Police brutality at Occupy Portland today 27 members of Occupy Portland were arrested in the early hours Sunday. They were severely manhandles by police without provocation, and several report being injured while in police custody. Portland has been practically a poster child of good city/Occupation relations. Mayor Sam Adams has been a supporter; and Oregon Congressment Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer spoke at an Occupation rally yesterday. (See video, next page) When the occupation shut down a main city street it was several days before the police moved in to make arrests, and even then it was only a few die-hards; the rest of the Occupation had already come to an agreement with police to free up the street. So why on earth would we be looking at the spectacular police over-reaction that happened at 3 this morning, personally witness by Mayor Adams? Occupiers have been allowed to camp in a pair of facing parks in downtown Portland, but had been warned they wouldn’t be able to take over other parks. Like what you just read?
‘Occupy’ Forms Alliance With Obama Lobby Group OWS protesters fear movement is being turned into a Democratic election campaign front Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet.com Monday, October 10, 2011 The “official” Occupy Wall Street website has publicly formed an alliance with yet another Obama campaign front group, the New Jersey branch of the American Federation of Teachers, the parent organization of which spent $1.9 million on Obama’s 2008 election campaign. Fears that the OWS movement is being subverted by Democratic Party operatives will only be heightened after OccupyWallSt.org celebrated the fact that “AFT fully endorses Occupy Wall Street,” noting that the local chapter stood in “solidarity” with ‘Occupy’ demonstrators. The American Federation of Teachers financed Obama’s 2008 campaign to the tune of $1.9 million and has also recently offered its strong support for Obama’s “Jobs Plan,” which critics have pointed out will lead to higher taxes not for the super-rich, but for middle class Americans. A d v e r t i s e m e n t Sen.
Occupy Melbourne. Peaceful, until their rights denied | Ryan Carlisle Thomas Legal Blog About this blog The authors of this blog are lawyers or consultants employed by the RCT Group of companies, which includes staff who work mainly within our Stringer Clark offices. From time to time, we may also invite guest bloggers to contribute, in which case this will be made clear. Authors who are part of the RCT Group are qualified to practice law in Victoria, Australia. Any advice applies to Victorian State law as at the date of first publication. Residents of other Australian States or Territories or countries are advised to seek legal advice from a lawyer practising in their own area, as laws may vary from region to region. Recent Authors Christian Farrelly is a solicitor whose professional focus is superannuation. Michael Burdess joined Stringer Clark in early 2006 and practices in the area of personal injury including WorkSafe and TAC. Penny Savidis is an Partner of the firm and practices predominantly in the area of employment law. Published: 31 October 2011 Yours disturbedly,
Scott Olsen 'cannot talk' after injury at Occupy Oakland protest | World news Scott Olsen and his sister. Photograph: Kathy Pacconi Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran who was seriously injured by a police projectile during a protest in Oakland, has regained consciousness but "cannot talk". Olsen, 24, is communicating with friends and family at his bedside by writing notes, but his injury is believed to have damaged the speech centre of his brain, according to Keith Shannon, who served with Olsen in Iraq. Olsen is believed to have been injured by a police projectile. "He cannot talk right now, and that is because the fracture is right on the speech center of his brain," said Shannon. Shannon added that Olsen's "spelling is not near what it used to be". "The doctors expect that he will have a full recovery," said Shannon, who is due to visit Olsen on Friday afternoon. Olsen was "really happy" to see his family, Shannon added. A spokesman for Highland General Hospital confirmed Olsen could not talk, but said he "understands everything" doctors and family are saying.
US Day of Rage ☮: . @MayorSamAdams @Portland... On standing down from the Pastoral Team at St Paul's Cathedral Since the summer I've been a chaplain at St Paul's Cathedral, one of many London clergy who give half a day a month to being the priest available to the cathedral's visitors, and to leading prayers on the hour. It is has been immensely enjoyable and interesting to do. Given my relationship with the cathedral I've been closely following the events arising from the Occupy London protest which pitched camp in the cathedral precinct a fortnight ago. There seemed to be a great deal that was positive and constructive about the dialogue between the protestors and the cathedral. I can't stress how tiny a gnat I am in the scheme of things, so my decision is not even a blip on the radar compared to Giles Fraser's principled and courageous resignation. Dear Bishop Michael, I appreciate what a difficult couple of weeks the Dean and Chapter have had following the occupation of the cathedral precinct by protestors campaigning against corporate greed. With warmest good wishes, Fraser.
Anonymous Goes After Cop In Wall Street Pepper-Spray Video People were understandably upset after watching the YouTube video of several unarmed women being pepper-sprayed during the Occupy Wall Street protests this weekend. Whether or not the pepper-spray was used “judiciously” as the NYPD claimed, or whether it was a show of excessive force by one officer is probably only known by those that were part of the confrontation. But the video was pretty damming, and Anonymous, one of the groups associated with the protests, decided to do what they do best and take vigilante Internet justice into their own hands. Thankfully we live in the type of world where two wrongs make a right, and that the mistake of pepper-spraying a potentially innocent protestor could be taken out on someone’s daughter.
Marine Says Oakland Used Crowd Control Methods That Are Prohibited In War Zones wikipedia commons 40mm tear gas launcher As the events that led to Oakland protester Scott Olsen's head injury continue to unfold and investigations begin, we thought it important to offer some perspective. This comment is from a former Marine with special operations in crowd control. He points out that shooting canisters such as those that likely hit Scott Olsen is prohibited under rules of engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before gas goes into a crowd shield bearers have to be making no progress moving a crowd or crowd must be assaulting the line. How did a cop who is supposed to have training on his weapon system accidentally SHOOT someone in the head with a 40mm gas canister? I'll be the first to admit a 40mm round is tricky to aim if you are inexperienced but anyone can tell the difference between aiming at head level and going for range. The person that pulled that trigger has no business being a cop. The Military manual states:…have a duty to collect and care for the wounded.
Cops Tackle, Mace Wall St. Protesters for No Reason Wait, the cops are at fault for "incit[ing] people to fuck with them physically"? Give me a break. Your comment, along with a lot of others in this thread, makes the assumption that the police are trying to beat the shit out of people to somehow protect their friends in Wall Street. Having had a few friends in the force, let me clue you in - the police do not give a flying fuck about this cause or any other cause when they're doing protest control. They're not for it, they're not against it, they really just don't give a shit. These guys make middle of the road wages and their pension funds got just as screwed as everyone else's the past four years, so in all likelihood they despise the guys on Wall Street as much as anyone protesting out there. These guys have literally one goal in mind when they do this protest-control stuff or pretty much any other police work - get through their shift without getting hurt by someone so that they can go back home.