Posts Tagged Occupy
July 31, 2012
Ten months ago Occupy Wall street movement kicked off in New York and for the last eight months a couple of top law schools in the country have been looking in depth at police response to the protesters. The study revealed that there was a systematic effort by police to suppress those protests even though the protesters were following the laws and being peaceful. In total there is 130 incidents of excessive or unwarranted force. John Knefel of Radio Dispatch joins RT’s Kristine Frazao from New York to explain how that could happen.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Many many helicopters hover above the streets. Full riot gear was worn by some officers during the ordeal. Rubber bullets and other projectiles were in use. The police were very aggressive. All this over chalk painting on the sidewalk?
In the video @ 4:49, you can see a man in a white t-shirt shot at very close range with a projectile weapon. He falls to the ground and is clearly incapacitated. The police then run up and violently kick him in the face while he is laying on the ground. He is then taken away in cuffs.
July 14, 2012
July 13, 2012
July 11, 2012
California is America’s most populous state and now it might be the hungriest.
A report released by the University of California at Los Angeles Center for Health Policy Research shows that one in six Californians had trouble feeding themselves during the recession.
That means nearly 4 million people couldn’t buy food because of the troubled economy.
The first of the more than 70 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested Saturday afternoon and evening were arraigned yesterday in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Exhausted by a night and day in jail and shaken by the violence of the police response to Occupy Wall Street’s six-month anniversary celebration, many burst into tears of relief when they were finally released to the friendly welcome of the movement’s Jail Support team.
Unlike many of the other defendants with whom they shared cells, the protesters could feel confident that they would soon be released — Occupy posts bail for those arrested during movement actions.
But protesters and their legal advisers were surprised yesterday to learn that the size of their bail was being affected by whether defendants were willing to have the distinctive patterns of their irises photographed and logged into a database.
March 19, 2012
The First Amendment right to assemble and protest is going to get a black eye in 2012—as it has every time there has been an upsurge in America’s social justice movements.
Already in city after city, protesters and civil rights lawyers are troubled by proposed and newly enacted anti-protest rules, many of which are likely to be found unconstitutional if they have their day in court. In the meantime mayors, police and in some cases federal agencies are making detailed plans to thwart protests at local and national events.
In many cities, ordinances aimed at Occupy protesters are emerging to restrict protests and anything resembling camping on sidewalks, streets and parks. New fees are being drawn up to discourage large demonstrations. Anti-leafleting and postering rules are also muzzling people trying to spread the word about events. And all of that is being shepherded with a new pretext for using paramilitary tactics, replacing last year’s “health and safety” excuse for sweeping away Occupy sites with the rationale of protecting “national security” in a presidential election year.