Finally some mainstream coverage (and not some hidden blog posts NPR) of the police brutality at the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Well documented crimes that no one will be held responsible for. They can beat, spray and corral whoever they want with no consequences, so long as they are the enemies of the plutocrats.
My name is Kelly Schomburg, I’m the girl with the red hair in these pictures. I was protesting at the Occupy Wall Street march yesterday when I and several other women were sprayed with mace and subsequently arrested. Many have already seen the video, which has been spreading like wildfire over twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and other video feeds, along with hundreds of other photos and videos. This is my recount of what happened.
Occupy Wall Street News Roundup, Sept. 24-25
Police pen up and mace female protesters [Raw Story]
Young man arrested simply for walking down the street [laurasthinkingwithportals]
Protester thrown over barricade by police [evanfleischer]
Protester shouts, “Is this what you’re about?”, gets cuffed [@LibertyPlazaRev]
In the News:
Occupy Wall Street makes the Sunday cover of NY Daily News [@DhaniBagels]
Gunning for Wall Street, With Faulty Aim [NY Times]
Arrests at New York anti-Wall Street protest [Al Jazeera]
Occupy Wall Street Calm So Far in Ninth Day [Village Voice]
Why ‘Occupy Wall Street’ makes sense [Amy Goodman]
Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination [David Graeber]
Occupy Wall Street’s Leaderless Democracy [The Indypendent]
Must Watch: 9/11 first responder occupies Wall Street [evanfleischer]
Check out Occupy Together, a new site listing occupation movements across the country.
Watch the Global Revolution livestream.
[Photo: Alex Fradkin]
Clearly a threat, now we can walk the streets with confidence now that the raging grannies have been taken in.
If you haven’t yet, read up on the Occupy Wall Street arrests. For a minute, you’ll think these are pictures of some third world country and shrug in jaded indifference… And then you’ll realize that this is in your own backyard. These are people standing up to Corporate America and selfish politicians that are destroying the middle class.
This is America. Today.
Welcome to the American dream.
On the one hand, one wonders how any police officer, no matter how well-intentioned, could arrest an elderly person without looking bad; regardless of how lawful the arrest is. Unfortunately, the NYPD has already brought suspicion on themselves via a slew of unnecessary, arbitrary, and apparently unlawful enforcement actions over the course of these protests. So the viscerally upsetting nature of the photograph (Seeing a non-violent elderly person being handled roughly) is juxtapositioned against the NYPD’s already poor track record with these protests, leading one to the inevitable conclusion that what is going on in this photograph is very likely unwarranted. The elderly woman in the second photograph could have punched the arresting officer in the face for all we know, but the NYPD has behaved so poorly these past few days that we no longer have a reason to give them the benefit of the doubt.
The video circulating around the internet in which a small group of women are corralled and pepper sprayed is extremely upsetting. It looks like they literally rounded up the protesters like cattle and then sprayed them despite the fact that the protesters were physically contained and not showing a single sign of physical aggression towards any of the officers.
The spraying officer also hits a few of his colleagues as well, which tells me that this was not so much an insidious plan of action by the NYPD as a spontaneous decision by the supervising officer to be a dick.
This type of wanton recklessness with the exercise of state power needs to be punished. That man should no longer be serving on the NYPD. His name needs to be released, and a campaign to get him removed needs to be instigated. It is precisely this kind of arbitrary use of state power that our founding documents were supposed to protect us from. Those girls did NOT deserve that, and the officer’s use of force under those conditions was not lawful by any stretch of the imagination.
I doubt any legal actions against him will work, since our courts have a hard-on for Qualified Immunity. But we can try to get this asshole removed from his job so he doesn’t have an opportunity to do this in the future.
Krass das die Polizei nicht mal Helme oder Schilde am Start hat und trotzdem so auf die Demonstranten los gehen kann O:
I just witnessed a mass arrest and police brutality. I was detained in a police barricade and threatened with arrest for standing on the sidewalk as a spectator. Not a single member of NYPD could justify their actions to me. It was a peaceful protest before the cops showed up. THEY escalated the protest into violence with their aggression and infringement of basic rights and I can confidently say that as a bystander who had no involvement in the planning or implementation of the protest. However, I will now work towards upholding the ideals and principles behind the Occupy Wall Street Protest. The protest successfully exposed how our freedom here in the US is an illusion.
Emphasis added. This is a classic problem with domestic policing. The police often introduce the very violence they are supposedly seeking to prevent. Libertarians have been screaming this at us for years. Maybe more people will start listening now.
A young man of color arrested in Union Square earlier today doing literally nothing but crossing the street.
I am fucking shaking with anger. This video shows Union Square earlier today. Clearly there is a protest but the area immediately surrounding the guy with the camera is just observers and people milling around. Watch the guy in the red shirt. From the vimeo link:
As you can see at around, a young man in a red shirt, Glenn Daniels Jr, is walking near the sidewalk with hundreds of other protestors. The crowd was attempting to cross the street to continue the march south down Broadway from Union Square. Daniels is peacefully walking with a water bottle, not committing any crime. At he is approached by an NYPD officer and pushed towards the sidewalk. At a senior police officer in a white shirt quickly approaches and grabs Daniels and another young man with a beard and backpack. The lighter skinned man is let go, but Daniels is arrested. The remainder of the video shows NYPD officers cuffing and detaining Daniels.
Unbefuckinglievable. He’s doing fucking nothing.