Recently, the NYPD pledged to stop policing protests with machine guns. But the Port Authority has decided that tactical shotguns are still a must to keep peaceful demonstrators in line. Not only that, but Friday night, as protesters converged on Penn Station, armed only with banners and pictures as they recited the names of people who have been killed at the hands of the NYPD, one cop decided to pull a shotgun on them.
The protesters were non-violent throughout the demonstration, but the officer taunted them, saying “are you scared? Are you scared?” as he brandished the tactical shotgun, trying to intimidate them.
As the group of protesters spanned lanes of incoming traffic several Port Authority police had approached them, according to activist Patrick Waldo. He recounts “the officer with the gun was one of the first that I noticed. He actually had [finger]-on-the trigger, shotgun up in the air. We were all like, whoa whoa whoa, take it easy!”