In an unusually dramatic and verbose posting from police spokespeople, the NYPD says detectives are looking for a man identified as 44-year-old Jackie Barcliff (at right) in connection with an appalling rape and assault of a female Occupy Wall Street protester on Monday.
Barcliff appears to be the same man filmed back in November at another Occupy Wall Street goading police into arresting him for disorderly conduct in a video posted to youtube by OWS supporters.
“As protestors begin to filter into New York City over the weekend to commemorate the anniversary Monday of Occupy Wall Street (OWS), the NYPD is hunting for a rapist among them,” the NYPD statement begins.
The 56-year-old female victim was forced to go with her attacker to a section of the Pier 15 park overlooking the East River, raped and then thrown over a second-story railing. She suffered a broken pelvis and other serious injuries.
The statement said Barcliff, a regular at other OWS protests, was previously arrested in December at the OWS protests at Liberty Plaza downtown for assault, resisting arrest and trying to escape. He got sentenced to 200 days in jail, a district attorney spokesperson said.
Barcliff was held on Rikers Island four time over the past two years, including 120 days on the resisting arrest conviction starting on Feb. 24. He was released on June 25.
A man who identifies himself as Jackie Barcliff appears in a youtube video filmed at Liberty Plaza, and appears to obnoxiously goad police into arresting him. The film is undated, but it appears to have been shot last November, and posted to youtube on Nov. 18, 2011.
In the video, Barcliff, who says he’s 43 and has a skateboard slung across his back, claims to “promote nonviolence,” and ignores police requests to move on. When the police move in, he says, “Don’t touch me, and declares, “Don’t I get freedom of speech. Why are you pushing me?”
The police officer again ask him to move along. The man continues to argue with the police and private security guards about where he can stand.
As he continues to argue, they try to take his skateboard. He refuses to give it up and then police officers pull him down the sidewalk, and handcuff him. He shouts his name, “Jackie Barcliff,” as police take him away and place him in a police van.
The video continues with protesters talking sympathetically about Barcliff’s arrest, and then chanting “Shame, shame, shame!” It’s doubtful they would be so sympathetic now.
One protester actually yells, “This isn’t Hitler, this isn’t Germany.” And then, people start yelling, “The whole world is watching.”
Now, the whole NYPD is watching.
The video is here (Barcliff appears a couple of minutes into the video):
The police added: “Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.” Calls are confidential.