NEW YORK — Hacker group Anonymous has taken credit for obtaining and leaking new footage of officers clearing Occupy protesters from Zuccotti Park last November, but NYPD officials question the claims.
A trailer posted to YouTube about the footage, which shows officers making arrests and deploying crowd control tactics, points out so-called aggressive treatment and is accompanied by a text intro claiming NYPD "kicked out the media" the night of the park eviction, Salon.com reported. The narrator claims the clips came from police cameras and says they were probably edited in an attempt to cover up "what really happened."
Gideon Oliver, President of the National Lawyers Guild-New York Chapter, told Gothamist it's unlikely the video was "leaked" because police turned over the video to defense attorneys "some time ago."
Other officials question the alleged coverup, saying scores of protesters recorded footage without confiscation.
"The west side of Zuccotti Park on Church Street was lined with television news personnel and satellite trucks, many of whom filmed events that night," Deputy Commissioner, Public Information Paul Browne wrote to Gothamist.
Browne also pointed out that at the beginning of the video, the person in view of the camera is not wearing a real NYPD uniform, as the patch and badges both seem inauthentic.