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Cop Punches HIV-Positive Wall Street Protester

Cop Punches HIV-Positive Wall Street Protester

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A police officer was caught on camera assaulting an HIV-positive protester involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement Friday.

Felix Rivera-Pitre told Gothamist that as he was walking past a group of police officers on William Street in Lower Manhattan, he "shot the cop a look." Next, the officer lunged at Rivera-Pitre and hit him on the left side of his face.

"It tore my earring out," he said in the report. "I remember seeing my earring on the ground next to me, and it was full of blood. I was dumbstruck. I'm HIV positive, and that cop should get tested."

Watch the scuffle below:

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.