Gothamist: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Demand Justice For Man Punched By Cop

VOCAL-NY members call on NYPD Deputy Inspector Johnny "Fists" Cardona to be fired.

By Trinna Leong | October 19, 2011

Last night’s big Occupy Wall Street incident was the arrest of feminist and activist Naomi Wolf outside a Soho event space. But the evening actually got started when protesters from Occupy Wall Street and VOCAL NY marched to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to demand investigation into the “unprovoked assault” on Felix Rivera-Pitre.

Roughly 100 people started off from Zuccotti Park, a relatively small number given the size of recent demonstrations. Vocal NY director Sean Barry emphasized, “This is the first time the D.A is targeted by Occupy Wall Street… We need to hold the police accountable” for the assault on Rivera-Pitre, a HIV-positive man who was punched by NYPD officer Johnny Cardona while marching downtown last week. Barry added, “Cardona should lose his badge and go to jail… There’s no evidence of Felix attacking the cop. The video clearly showed who got sucker punched.”

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