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Occupy Wall Street protester Felix Rivera-Pitre sues high-ranking NYPD officer Johnny Cardona


Video shows Cardona swinging several punches at Rivera-Pitre before protester falls to ground

An Occupy Wall Street protester filed a lawsuit Thursday against an NYPD deputy inspector who was caught on video allegedly punching him in the face.

Felix Rivera-Pitre, 37, of Brooklyn, claims Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona swung several punches at him during a demonstration in the financial district on Oct. 14, 2011.

His lawyer Ron Kuby said the force of the blow knocked Rivera-Pitre to the ground and ripped an earring from his ear.

The NYPD has said Rivera-Pitre was the ins...