and pleas to stop.
According to officials, the officer was reacting to protestors who were attempting to push through a police barricade near Wall Street.
The Occupy Wall Street movement started out as a small group of demonstrators who first picketed outside the New York Stock Exchange nearly three weeks ago, but has since ballooned to thousands. After several powerful unions joined the group's movement this week, Occupy Wall Street has gained significant momentum.
The group, which is protesting against ongoing corporate greed and economic inequality, has set up shop at Zuccotti Park since Sept. 17.
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