(Image source: Kirby Desmarais)


BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

Crime has spiked in areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy but now the NYPD is recognizing an unlikely helper in the battle against bad guys.

Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement quickly mobilized to help Sandy’s victims however they could — using an already-organized network as a force of volunteers.

That presence is now being credited with — of all things — helping stop crime in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood.

A New York Post report notes a surprising alliance of cops and activists” that “pulverized crime and saved lives” following Superstorm Sandy. A police source told the Post, “We all rose to the occasion.”

Though police sources are talking off-the-record, a writer for Slate calls this story of cooperation, “noteworthy.”

“ … given it was only a little more than a year ago that the two sides were clashing—often quite violently—in and around New York City.”

Does this mean the two groups will live happily ever after? The Atlantic Wire’s Adam Clark Estes says we’ll see. Occupy plans to take over Times Square on Thursday to support the right to organize.

Occupy and Cops Teamed Up Against Post-Sandy Crime?

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Dec 6, 2012

Occupy and Cops Teamed Up Against Post-Sandy Crime?

(Image source: Kirby Desmarais)


BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

Crime has spiked in areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy but now the NYPD is recognizing an unlikely helper in the battle against bad guys.

Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement quickly mobilized to help Sandy’s victims however they could — using an already-organized network as a force of volunteers.

That presence is now being credited with — of all things — helping stop crime in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood.

A New York Post report notes a surprising alliance of cops and activists” that “pulverized crime and saved lives” following Superstorm Sandy. A police source told the Post, “We all rose to the occasion.”

Though police sources are talking off-the-record, a writer for Slate calls this story of cooperation, “noteworthy.”

“ … given it was only a little more than a year ago that the two sides were clashing—often quite violently—in and around New York City.”

Does this mean the two groups will live happily ever after? The Atlantic Wire’s Adam Clark Estes says we’ll see. Occupy plans to take over Times Square on Thursday to support the right to organize.

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