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Police brutality at #OWS ends with woman taken to hospital

UPDATE: See this collection of tweets from Saturday night and Sunday morning — a telling of events from various people on the scene. Meanwhile, the NYC district attorney and the NYPD have subpoenaed Twitter yet again for account information related to #ows. 

Also, new videos of Saturday night/Sunday morning's events at Liberty Plaza:

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Today's #ows events ended in at least tens of arrests, and numerous reports from the scene of overwhelming police force. 

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The videos above apparently show police charging #ows activist Cecily McMillian. She left Liberty Plaza in an ambulance. Initial reports from the scene indicate that police broke her ribs; people on the scene reported via Twitter and livestream that she was convulsing in police custody before being loaded into the ambulance.

(Jeff Sharlet tweeted us tonight to say that he is here referring to an incident of police brutality against McMillian that occured last year, not March 17.)

Yet more disturbing were further reports that police denied McMillian access to the outside world while in the hospital early Sunday morning. She apparently was denied a phone call to her lawyer or doctor, as well as access to her friends who had followed her to the hospital.

What does the NYPD have against a free press and a free people? Why would it deny an injured person in their custody a phone call to her lawyer or doctor?

UPDATE: Another video shows police apparently smashing an #ows demonstrator into a glass door. Watch below; the violence occurs at about 3:50.


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