Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pallywood Comes to Occupy Wall Street NYC

Images of National Lawyers Guild legal observer, Ari Douglas, being run over by a New York City policeman on a scooter were splashed across the Internet late Friday morning. The Gothamist reported, "We're still trying to determine how badly he was injured, but one witness speculated that he broke his leg." For the rest of the day, the leg was broken based on this one speculation. Hours later, Gothamist updates the post to include, "some doubt has been cast on earlier reports that he was seriously injured."

Photo: A protester is pinned down by an NYPD scooter during an Occupy Wall Street march Friday. Joe Marino for News

Here's the video OWS claims to show Douglas' leg being run over:


Pretty damning stuff of police brutality, if this is all there is. Zainab Akbar, another legal observer for the lawyers guild verifies the video images, "He was observing the protest and he was run over by a police motorcycle. His leg was stuck under the bike, and he kicked his leg to get the bike off his leg, and then the police attacked him and shoved him into the ground and put a night stick against the back of his neck." Douglas was arrested and taken to Bellvue Hospital for treatment of his injuries that Paul Browne, NYPD spokesman explained were scratches to the observers face suffered when he resisted arrest and "he faked everything else."

There's another video view that shows a different story that has many other people saying an Oscar is coming Douglas' way for his great soccer style Pallywood pratfall.

OWS_PoliceScooter from The Local East Village on Vimeo.

Joe Marino, Daily News photographer, witnessed the event and his statement backs the police. "The bike definitely hit him," Marino said adding that the scooter cop did not roll over Douglas' leg. Marino continued, "I saw him sticking his legs under the bike to make it appear he was run over."

Two stories each backed by video evidence, but which is true? Or, are both videos portraying the truth? From the Vimeo video we can see these images:

The first screen capture at 23 secs shows both of Ari Douglas' feet next to the scooter's front wheel.

The second capture also at 23 secs shows Douglas' feet next to the front wheel and parallel to the scooter and policeman with neither foot under the bike.

The third at 25 secs shows the front scooter wheel has moved passed Douglas' feet.

In photo four, 26 secs, we can see Douglas on his right side completely clear of the scooter with the officers leg extended, left foot off the foot rest.
Also at 26 secs, the fifth shot shows Douglas drawing his right foot up toward the officers leg which is planted on the pavement. At this point, Douglas is completely free of the scooter's rear tire. The red arrow points to area that Douoglas' right leg finally ends up behind the officer's leg. See Marino's photo at the top of this post that shows the individuals' legs cross positions relative to one another.

The last shot, from the You Tube video at 17 secs, shows Douglas' right leg apparently with the scooter's rear wheel on his right leg. How did it get there?

As the previous images show, Douglas was parallel to the bike and completely free of any bike entanglement. In the end he is 90 degrees to the bike with the rear wheel apparently on top of his right leg. My own interpretation accords with the statement of Daily News photographer, Joe Marino, when he says that Douglas deliberately stuck his leg under the scooter so that it would appear he was run over in an act of police brutality. However, the crucial moment and the images that could dispel all doubt is obscured by the all the media image hounds blocking the view.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

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