The Occupy photo that launched a thousand tweets Many saw pepper spray as a violent means of suppressing protest, and they were quick to express their disgust: I just can not imagine looking another person in the face and pepper spraying them or beating them with a baton. Sick, sick people. According to a local reporter, the police in Portland plan to review the incident: Potland Police will conduct internal review of officer's use of pepper spray during clash with #opdx demonstrators yesterday. This Portland criminal defense attorney reported that the woman in the photograph had been arrested: Portland Police Chief Mike Reese told OPB’s Think Out Loud show defended Thursday’s police action: “Certainly, if people have complaints about police activity there, they should call in to the Independent Police Review and make a complaint. The photograph had the word “pepper” trending on Twitter on Friday, as people voiced their reactions online:
Occupy Nashville OWS Continues to Dominate the Zeitgeist: Outcry over Abuse of Students at UC Davis Grows, Right-Wing Plan to Smear Protests Exposed In a few short hours, the video was popping up seemingly every few seconds on Twitter with horrified responses from those who shared it. As a group of students sat on the UC Davis quad Friday evening, arms linked, huddled across a roadway, a cop reached up, flourished a can of pepper spray, and provocatively sprayed it on their faces to horrified shouts from onlookers. Eventually, the students began collapsing, and they were dragged away, arrested. Fast forward to the end of the video, when the remaining students chant "you can go" to the police officers. If protesters are continually met with brutality that horrifies onlookers and compels them to side with the protesters, well, then Occupy Wall Street isn't going anywhere. All this is proof that Zuccotti Park may be gone, but the momentum of the movement continues. Here's how the writers at Student Activism describe what happened at UC Davis: Students. Police used batons to try to push the students apart.
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Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for World Revolution Justice Dept: Homeland Security Advised Raids On Occupy Wall Street Camps President Obama's "position" regarding the NYPD's raid of Zuccotti Park, is that "every municipality has to make its own decision about how to handle" the issues of free speech and the concerns of the community. But according to Rick Ellis at the Examiner, a Justice Department official says that the recent evictions of Occupy movement across the country including Salt Lake City, Denver, Portland, Oakland, and New York City were "coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies." Ellis reports that his source says though the decision to evict protesters ultimately rested with each individual jurisdiction, the local police departments "had received tactical and planning advice from national agencies" from the feds. The AP reports that another set of conference calls on October 11 and November 14 were organized by the Police Executive Research Forum and included representatives from 40 different cities.
the simple image sharer wiki Caught on Camera: 10 Shockingly Violent Police Assaults on Occupy Protesters November 18, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Occupations across the country have born the brunt of some violent police tactics, and in a world where everyone has a camera-phone, a lot of their brutish behavior has been caught in photographs and on video. Police work is difficult and dangerous, and the majority of officers on the street behave like pros. But being human, cops are also prone to fear and rage like everyone else. Unlike protesters, cops are also armed, and it's difficult to hold them accountable for their actions when they don't behave professionally. Below are some of the most stunning incidents of police officers going wild on Occupy protesters around the country. 1. This now-iconic image was captured by The Oregonian in Portland on November 17. 2. In this video, a group of college students are huddled on the ground in a defensive position at UC Davis on November 18.