$4.6 Million Donation to NYPD Smells Like a Payoff


Chase wall streetThe Occupy Wall Street movement took a lot of unnecessary heat from, well, The Heat this weekend. First, Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna maced women in an act of clear, unwarranted police brutality, and then there were mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge for absolutely no good reason. So, as if the NYPD didn't already look like total jerks, there's more disturbing news coming out about who's backing their movement to break up the peaceful Occupy Wall Street demonstration.

JPMorgan Chase -- one of the biggest banksters that Occupy Wall Street is standing up to -- made the largest donation in the history of the New York City Police Foundation to the NYPD's nonprofit organization ... just in the nick of time! They donated $4.6 million, supposedly to fund new laptops in patrol cars and security monitoring software. Seems pretty benign ... at first.

Clearly, CEO Jamie Dimon said he hopes the donation shows how much they value the NYPD's "hard work." I'm sure that's, uh, part of it. But it's more likely he appreciates how hard the NYPD worked to put demonstrators in their place. The bribe-like donation is so blatant, it's almost unbelievable!

Then again, it also illustrates to a tee what the Occupy Wall Street movement is about. This kind of shady corruption and government being in bed with greedy corporations is so outrageous, it's an insult to New Yorkers and the American people. Regardless of when the donation took place, I'd be hard-pressed to think of any other reason that JPMorgan would have given such a "generous" chunk of change other than to influence the city-run institution.

And you know, it's indicative of the very disease that pervades all levels of government. We can't even vote in politicians who haven't been bought in some way, shape, or form by these white-collar criminals anymore. That's why there has never been a better time for the "99 percent" to stand up and call for an end to corporate corruption. With hope, the OWS movement has only just begun.

What do you think about JPMorgan Chase making this donation to the NYPD?


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Brandt Hardin

The movement is gaining momentum in its THIRD week now and Occupations are popping up all over the country!  Stand up together and use your voice to give to those without through peace and solidarity.  Tax the rich and feed the poor- you are the 99%!  See my Occupy Wall Street painting and Anonymous homage on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/occupywallstreet.html where you can also see videos of the protests and police brutality as well as get other sources for coverage of the movement.  

jkm89 jkm89

Hmm...isn't that special.

dirti... dirtiekittie

i absolutely think it was a payoff. if i didn't think it was related to OWS, i could even see to link it to clearing their names with the last of their stimulus money. (c'mon, you 'member... they were throwing big lavish parties with our taxes... now you remember?)

the problem is, this will become just like every other reason OWS is even coming around... because there is always someone to be bought off, always someone who will take a buck and look the other way. wake up people!! that's OUR 'bucks' they're taking!!

nonmember avatar danny brown

This country needs another civil war! Keep pushing us down and we will bite back! Take back America

ThyGe... ThyGeekGoddess

Yes, Bloomberg just bought himself a shiny new NYPD, but he's a philanthropist, dontcha know!  But when I blew through my 5$ allowance on a weekend, Dad always scolded me..."Where's your allowance!?  What did you DO with your money!  What do you think this is, anyway?"  

So, NOW they're whining cuz Al Queada is a-comin'.  HA-HA...made ya look!

Or is he buying THEM now?  Next, he'll be raising the Black Panthers.  Oh wait...he's a philanthropist!  Riiiight.


It's a good thing he gave to much to medical research, cuz I'm about to be sick.  It's not like those big donations actually BUY any influence, right?  But seriously, something else about this old article bugs me.  A little help, if you please?

nonmember avatar Uck Famerica

America, you're gonna burn.

nonmember avatar dan

Is the New York Police Department for sale? JP Morgan Chase thinks so. This is exactly why these banking execs need to be taken down and put in prison where they belong. NYPD, you are all part of the 99%. Once they get what they want from you, they won't even look your way.

nonmember avatar Uncle_Milty

It is past time to get money out of politics. For far too long special interest and back door politics have put corporations ahead of people. How can our democracy work for the people when corporations decide who runs and who wins?
I just joined a campaign to get money out of our political system. Please join me by adding your name now: http://www.getmoneyout.com
We've talked about how harmful money is to our democracy - this is a meaningful way to do something about it. Thanks in advance!

nonmember avatar JayMagoo

It's only a little more subtle than what happened in Germany in the 1930s. When Adolph Hitler came to power in the early 1930s, the Nazi party had their own private army called "The Brownshirts." The Brownshirts came to all Nazi party rallies and maintained order, usually by beating up anyone who dared speak out against the Nazis. Soon the Brownshirts had overwhelmed all labor unions and opposition parties, and no one dared take to the streets when the Nazis were out. The Nazi party and the Brownshirts were supported by all the corporations and the big financiers at the time.
There is little difference between the corporations and banks of the Nazi era supporting the Brownshirts and JP Morgan giving a multi-million dollar donation to the New York Police Department, with the implied direction to suppress all demonstrations against the banks and corporations. In fact it's not as messy as supporting the Brownshirts of the Nazis, because the NYPD is already there and has eagerly demonstrated their antipathy against free speech and First Amendment rights.

LoriL... LoriLou75

This makes me very angry. Will the army be sold to the highest bidder next?

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