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Woman on park bench

You there: sit up, in the name of the law! -The NYPD

Here’s Whiskey Shivers performing “Jealous Heart” from their album Rampa Heart. This group is playing a free show tonight in Austin at the Scoot Inn (supposedly our city’s oldest continuously operating bar) at the end of the Thursday Night social bike ride — so if you’re local and want to hear them, hurry on over around the time this post gets published.

Gothamist reports on video evidence that with fewer Occupy Wall Street protestors to bother, police in New York City’s historic Union Square have resorted to harassing people for bad posture:

Solomon Seagal, a Brooklyn resident who videotaped this interaction, tells us the officers were patrolling the park ordering multiple people to sit upright. ‘Then they ordered this man [in the video] to simply leave the park,’ Seagal tells us. ‘One person checked the park’s rules and found there was nothing they were doing wrong, so it was clearly the police harassing them for no reason. It is ridiculous how much the NYPD think they can get away with.’

Meanwhile, members of “Bloomberg’s Army” are regularly seen violating local law by smoking in public parks.


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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and