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Director Sam Levinson frequently films his girlfriend, actress Ellen Barkin — most recently in Another Happy Day with Demi Moore.
But the latest video out of the director’s hands is a controversial one: early on new year’s day, as the two were walking home in New York City, Levinson recorded Barkin in an encounter with a NYPD officer on the street, and Barkin appears upset as the officer puts his hands on her and moves her to the sidewalk.
First she tweets: “Walking home…13th & 6th, police making random arrests of non protesters.Young girl in police van screaming”I’m just trying 2 get home.” She continues, “People being thrown in police vans, arrested for ‘jaywalking’ What happened to the NYPD of my youth?Who are u all?Shame shame on u all.”
Levinson tweets, “#NYPD Wildin out on random civilians on 5th ave Just watched a girl get arrested while trying 2 cross 13th st 2meet her bf @OccupyWallStNYC.”
Shortly afterward, Barkin describes the police confrontation Levinson captured on tape: “Just threatened on my street by NYPD,cop shoved me,both hands,onto sidewalk..Is it a crime 2 stand in the street in NY?WTF is going on here?”
Barkin’s anger escalates: “NOT MY CITY! NYPD violent attacks & arrests of any1 they can get their hands on Very few actual protesters,just random people in the streets.”
Barkin’s 76,000+ twitter followers had split reactions — many were upset on her behalf, pointing her to live streaming video footage and other New Yorkers on twitter who alleged they too encountered police brutality.
“Fuck all of u,Bloomberg & every1 goose-stepping behind u.I cannot believe what I am seeing.U protect nothing.U ARE the violence in my city.”
After responding to negative comments on her 140-character opinions, Barkin tweeted one last time before finally signing off to bed: “I am sorry for that ugly end to a very difficult year. Let’s hope we do better in 2012. And to all a good night.”
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