On November 15th, 2011, the New York Police Department (NYPD) surrounded the original #OccupyWallStreet encampment in the heart of New York’s Financial District, arrested all who remained in the park, and threw the personal belongings of protesters and the community into NYC garbage trucks.
Before the raid, the NYPD cordoned-off Zuccotti Park and kept the media a few blocks away, out of sight of the eviction, a matter of widespread concern at the time:
• “Reporters Say Police Denied Access to Protest Site”“Reporters Say Police Denied Access to Protest Site”, Brian Stelter and Al Baker, New York Times Media Decoder blog, 15 November 2011
• Occupy Wall Street: NYPD attempt media blackout at Zuccotti Park”Occupy Wall Street: NYPD attempt media blackout at Zuccotti Park”, Dominic Rushe, The Guardian, 15 November 2011
• “The NYPD Didn’t Want You To See Occupy Wall Street Get Evicted”“The NYPD Didn’t Want You To See Occupy Wall Street Get Evicted”, The Gothamist, 15 November 2011
During the night’s events, members of the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) shot over 60 hours of handheld, monopod-based and CCTV video footage. Few independent media livestreamers and protesters were able to get footage during the November 15th raid and eviction, making the NYPD’s own video an important part of the historical record. A 16-minute compilation16-minute compilation was uploaded to YouTube on September 24th, 2012.
It seems the most likely source of the footage, released by Anonymous on September 23rd, 2012released by Anonymous on September 23rd, 2012, was a “discovery” process in one of the many court cases against the NYPD“discovery” process in one of the many court cases against the NYPD by Occupy Wall Street protesters.
From experience, this makes it likely that the footage the police surrendered to the court is incomplete. Some officer cameras may not be included, some video files may have been withheld or edited, and officers filming may have chosen on the scene not to film parts of the events.
This browsable 11GB release of TARU files includes video footage from 12 officer cameras and 2 CCTV cameras, arranged in 20 main directories named after the officer/CCTV and location. The directory tree contains 70 video files and 20 JPG image files, with the majority of video files are in *.mov format. The CCTV footage is offered in *.asx format.
GET INVOLVED! A documentation project to watch and categorize the footage, note officer badge numbers and significant events, is underway. Join the team on irc.voxanon.net in channel