Now this is disgusting! Occupooper germ warfare again

by 1389 on March 22, 2012

in "Occupy" movement, 1389 (blog admin), crime, Now this is disgusting!, NYC, U.S. law

Footage shows OWS protesters dumping fecal matter, urine around NYC

By Will Rahn – The Daily Caller

Video footage obtained by The Daily Caller shows Occupy Wall Street protesters dumping large amounts of human urine and fecal matter around Lower Manhattan on the night of March 14.

A surveillance camera caught several people, who have been identified as members of the Occupy movement by the New York Police Department, pouring a large bucket of waste down a flight of stairs at the corner of Nassau and Cedar Streets. Around 20 minutes later, one man entered a Chase ATM vestibule on Water Street and dumped another large container of the repulsive mix.

Police believe a 25-year-old Philadelphia man transported the group and their special delivery in his white van. A witness provided the NYPD with the van’s license plate number, and the suspect was apprehended two days later on Wall Street.

The man, who had an illegal stun gun in the vehicle, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Unlawful Possession of Noxious Matter.

Arrested for the stun gun, not for the poop!

Look at the way the perp was charged. Assuming that the reporter got the facts right, N.Y. PEN. LAW § 270.05 : NY Code – Section 270.05: Unlawfully possessing or selling noxious material pertains to such things as pepper spray, stun guns, and other defensive weapons that are illegal in New York. (It’s bad enough that the gun laws in New York are so restrictive, but pepper spray?)

My first thought was that the “noxious material” was the human waste. But no, the law makes no mention of urine or feces, and I can’t imagine that mere possession of a container of human waste could be illegal, even in a vehicle. Otherwise, it would be against the law to have a chemical toilet in an RV! It’s what you DO with the human waste (e.g., spilling it where it doesn’t belong) that could be a problem.

Apparently, the “noxious material” in violation of the law was not the poop, but the stun gun!

The real issue here is that the perp was not charged with any offense having to do with dumping waste or damaging property.

Is it legal to dump poop in Manhattan? Suppose a different Occupier were to dump another container of human waste on somebody else’s property. (Not much of a stretch, I’ll admit.) Suppose he had a proper driver’s license, and no weapons or contraband on his person or in his vehicle. Would he have been arrested, and on what grounds?

This Occupoop-dumper should have been charged with vandalism, unlawful dumping, and violation of whatever other laws prohibit spilling a large amount of human waste in that jurisdiction. (I’m not a lawyer or a cop, so I can’t cite chapter and verse on each applicable law, but it isn’t rocket science.)

Why are the authorities dancing around the problem? Suppose they began enforcing the laws regarding vandalism, littering, fly-dumping, public nuisances, sanitation hazards, and so forth, against this one Occupoop-dumper, when up to now, they have not been arresting other Occupiers for the same offenses. The citizens and taxpayers of New York would ask why the authorities haven’t imposed penalties on the other members of the lawless Occupy mobs who have befouled the cityscape at will. That could be politically awkward.

As if all that were not enough…

New York Post reports that:

Police are seeking at least two Occupy Wall Street demonstrators suspected of dumping buckets full of urine and feces outside JP Morgan Chase and inside an ATM vestibule.

Jordan Brooks Amos, 25, of Philadelphia, was arrested on March 16 after he was caught on a surveillance camera dumping what police believe to be the protesters’ own waste, a source said. He is charged with unlawful possession of noxious matter, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and possession of a weapon—a stun gun found inside his car.

In the tape, Amos and at least two accomplices are seen carrying a large bucket full of urine and feces and disposing of it down a staircase near the corner of Nassau and Cedar streets, just outside JP Morgan Chase.

About 20 minutes later, one of the men walks into a Chase bank vestibule at 155 Water St. and dumps the waste right by an ATM machine.

Amos was in charge of bringing food for protesters at 60 Wall St. and his white van was caught crossing the Brooklyn Bridge several times, a source said. [emphasis added]

Police used surveillance images from the bridge and matched it with footage from the dumpings in the Financial District.

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The article does not speculate about what offenses the accomplices might be charged with, if arrested. But one would think that hauling open containers of poop in a vehicle also used to transport food just might be a problem.

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1 Grumpa Droid March 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm

The breezy tone of the piece (in my opinion) minimizes an important point: manure can be (and of is) a disease transmission vector. While today the “accidental” transmission is uncommon in hygiene-conscious places such as the US ― this b/c most of the “really bad” illnesses have been eradicated (polio’s a good example) we don’t think of raw sewage as anything more than simply unpleasant. Wjen people raise concern over raw sewage, people generally make light of these concerns, leaving everyone the impression that those concerned are milquetoasts.

Growing up on a farm in the mid-1920s (I was born 1916) – before mechanical assistance for *everything* was common – I’ve stood knee deep (and sometimes deeper) in animal dung while mucking out the pig pens, cow barns, chicken coops… what-have-you, and I’ve even shoveled the farm houses’ septic tank ― after Dad installed a “watercloset”, before that we dug “midden pits” for outhouses.

No, the “yuck! That’s disgusting!” doesn’t register with me. I do remember the various epidemics from improper assignment of human waste, though.

2 1389 March 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

@Grumpa Droid,

Health and sanitation issues figured among the reasons why the authorities in many cities finally got around to shutting down the Occupy encampments last winter. The longer it went on, the more likelihood there would have been for a serious epidemic.

See: Epidemics In #Occupy Will NOT Stay In #Occupy

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