Occupy Wall Street officer Anthony Bologna ‘broke pepper-spray rules’

Internal NYPD review finds Bologna violated departmental standards on use of pepper spray, according to reports

guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 18 October 2011 23.36 BST

Anthony Bologna faces internal discipline of a loss of vacation time over the incident, which took place on September 24

A New York City police deputy inspector violated department guidelines when he used pepper spray on Occupy Wall Street protesters last month, a source with knowledge of the investigation has told the Associated Press.

The person had direct knowledge of the review but was not authorised to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

The video from the incident on 24 September shows deputy inspector Anthony Bologna blasting a cluster of women with pepper spray. Two of the women crumple on the sidewalk in pain, and one screams.

The person says an internal New York Police Department review found that Bologna violated department standards on pepper spray use.

He faces internal discipline of a loss of vacation time. He may choose to appeal the decision.

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