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NY police use Tasers, pepper spray on Occupy Wall Street protesters

Police carry away an Occupy Wall Street protester in New York on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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In New York, videos and photos show police attacking Occupy Wall Street protesters -- in some cases with mace and Tasers -- and apparently unprovoked by the protesters.

"Video posted by the group Occupy Wall Street from the eighth day of protests against corporations show police using Tasers and mace to control the crowd, which the group says has only made it more committed to keep up the demonstrations in lower Manhattan for the long haul," ABC News’ Olivia Katrandjian reports.

Police arrested 80 people Saturday, charging them with disorderly conduct and obstructing vehicular and pedestrian traffic. No arrests have been made today, police say.

A police spokeswoman tells ABC News she can't confirm the use of mace, Tasers or netting against protesters.

"Among the video clips on the Occupy Wall Street website is one that shows a police officer macing a group of young women penned in by orange netting," Katrandjian reports. "Another video has circulated of a police officer throwing a protester to the ground, though it is not clear why. The video shows the man standing in what seems to be a non-threatening manner before the incident.

"Another video shows police officers pushing male and female protesters off the street, and using a large orange net to move the crowd."

80 people were arrested Saturday

NEW YORK (AP) - About 80 people were arrested Saturday as demonstrators who were camped out near the New York Stock Exchange marched through lower Manhattan, police said.

The "Occupy Wall Street" protest is entering its second week.

Demonstrators said Saturday they were protesting against bank bailouts and the mortgage crisis; some also held signs decrying Georgia's execution of Troy Davis, who was put to death Wednesday for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty Savannah police officer.

At Manhattan's Union Square, police tried to corral the demonstrators using orange plastic netting. Some of the arrests were filmed and activists posted the videos online.

One video appears to show officers using pepper spray on women who already were cordoned off; another shows officers handcuffing a man after pulling him up off the ground, blood trickling down his face.

Police say the arrests were mostly for blocking traffic. Charges include disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. But one demonstrator was charged with assaulting a police officer. Police say the officer involved suffered a shoulder injury.

Protest spokesman Patrick Bruner criticized the police response as "exceedingly violent" and said the demonstrators sought to remain peaceful.

A police spokesman had no comment about the videos or the arrests.

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