“Excuse me, Officer. We would like our dildoes back. We let you play with them overnight, but it’s morning now and we want them back.”
While you’re at it, we’d like our backpacks back . . . and our sleeping bags, blankets, clothes, food, books, medical supplies, tarps, etc., etc., etc..
Yes, the NYPD came by on 03 December and stole all the property of three Occupiers — Dominique (Occupy New Haven), Felix (Occupy Wall Street) and myself), and arrested a fourth, “Chilligan” (Occupy Wall Street).
“Chilligan” was asked by an officer if any of the confiscated property was his, and when he went to point out a piece of paper that was his . . . well, handcuffs got slapped on him immediately. Despite his protests that none of the confiscated property, except the one piece of paper, was his, and despite the fact that Dominique, Felix and I arrived in time to declare our ownership of the property in the process of confiscation, the NYPD decided that all the property should be owned by “Chilligan”. By doing that without telling us until our second visit to the 1st Precinct trying to recover the property, the NYPD effectively stole all the property.
How, you ask?
Dominique, Felix and I tried to recover the property immediately. We were told to come back in the morning because the Property Officer was not on duty that night. So we dutifully came back in the morning, when we were held waiting for over an hour while the property was exited out of the building
“Oh, you know, they took it all across town just a couple of minutes ago. Too bad, eh?”
But then came the kicker — “But you couldn’t have claimed it anyway because it says here on the property inventory that it all belongs to “Chilligan”.”
Y’see . . . the NYPD can’t do anything legal to us, so they have to resort to confiscating our property under a bogus motor vehicle violation (see below), and then preventing us from retrieving our property. Since nobody has oversight on the NYPD they get to do whatever they want with impunity. Oh, they’ll say there’s a Civilian Complaint Review Board . . . hah! Corrupt bastards watching over corrupt bastards . . . where’s the justice? No justice so no peace, fuck the police.
We know the NYPD, Securitas and Downtown Alliance think they have split Occupy Trinity Wall Street, and now control Occupy Trinity Wall Street because they have befriended one of us — but you forgot that we have no leaders. You may have turned one of us, but the rest have minds of their own. Free minds. Whatever deal she makes with you has no weight with us. Sorry, Lollipop Cop — no deal. Return our dildoes. We know you have them. Stop resisting!
16-122. Vehicles and other movable property.
a. Legislative intent.
The need for this legislation is indicated by the ever increasing number of abandoned cars in the city of New York. The purpose of this section is to punish those persons who abandon and/or remove component parts of motor vehicles in public streets. It is not the intent to prohibit or preclude any person in lawful possession of a vehicle from making lawful repairs or removing any component part for the purpose of making such lawful repairs to a motor vehicle on a public street.
b. It shall be unlawful for any person, such person's agent or employee to leave, or to suffer or permit to be left, any box, barrel, baleof merchandise or other movable property whether or not owned by such person, upon any marginal or public street or any public place, or to erect or cause to be erected thereon any shed, building or other obstruction.
c. It shall be unlawful for any person, such person's agent or employee to leave, or suffer or permit to be left, any motor vehicle, not otherwise lawfully parked, whether or not owned by such person, in any marginal or public street, or any public place. The owner or driver of a disabled vehicle shall be allowed a reasonable time, not exceeding three hours, in which to remove said vehicle.
d. Any person convicted of a violation of the provisions of subdivision b or c of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred fifty dollars, imprisonment for not more than ten days, or both.
e. It shall be unlawful for any person, such person's agent or employee, to abandon, or to suffer or permit to be abandoned any motor vehicle, whether or not owned by such person, in any marginal or public street, or any public place.
f. It shall be unlawful for any person to dismantle, or to remove any component part of any motor vehicle in any marginal or public street or any public area.
g. Any person convicted of a violation of the provisions of subdivision e or f of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars, or imprisonment for not more than one year.
h. Any person violating the provisions of subdivision b or c of this section shall be liable and responsible for a civil penalty of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars.
i. In the instance where the notice of violation, appearance ticket or summons is issued for breach of the provisions of this section and sets forth thereon civil penalties only, such process shall be returnable to the environmental control board, which shall have the power to impose the civil penalties hereinabove provided in subdivision h of this section.
j. In the event that a violator fails to answer such notice of violation, appearance ticket or summons within the time provided therefor by the rules and regulations of the environmental control board, he or she shall become liable for additional penalties. The additional penalties shall not exceed fifty dollars for each violation.