A NYPD cop arrested in connection with the violent biker brawl last month in Manhattan reportedly worked as an undercover officer and tried to infiltrate the Occupy movement and the activism community that supported Anonymous hacktivist Jeremy Hammond.
Officer Wojciech Braszczok, 32, was arrested this week for his alleged role in the Sept. 29 beating of a sport utility vehicle driver on the West Side of Manhattan. Video of the incident was captured live from the scene showing a parade of bikers assaulting the SUV driver after a minor fender bender between his truck and a motorcycle, and the subsequent media coverage has caused the video to go viral and catapulted the story to becoming one of the most discussed events in recent weeks.
The New York Times confirmed on Tuesday that Braszczok was arrested that evening and charged with rioting and criminal mischief, though more counts could be added in the future. As news reports circulate about his role within the NYPD, however, the officer has been accused by numerous sources as posing as an Occupy Wall Street activist during the course of the anti-capitalist movement that spawned a wave of peaceful protests around the world during the last two years.
According to prosecutors, Braszczok acted anything but peacefully when he allegedly attacked the SUV driver last month while the victim’s wife and 2-year-old daughter watched in horror. The Associated Press has since reported that they have received video evidence showing Braszczok punching and kicking the vehicle.
NBC reported that Braszczok originally came forward last week and admitted to being present at the Sept. 29 attack, but it’s not yet clear what capacity he was working at when he allegedly engaged himself in the assault.
On Wednesday, a law enforcement official told NBC News on condition of anonymity that Braszczok spent the last five years of his decade-long stint with the NYPD as an undercover officer, including a period of time working closely within the Occupy movement.
According to NBC’s source, Braszczok “attended meetings and essentially lived like a protester to provide information to the NYPD.”
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