A thread about police brutality continued

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Police Do Nothing for Occupy Protests All Over

    Two incidents near D.C.'s convention center Friday are increasing tensions between the Occupy D.C. protesters and local police. Four people were struck in two separate incidents as they protested in blocked off streets. In one incident, the protesters say the driver aimed for them. As a result of the incidents, police say they will change how they deal with Occupy D.C. demonstrators who block traffic.

    D.C. Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump says "Our tactics will change and there will be stricter adherence to rules, as people have been injured."

    D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier tells WTOP that police "are going to have to require some compliance with traffic laws since we have folks being injured."

    Protesters marched to D.C. police headquarters Monday afternoon, accusing police of not properly investigating the hit-and-run incidents Friday evening. They say police did not talk to key witnesses or the victims. They also claim it was the same silver Lexus that struck protesters a block and a half apart.

    Protester Heidi Sippel says she was never questioned about the car that hit her, even after she asked to give a statement at the hospital. She says the car actually turned down the wrong lane to run her and her son over. Her pregnant wife was forced to jump out of the way of the oncoming car. Sippel was charged with obstructing traffic. Police did not charge the driver, saying two witnesses supported his account that the demonstrators jumped into the vehicle's path. Following the march to police headquarters, Sippel provided a statement to police. She urged others to come forward.

    The fourth victim, Georgia Pearce of Mississippi, was also at the protest. She says she was hit by the same Lexus at the convention center protests Friday. Police labeled Pearce's incident a hit-and-run. The time of Pearce's report is five minutes before a second police report shows that a silver Lexus hit three other demonstrators.

    A statement Monday from D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier states "MPD always considers information that is pertinent to the case. Any additional information or evidence that we receive will be reviewed and handled accordingly." In an earlier statement, Lanier also criticizes protesters for intentionally blocking streets, becoming "increasingly confrontational and violent toward uninvolved bystanders and motorists."
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    UC Berkeley cops' use of batons on Occupy camp questioned

    Both the ACLU and the National Lawyers Guild said they had "grave concerns about the conduct" of campus police.

    "Video recordings raise numerous questions about UCPD's oversight and handling of these events, including whether law enforcement were truly required to beat protesters with batons," the two groups wrote in a letter to campus officials.

    In total, 39 people were arrested Wednesday; 22 were students and one was a professor, police said. All but one were taken to jail and released.

    "The individuals who linked arms and actively resisted, that in itself is an act of violence," UC police Capt. Margo Bennett said. "I understand that many students may not think that, but linking arms in a human chain when ordered to step aside is not a nonviolent protest."

  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Hartmann: OWS Berkeley - nights sticks violently shoved into their stomachs

    Joshua Holland, AlterNet & Yvette Felarca, Participant-Occupy Cal (Berkeley) & Sarah Seltzer, Alternet all join Thom Hartmann.

    A new video of police brutality at another 99 percent protest in California has surfaced. And we'll be joined by a patriot who was caught in the middle of it all.

    More video surfaced today of police brutality against peaceful patriots. Those were young women in the crowd who were having night sticks violently shoved into their stomachs.

    Meanwhile in Oakland - where police brutality was taken to another level two weeks ago when two-time Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen was critically injured and sustained brain damage after police fired a tear gas canister into his head - there are fears that another violent police crackdown could be looming. Yesterday - members of the city council - joined by the local chamber of commerce - held a press briefing - bashing the Occupy Oakland movement - and calling for it to be broken up immediately.

    With all the violent police action against American patriots who are exercising their first amendment rights around the nation - sadly - Thomas Jefferson is rolling in his grave.
  7. Anonymous Member

    UCPD doesn't know the difference between civil disobedience and violence. Problem?
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    FearDept US Dept. of Fear
    We join Oakland Mayor Jean Quan in calling for an end to #occupyoakland and ask campers to leave before we have to hurt any more people.
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    An occupier's skull returns baton blows with an equal and opposite force. #ows #occupycal @quinnnorton
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    FearDept US Dept. of Fear
    1st Amendment rights schedule for November: Wednesdays 1-5 pm #remember
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    4th Amendment suspended until further notice.
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    5th Amendment under review.
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  9. The Wrong Guy Member

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    Police Brutality at #OccupySanDiego… note how the dumb pig runs when cameraman says he was once a cop #LULZ
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    Bob O'Grady being arrested in the San Diego Civic Center Plaza for laying inside of his sleeping bag to stay warm while a group of non-violent occupiers from San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, Encinitas, and other transplants from various locations across the US pow-wow under an erected U.S. flag in the heart of the plaza; in celebration of Veteran's Day. SDPD uses excessive force to apprehend Bob, a SDPD officer uses a choking technique I never knew was legal in the continuum of force ladder. That must come after using a closed fist to assault the suspect in the face.
  11. Anonymous Member

    SDPD needs to look where Passive Resistant is on the wheel.
    Oh wait, if linking arms is a violent act, then dial it on up!
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  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    This is a duplicate post, also on

    Oakland police receives hundreds of 'Occupy Oakland'-related complaints |

    The Associated Press

    Oakland police say they have received nearly 790 complaints from around the world about officers' actions during a tear-gas fueled clash with anti-Wall Street protestors last month.

    Oakland became a rallying point for demonstrators when an Iraq War veteran was injured on Oct. 25 as officers raided the encampment with tear gas and bean bag projectiles, arresting 85 people.

    Police said on Saturday in response to an inquiry from The Associated Press that more than half the complaints came from people who were not on scene. Police say 12 of the complaints came from people who were there that day. They're still checking on the whereabouts of another 331 people who filed complaints.

  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    Police use of force draws fierce condemnation - The Daily Californian

    For UC Berkeley graduate student Alex Barnard, the most disempowering moment of Wednesday night was not when he was repeatedly hit with a police baton, cracking one of his ribs. Instead, the most disturbing moment of his experience came afterward, when he says an officer told him he had “no rights.”

    According to Barnard, who was arrested along 31 others as part of Wednesday night’s Occupy Cal demonstration, after he was handcuffed with a zip tie and taken into Sproul Hall, a police officer asked him for identifying information. Rather than immediately answering, Barnard said he asked the officer about his rights and when he would be allowed to speak to a lawyer. It was then that the officer told him he had no rights and, after Barnard disputed the statement, said he would be recorded as “uncooperative” on his police forms, according to Barnard.

    “You didn’t have a voice,” Barnard said.

    The experience described by Barnard and his fellow protesters’ violent treatment at the hands of the police — supported by video footage taken at the demonstration — has led to wide-spread condemnation of the police response. Critics ranging from campus student groups to members of the UC Berkeley faculty and even the national media have spoken out against the police officers’ use of force.

  14. Anonymous Member

    If citizens have no rights, then police have no authority.
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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    This is an excellent article - highly recommended.

    “The Grass Is Closed”: What I Have Learned About Power from the Police, Chancellor Birgeneau, and Occupy Cal

    At about 11:30 a.m. yesterday, a police officer told me and about eight other students that, and I quote, “the grass is closed.” We were going to sit under a tree and discuss things, and two police officers were watching us vigilantly to make sure we didn’t suddenly do something violent like try to put up tents. As we moved towards the tree, the first police officer stepped up and informed us that we could not walk from the broad concrete steps of Sproul Hall, where about a hundred people were sitting and talking, and sit on the grassy area just to the north of it. “The grass is closed,” she said.

    If you meditate on these words until they become a mantra, you will learn some profound things about how police authority works. What could it possibly mean to declare that “the grass is closed”? Who could have the authority to say so? I had always considered that stretch of grass to be public; I’ve often been among the hundreds of students who eat their lunch there, every day, and 11:30 a.m. is a time of day when it is common to eat lunch. I have had conversations with other students sitting on that very grass, many times. Why was it that I could not do so now? Why had this stretch of grass suddenly become un-public and closed off? No signs said so, and no police tape marked it off. At the far end of that grassy area, in fact, several people were actually sitting on the grass. But those people were sitting there eating lunch. Because we were part of the group which was sitting on the steps of Sproul Hall, clearly, the grass had been declared off limits to us.

    To make things more interesting, it immediately transpired that the other police officer had, in fact, already given them permission to sit on the grass. And in an instant, the arbitrariness of the rule was made evident and undeniable. Two different students indignantly asserted that that police officer right there told us we could sit here. When the second officer said nothing to contradict them, when he failed to back her up on the closed-ness of the grass, she wordlessly stepped back, keeping her face expressionless behind her sunglasses. She didn’t apologize or take back what she said. She simply stopped trying to enforce a rule after its utter and complete arbitrariness had been made clear. To put this as simply as possible, she elected not to use force in defense of a rule which had just been shown to have no basis other than the momentary decision of a police officer accustomed to telling people where they can and cannot stand.

    As part of my ongoing private project to be less scared of police — because I am scared of police — I said to her, in as level and direct a tone as I could manage, “This is why we don’t trust you.” And she again elected to say nothing. She didn’t have to. The truth of power, in this situation, is that the policy is what the police will use their force to enforce. They don’t have to have a legitimate reason, nor are they embarrassed when it is shown that the “grass is closed” only because someone with authority said so. And the grass only became open because someone with more authority said so. Such people are not to be trusted.

    This was a very modest lesson in how power works. On Wednesday, several thousand UC Berkeley students learned a much bigger lesson, but in many ways it was exactly the same lesson: the rule is what the people with the force to enforce it say it is. And it becomes the rule when you either obey it, or when they use their force to make you obey it.

    If you’ve seen this video, you understand what the police were willing to do in order to make people stop standing on the grass between police and tents:

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    Portland police release video of Occupy Portland protester injured during camp eviction |

    Citing a "continuing effort to be transparent," the Portland Police Bureau released video of officers removing an Occupy Portland protester from Chapman Square Sunday afternoon who later went to the hospital with a back injury.

    Justin J. Bridges, 28, told The Oregonian this morning he became pinned between the crowd and a concrete trash can during the Sunday eviction. He was injured, he said, after officers pulled him from the crowd and one officer put his knee into Bridges' back.

    Bridges said he has existing back fractures from a 2003 accident.

    The video released by the bureau shows officers pulling a fallen man from the crowd and telling protesters to stay back. It then shows several officers near a flex-cuffed Bridges, one with his knee on Bridges' back.

    "I can't feel my legs," Bridges shouts at the officers. "I have a broken back."

    Another officer shifts Bridges' legs as two officers pull him to his feet and escort him out of view of the camera. Sgt. Pete Simpson, a bureau spokesman, said Bridges was taken to a park bench to wait for medical personnel.

    Bridges was then taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he was in fair condition this morning.

    "Officers dragged Mr. Bridges away from a very volatile situation as they are trained to do when anyone goes to the ground at the front lines of a protest," Simpson said in a statement released with the video, later adding, "In reviewing Portland Police Bureau video and video taken by people in the crowd, it does not appear that Mr. Bridges was ever struck by officers."

    Simpson said the incident would still be reviewed, along with any other issues raised about Occupy Portland, but the bureau wanted to release the video as quickly as possible.

    "We're not considering it over and done — we want to get this video out," he said, later adding, "We're aware that people are talking about this."

    Bridges was not cited or charged.


    The caption for the video reads:

    The Portland Police Bureau wants to address community concerns about the treatment of Justin Bridges on Sunday November 13, 2011 as officers cleared people out of Chapman Square.

    The Police Bureau has released police video of Mr. Bridges being dragged to safety after he apparently fell down in between police, protestors, a trash can, and newspaper boxes. Officers dragged Mr. Bridges away from a very volatile situation as they are trained to do when anyone goes to the ground at the front lines of a protest. As an example, Officer Curtis Brown, who was struck by a projectile early Sunday morning, went to the ground and was almost immediately carried away from the front lines by officers to an awaiting ambulance.

    Once safely behind the lines, he was temporarily flex cuffed as officers talked to him. Mr. Bridges let officers know that he had a previous broken back and was having some pain. Officers continued to talk with him as they called for medical personnel to respond. Mr. Bridges was able to stand and walk, with officers assisting, to a nearby park bench where they awaited medical personnel to arrive.

    Once an ambulance arrived, Mr. Bridges was placed on a stretcher and transported to the hospital. He was not arrested or cited.

    In reviewing Portland Police Bureau video and video taken by people in the crowd, it does not appear that Mr. Bridges was ever struck by officers.

    The Police Bureau is releasing this video because of the compelling public interest regarding this incident and as part of its continuing effort to be transparent.

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  18. Anonymous Member

    This one's for 612

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    Berkeley students set to strike

    Last week at UC Berkeley, several people who were protesting against tuition increases and public education funding cuts were arrested. Campus police used batons to beat the non-violent protesters in the ribs and even pulled a woman's hair. Now students across the state are planning a strike. Alex Barnard, a UC Berkeley graduate student, tells us what Open University is all about.
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  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    Police pepper spray Occupy Seattle protesters

    Members of Occupy Seattle clashed with police in downtown Seattle and were met with pepper spray.
  21. 00anon00 Member
    Pepper Spray and Ayn Rand Deployed Against Occupy Seattle Protesters

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    Cops Pepper Spray 84-year-old at Occupy Seattle

    Occupy Seattle demonstrators marching last night were confronted by police who proceeded to use pepper spray. Victims included 84-year-old Dorli Rainey and a pregnant woman who had to be hospitalized.

    Search: Rainey
  24. Anonymous Member

    That's what she said.
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    StephenAtHome Stephen Colbert
    For all we know, that pregnant woman in Seattle had a weird craving for ice cream and pepper spray.
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    84-Year Old Dorli Rainey, Pepper-Sprayed at Occupy Seattle, Denounces Police Crackdowns

    Police departments across the country are coming under criticism for using excessive force against Occupy Wall Street protesters during the past two months. In Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn apologized Wednesday, hours after an 84-year-old retired Seattle school teacher named Dorli Rainey was pepper sprayed in the face during a protest. Photographs of her moments after she was pepper sprayed went viral, showing the chemical irritant and liquid used to treat it dripping from her chin. According to Occupy Seattle organizers, a priest and a pregnant teenager were also pepper sprayed Tuesday night. Dorli Rainey joins us from Seattle. "My problem is not only with police brutality," Rainey says. "It is with the progressively worse attitude of the police."

    For the complete interview, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for additional Democracy Now! reports about the Occupy Wall Street movement, visit
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    NYPD blast LRAD: Sonic weapon used against OWS protest

    Violent arrests are taking place in New York where a huge anti-Wall Street rally is underway. Hundreds of activists are marching across the city, pledging to occupy streets, bridges, the subway in protest against economic inequality.
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    Occupy Wall Street #N17

    New York City policeman batons a protester at 60 Wall Street during Occupy Wall Street's November 17th day of protest.
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    Violent OWS arrests video: RT footage of cops in action

    Violent arrests are taking place in New York where a huge anti-Wall Street rally is underway. Hundreds of activists are marching across the city, pledging to occupy streets, bridges, the subway in protest against economic inequality.
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  33. Anonymous Member

    There's no honor in police work.

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  36. 00anon00 Member

    This man is a hero. Law enforcement is a good thing, brutality and unlawful acts by civil servants are not.

    "The reason I'm down here is because I'm tired of seeing suffering of so many people while you have one-percent who is accumulating all this wealth on the backs of all the workers," says Ray Lewis, a retired police captain from the Philadelphia Police Department. He critiques his colleagues for "basically just enforcing the laws of the dictators, which is the one-percent. They're having their
    healthcare cut, their pensions cut, and their salaries reduced. And they don't even realize it."

    Im posting this in the police brutality thread because sometimes we forget.

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  37. iraniam Member

    One more act of Brutality from NYPD....

    Occupy-Wall-Street-Brende-004.jpg A man who identifed himself as Brendan Watts is seen with blood on his face while surrounded by three police officers in Zuccotti Park Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

    Brandon-Watts-lies-injure-007.jpg Occupy Wall Street protester Brandon Watts lies injured on the ground after clashes with police in Zuccotti Park. Photograph: Allison Joyce/Getty Images
  38. The Wrong Guy Member

    OWS protester sees police brutality firsthand

    Today marks two months since the Occupy Wall Street movement started. The movement which started in Lower Manhattan has spread across the globe. From Australia to the US there have been countless reports of police brutality and today is no exception. Joe Fionda, Occupy Wall Street protester, gives us his account.
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    Countdown with Keith: OWS: Adam Gabbatt on Zuccotti Park violence during Day of Action

    Keith and Adam Gabbatt, reporter for the Guardian, discuss the violent scene at Zuccotti Park during today's Day of Action events and how the recent raid led by Mayor Bloomberg only served to grow support for the movement: "I think this has brought out a lot of new protesters to it."
  40. Anonymous Member

    Dirty hippies? This guy has guts:

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