Fire Deputy Inspector Ed Winski and Call For an Independent Investigation of NYPD
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It is time to fire Deputy Inspector Ed Winski !
Deputy Inspector Edward J. Winski, on orders from NYPD Commissioner William Bratton and approval (either tacit or express) by Mayor Bill de Blasio, has returned to making questionable arrests of activists during peaceful demonstrations in New York City. In a Vine video of the #NMOS14 demonstration in New York City, Dep. Insp. Winski was present for what some activists believe to be a false arrest of a Black man. The excessive use of over-policing for peaceful demonstrations violates the spirit of the #NMOS14 demonstration, which were being held across the nation in rememberance of victims of police brutality. Dep. Insp. Winski has a long history of violating the First Amendment rights of activists.
Prior to the de Blasio administration taking over, Dep. Insp. Winksi on orders from City Hall -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg and approval (either tacit or express) by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn -- engaged in use of police force, misuse of authority, no professionalism, a lack of respect and courtesy, not to mention abridgment of the Constitutionally-protected Freedoms of Speech and Assembly, to thwart the lawful political activities of citizens. Note how police officers selectively pick activists from within a crowd and use force to make false arrests. One person also provides testimony that a legal observer is arrested by the NYPD :
In this video, some activists deliver first-hand witness accounts of Deputy Inspector Winski misusing his official authority for the sole purpose of interfering, thwarting, and destroying the rights of these activists. The intent of Deputy Inspector Winski can solely be to destroy any chance activists have to peacefully and lawfully assemble and express themselves.
According to the video's description on YouTube, the above video was filmed on September 15, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and it shows "some of the major events," which took place during livestreamer Luke Rudkowski's live broadcast at the "Occupy Wall Street #S15 action."
And no amount of independent monitoring, oversight, community regulation, not even the existence of the Civilian Complaint Review Board or Internal Affairs investigations, have been able to correct the abuse of authority when it is ordered by and/or is carried out with the tacit or express approval of the politicians, who give orders to NYPD. Fire Deputy Inspector Winski, and call for an independent commission to investigate these and other abusive practices by NYPD :
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