FAUX BANKSY MURAL DEPICTS UNDERCOVER COP WHO SPIED ON OCCUPY WALL STREET BEATING SUV DRIVER AT SITE OF BIKER ASSAULT
What: Last night, a stencil depicting the assault of SUV driver Alexian Lien by the undercover cop who spied on Occupy Wall Street was installed by activists with Right of Way on a scaffold above the West 178 Street site of the assault.
New York, NY: Right of Way, the group that brought you the 6th Avenue Bike Lane Extension and 8 Under 8, has struck again. This time they have borrowed Banksy’s stenciling style and call-in audio guides to highlight the NYPD’s active role in traffic violence. They call this work #Cranksy.
The work is on the beige scaffold visible in the well-known video of the assault on Alexian Lien. The central figure in the image is Banksy’s “Protester,” except that the iconic bouquet of flowers has been replaced by the motorcycle helmet used by an NYPD undercover to smash one of the car windows. The biker gang has been replaced with scooter cops, who are notorious for harassing peaceful Critical Mass bike rides. And the officers look on with smirks on their faces.
A picture of the stencil posted on Twitter last night has been retweeted to more than 500,000 followers.
“We have modified Banksy’s ‘Protester’ to show that the stereotypical violent protester is often an undercover cop,” said Keegan Stephan, organizer with Right of Way. “And we have expanded that message to show that the NYPD facilitates many types of violence. Here, we are highlighting their participation in traffic violence. Off-duty cops are driving drunk and killing New Yorkers; undercover cops are riding with motorcycle gangs that speed, ride recklessly, and worse; and on-duty cops almost always declare deadly drivers faultless and instead blame their victims.”
“We need a wholesale shift in the NYPD’s attitude toward violence,”Stephan said.