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The cease-fire against California students appears to be over. Students from UC Riverside, protesting today's Board of Regents meeting, were confronted by riot police, with multiple reports indicating they were fired upon with paint-filled bullets and other projectiles that injured several at the scene. The students, many of whom are associated with Occupy UC Riverside , today protested and (ultimately) shut down a Board of Regents meeting where tuition hikes were planned to be discussed.
The Oakland Police Department's response to Occupy Oakland protests this fall raised "serious concerns" about the Department's ability to "hold true to the best practices in American policing," according to monitors tasked with overseeing the department's progress toward implementing court-ordered reforms. In a report released Tuesday, the monitors promised that their next assessment, due in April, would include a thorough investigation of police activity connected with Occupy Oakland. That investigation could increase the chances a federal court will take over OPD until the department can fully implement the improvements. "[W]e cannot help but view the events of Occupy Oakland as a test of the reform mettle of this Department," the monitors wrote. While the monitors commended the efforts of Mayor Jean Quan and police Chief Howard Jordan, they noted that the department has made very little progress in the past two years.
Occupy Colleges Press Release: STUDENTS ONCE AGAIN SEVERELY INJURED BY POLICE Occupy Colleges denounces police shooting and beating of students at UC Riverside and calls upon a national student mobilization in response LOS ANGELES, CA (January 20, 2012) – Several University of California (UC) students were once again brutally and unnecessarily injured at yesterday’s peaceful demonstration at UC Riverside. Close to 800 student activists gathered throughout the day outside the building where Regents board members were meeting behind closed doors to discuss further budgetary cuts and other matters. Police forces already forming a barrier to prevent student access into the building were joined by a legion of armed Sheriff Officers and more police back up toting what looked like guns in hand. They made their way through the hundreds of UC students in order to get to the front line, often pointing their guns or wielding batons in their face and shouting “move.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended the NYPD for their actions on Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, even if they did beat peaceful protesters and arrest accredited journalists. Now it looks as if New York’s Finest bragged about the battery before it even began. A Facebook profile allegedly registered to New York Police Department Officer Michael DeRosa, Sr. shows correspondence between a couple cops from November 17, 2011, a massive day of action for the Occupy Wall Street movement which marked the campaign’s two month anniversary.
I suppose I should have expected a backlash when I joined about twenty of my classmates in protesting Goldman Sachs’ summer internship info session on November 28th. Last year, more seniors who took jobs after graduation (16.5 percent) took them in finance than in any other sector of the economy ; in 2010, the figure was 31 percent. Finance is popular (and at the salaries it pays, why wouldn’t it be?) and trying to make it more difficult—or at least more uncomfortable—to enter is sure to produce resentment. And once Goldman announced that it would cancel similar events here and at Brown due to the protest, the mumbled misgivings got louder. “Occupy alienated a large portion of the student body that might have been persuaded to be sympathetic to their causes,” tut-tutted Katie R.
My Brush with Brutality & Love By Rev. John Helmiere ***Author’s note: As my story continues to be read, may we not forget the exploitation of the port truckers and that the kind of violence I experienced is primarily enacted upon people of color. I appreciate the energy this piece has generated but acknowledge that my social status allows my voice to be amplified. Yesterday evening, I was brutally beaten by my brothers on the Seattle Police force as I stood before an entrance to Pier 18 of the Seattle Port in my clergy garb bellowing, “Keep the Peace!
In video, confrontation between a 'Times' photographer and the NYPD at Occupy Wall Street protest downtownIt still seems like not all New York Police Department officers got that memo from their boss a few weeks ago warning them not to interfere with members of the media during police actions such as those that have been ongoing as a result of the Occupy Wall Street protests. In this video, police are shown getting physical with and intentionally blocking the shots of a credentialed photojournalist covering today's demonstration at the World Financial Center. A New York Times spokesperson confirmed for Capital that the journalist in the footage is Robert Stolarik, who was on assignment for the Times today. (You can see some of his latst photos on the City Room blog .) We're awaiting further comment from the Times , who led the charge several weeks ago in drafting a letter to NYPD deputy commissioner Paul Browne on Nov. 21 that took his force to task for arresting and allegedly roughing up journalists who were covering earlier Occupy actions.
Several dozen Occupy DC protesters rolled out the human red carpet for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s holiday party at their Washington, DC headquarters this evening. The Chamber is the nation’s largest corporate lobby group. As guests entered, protesters shouted, “You walk on our rights, now walk on us!”
December 8th, 2011 The below tip was posted on the official Oath Keepers Facebook Page by user “Pat Lowe.” We are in the process of verifying this tip, so it is as of yet unconfirmed, but we wanted you to be aware of it (it certainly would be good news for a change!). We will post and send out updates as we confirm and verify.
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