Wall Street Lawyer Arrested For Talking To Occupy Wall Street Protesters Sues …

(Stephen Kass/Newsweek)

A 74-year-old environmental lawyer filed a federal lawsuit against the city for his wrongful arrest while conversing with Occupy Wall Street protesters last year.

The suit alleges that Stephen Kass, a partner at Carter Ledyard Milburn LLP, paused on his way to the subway to talk with protesters assembling behind a police barricade for the second anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests last September. His interaction with the protesters was brief—he stopped only to ask about a sign that read “Tax the Rich,” and described the conversation as “pleasant and non-confrontational.”

An officer asked him to move along, but Kass responded that he had a right to pause to chat with the protester, and was not blocking the sidewalk or obstructing police activities in any way. Nevertheless, two cops cuffed Kass, searched him, and brought him to a precinct station house, where he was given a summons for disorderly conduct. His case was dismissed on January 8th after the arresting officers neglected to show up at court.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a police department official said Kass was “issued a summons in lieu of arrest” after he was asked to move “at which time he became irate and stated, ‘No, I am not moving.’” Andrew Celli, whose firm is representing Kass, called that assertion “absurd.”

“He was handcuffed, detained for over 90 minutes, transported to the precinct, and required to appear in court several times. It was an arrest and a prosecution. If their lawyers argued in court that it wasn’t, they would be sanctioned,” he said. “Seriously.”

Regarding his arrest, Kass told Newsweek that he didn’t find his actions “the slightest bit unusual.”

“I thought I was being a reasonable, responsible citizen,” he said. “I was actually trying to find out what it was they were advocating.”

Celli said one of the goals of the lawsuit is to educate officers about protesters’ rights, in addition to the rights of those who might choose to interact with them.

“Unfortunately, cases like this arise with depressing regularity,” he told Newsweek. “It seems that in New York, sometimes police don’t understand that sidewalks and public spaces are for more than transportation, but are places where people engage. When they don’t understand that, people get arrested, and that’s what happened to Stephen Kass.”’

Occupy Wall Street/Ferguson Thug Arrested for Beating Jewish Man at Anti …


Not too surprising. No Hate Crime here. Just Leftist Anti-Semitism. And we’re never supposed to talk about that.

Leonard Petlakh, the 42-year-old executive director of the Kings Bay Y, was attacked by a pro-Palestinian protester as he left a Nets basketball game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 7.

Several pro-Palestinian groups picketed the game against Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv because it was a fundraiser for the Israel Defense Forces.

Petlakh said that as he left the arena with his sons, aged 10 and 14, his way was blocked by protesters yelling “Free Palestine” and “Your people are murderers.”

At that point, one of the protesters — allegedly Shawn Shraeder  — punched him, resulting in a broken nose and a cut above the eye, requiring eight stitches.

Shawn Schraeder, 25, was taken into custody in St. Louis, Missouri on Thursday. He was brought back to Brooklyn, where he is now awaiting arraignment. He is not being charged with a hate crime as police do not believe bias was a motive, ABC reported.

Shawn Schrader is an activist with Occupy Wall Street who goes by a number of different names including Shawn Carrié. Shawn had cashed in during the OWS heday by claiming to have been the victim of police brutality.

The city will pay out an $82,500 settlement to an Occupy Wall Street activist who claims police beat him up and arrested him three times – the last instance booking him on a years-old public urination warrant for someone else, the Daily News has learned.

Shawn Schrader, 24, said the beatdowns left him with a bleeding ear, a hurt thumb and nightmares about cops.

“I settled my lawsuit because the police lawyers made it clear they would fight me tooth and nail on every claim,” Schrader told The News. All charges against Schrader stemming from the three arrests were dropped.

Poor baby. His Twitter account shows that Schader/Carrie had recently headed to Ferguson to participate in the ugliness there. In an attempt to make money off OWS, he tried to describe Tweeting about OWS as his “full-time job”. (He raised zero dollars.)

His Facebook account is filled with deranged rants about America and Israel.

Carrie/Schader is a fairly typical activist parasite with a New School background. There are lots of rants about “white people” and poses next to graffiti while wearing a Keffiyah. Typical portrait of a bourgeois as revolutionary stuff.

The disturbing thing is how such fake revolutionary poses can mask the privilege of leftist activists and serve as a license for racism.

Shawn Schraeder/Shawn Carrie serves as another reminder that privileged leftist activists like him are allowed to act out their hatred and are then shielded from its consequences.

Carrie/Schader chose to attack Jews as part of a group yelling about “You people” and he will get off with a slap on the wrist and without being charged with a hate crime. After milking the system on “police brutality” charges, he went on to engage in a vicious assault on a Jewish man. And the same left that fundraised for him before will do it again.

That’s the reality of things in De Blasio Time.


Russell Brand occupies Wall Street: ‘I’m dedicated and devoted to change’ – video

Actor and comedian Russell Brand meets Occupy Wall Street protesters on Tuesday at Zuccotti Park, in New York City’s financial district, where the movement began three years ago. Brand is in the city promoting his new book
Revolution. Led by the celebrity, activists and curious people marched to Wall Street. An admitted ‘show off’, Brand said the profit from his book is going to be spent ‘creating social enterprises that are not for profit and represent people’

John Lydon on Russell Brand: ‘idiotic’ – video

Russell Brand joins the Occupy Wall Street protests

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Outspoken comedy king Russell Brand has joined hundreds of protesters on their Occupy Wall Street March. The former husband of pop princess Katy Perry is currently in New York to plug his new book, ‘Revolution’ but, it seems he is not content with just writing about a revolution, he wants to see one happen on the streets.

After giving a reading at Zuccotti Park he marched with the people to the famous financial district of the Big Apple.

Once he arrived he took to the steps of Federal Hall to speak out to the crowd. But he was soon asked to move on by a security guard.

Bad boy Brand didn’t resist though, hugging the guard who was being booed by the crowd. Proving he really is a champion of the little people and non-violent protest.

Russell Brand joins protestors marching on Wall Street (Photo)

The Occupy Wall Street movement is receiving some heavy-hitting celebrity assistance today in the form of Russell Brand.

Okay, maybe I’m being a tad sarcastic with that “heavy-hitting” thing.

This afternoon, the lightweight Brand joined a group of protestors making their way through the streets of New York. I’m assuming Brand knows why he’s there, and didn’t begin drunkenly marching along with all these daft people because what the f–k?

It would be totally hilarious if Brand was just drunk.

“Hey where’s everybody going? Did another plane hit a building? I don’t see any smoke. Crikey I think I just soiled me trousers. GET ME OUT OF HERE, I THINK I HEAR ANOTHER PLANE COMING!!!”

And then he runs face-first into a brick wall. HAAAA! That Russell Brand, what a card.

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After jail in another case, Occupy Wall Street activist is acquitted of …



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    NEW YORK — After being convicted of assaulting a police officer, an Occupy Wall Street protester who became a rallying point for activists was cleared Friday of charges stemming from another confrontation with police.

    Cecily McMillan was acquitted of obstructing government administration, after her second trial this year.

    It came three months after her release from jail in her earlier case, which stemmed from an encounter with police at an Occupy gathering and made the 26-year-old graduate student a celebrated figure among protesters and sympathizers.

    In the latest case, prosecutors said McMillan interfered with officers who’d stopped two accused fare-beaters in a Manhattan subway station in December 2013.

    McMillan claimed to be a lawyer, urged the two not to cooperate with police, hectored the officers and got in the way while shooting video when the officers took the two to a transit police station, according to police and prosecutors. Her conduct showed “utter contempt for the police and the important job they do,” prosecutors said in court papers this spring.

    But whatever it showed wasn’t a crime, said her lawyer, Martin Stolar.

    “Being annoying and obnoxious to the police is not illegal,” he said by phone Friday.

    The Manhattan district attorney’s office had no immediate comment.

    The arrest came as McMillan was awaiting trial in her first case. In that case, she was accused of elbowing an officer in the eye as he ushered her and other Occupy activists out of a park where they were marking the movement’s six-month birthday on March 17, 2012.

    She said she reacted instinctively after her breast was grabbed from behind, which the officer denied doing. She said police then roughed her up while arresting her as she suffered what she has described as a seizure.

    The trial took on a tone of demonstration in itself, with dozens of McMillan supporters lining the courtroom audience; some shouted “Shame!” when she was convicted. Director Spike Jonze, Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon and some City Council members wrote letters asking for leniency for her, and members of the once-jailed Russian punk group Pussy Riot visited her in jail on Rikers Island.

    She was released in July, after serving about 60 days, and went on to write a Cosmopolitan magazine piece about her time behind bars. She plans to advocate for inmates.

    “I walked into Rikers Island as part of one movement and left as part of another,” she wrote.

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    Three Years Ago this Month the Occupy Wall Street Movement Burst Upon San …

    By Frank Gormlie / OB Rag

    Start of March, Oct 7 2011

    Oct. 7, 2011. Author is in lower right front of photo in white shirt. Photo Credit T.Collins Logan

    It was October 7th, in the year 2011, that the Occupy Wall Street movement hit San Diego.

    In a huge outpouring of demonstrators, up to 4,000 San Diegans marched through the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego – mainly protesting for social and economic justice, against the state of the economy and the role of banks and Wall Street responsible for the financial downturn. Occupy San Diego was born in a giant – for San Diego – protest in solidarity with the rest of the country and particularly those in New York City – where the Occupy movement began.

    After the march ended up at City Hall – where speeches were given in the Civic Plaza, the protesters moved back to the original site, Children’s Park, for their first night of encampment. In terms of progressive political expressions, this was the largest demonstration in the City for many years – and there hasn’t been anything like it since.

    Later the next day, October 8th, Occupy San Diego returned to the Civic Plaza – which they renamed “Freedom Plaza” and made an encampment that would last for days and weeks. A hundred tents were counted at one point, along with a kitchen, first aid, media tents, and sign-making, a couple of libraries,the encampment was a bright spot in San Diego’s political history.

    Finally, under intense police pressure – now known to have been directed from Washington DC – as well as its own internal contradictions, Occupy San Diego fell apart – along with most movements across the nation – by or near the end of that year, 2011.

    There are remnants, and here in San Diego, the most on-going and spirited spin-off is WomenOccupy, a mainly singing group. An anniversary celebration of sorts happened on Oct. 7th at the Civic Center at 7pm. The event was also in solidarity with the demonstrations going on in Hong Kong.

    Even though it did fade, the Occupy Wall Street movement changed the nation’s discussion – for the first time, the expressions “the 99%”, “the 1%” entered our lexicon, and the discussion focused on the role of banks and the role of Wall Street like never before – or since.

    Here is part of my report of the Urban Village created by Occupy San Diego – from Oct. 11, 2011:

    With all that had been put up during the occupation, something new and wonderfully addicting was being born. We were creating the beginnings of a new society right here in the shadow of City Hall, right here in the windy, cold corridors of San Diego power.

    As you walk among the nearly 90 tents set up in the Plaza, and observe what the occupiers are actually doing, you can sense that a small town, a small village, has been created right in the bowels of our large city, right in the heart of its civic government. A village born in the middle of a city.

    I looked around. People were in a food line, a constant figment of the occupation. The Food Tent was one of the first to be installed, and multiple tables were covered with boxes of food stuffs – lots of bread and rolls . Washing tubs stood nearby, along with bins for recyclables and trash. Stacked behind the tables were cases of water bottles and boxes of donated foods. Campers had been asked to bring their own plates, containers and utensils and most had.

    Twenty yards away was the medical tent, and it even had a cot inside. A sign hung outside that announced: “The People’s Clinic”. The Medical Committee appears to be very well organized and that there was always some volunteer hanging out in its tent waiting to be of service.

    From there, if you took a 90 degree turn to the west, you might run into the Voter Registration booth and tent, prominently set up so anyone walking by would see it.

    People were in their tents, talking, reading, eating – you know, the things that people do when they’re home. Small groups sat in circles, sharing food, stories and laughter. A few children were visible. Here and there, someone fingered their guitars. And you cannot escape seeing the overall amazing diversity of the encampment. All colors and varieties of human folk.

    Mingling with the humans were a number of very friendly dogs – all on leashes. I didn’t see any cats, however. I did pass the “Comfort” tent, where bins of donated clothing and blankets were being collected and displayed for the taking. Out of nowhere, two old friends appeared and strung up a Bulletin Board for the village. A hammock had been thrown up, hooked on sign poles, and someone had added a cardboard sign on the City pole with all the different destinations around the world that simply said “Occupy San Diego”.

    I walked some distance and around the corner was the Library, with a large display of books and reading material. Everyone had been asked initially to bring a book to share, and the occupiers and their supporters had certainly responded. There were also stacks of DVD’s to view, magazines, and other literature for perusal. No library cards needed here – the check out policy is very liberal.

    Up against one of the walls of the Quad was a string of tables under a tarp labeled “Media”. A live-stream camera was constantly on and a half dozen people sat behind their laptops.

    Legal observers and Safety Committee people mingle about. Tonight it was quiet.




    Occupy Wall Street protester on trial for pretending to be a lawyer

    The Occupy Wall Street protester who bawled over the dress her non-fashion-savvy lawyer had her wear in court found herself before another judge on Tuesday after allegedly pretending to be a lawyer.

    Cecily McMillan, 26, is charged with misdemeanor obstruction of governmental administration for allegedly interfering with cops trying to ticket two fare-beaters in Union Square on Dec. 7, 2013.

    “She was yelling at the couple, ‘Do not listen to them! Do not cooperate with the police! I’m a lawyer and I know the law,’ ” prosecutor Leah Saxtein told the jury.

    McMillan, 26 — who cried over the forced fashion faux pas after her May conviction for elbowing a cop in the eye in 2012 — was dressed demurely in a gray dress and black loafers on Tuesday.

    She served nearly two months on Rikers Island for the assault.

    The new charges could land her in jail for as much as a year.

    McMillan says the cops didn’t show their badges when they asked the couple to see their IDs, her attorney, Martin Stolar, said.