Occupy Davis: UC Davis chief launches probe into pepper-spraying of protesters As some faculty members called for her ouster, the chancellor of UC Davis launched an inquiry Saturday into the pepper-spraying of apparently peaceful Occupy Davis protesters by campus police. A video of the Friday incident that went viral on the Web showed a police officer dousing the protesters with a canister of pepper spray as they sat huddled on the ground. The police had been attempting to clear the university's Quad of tents and campers. Faculty and students reacted with outrage. Nathan Brown, an assistant professor of English, said in an interview that the episode was the latest example of "the systematic use by UC chancellors of police brutality" to suppress protests. PHOTOS: Occupy protests around the world In an open letter, he wrote: "Without any provocation whatsoever, other than the bodies of these students sitting where they were on the ground, with their arms linked, police pepper-sprayed students. Chancellor Linda P.B. "The students had encircled the officers," she said.
UC Davis students pepper sprayed in video - US news - Life DAVIS, Calif. — A video of police in riot gear pepper spraying demonstrators is spreading after 10 Occupy protesters were arrested on the University of California, Davis campus Friday, Sacramento NBC station KCRA reported. The demonstrators were protesting the dismantling of the "Occupy UC Davis" encampment that was set up in the school's quad area. "Police came and brutalized them and tore their tents down and all that stuff. It was really scary. It felt like there was anarchy everywhere," said student Hisham Alihbob. Police told Sacramento's KTXL TV station that the students were given until 3 p.m. Students chanted at the officers, "Shame on you, shame on you!" A video that said it showed peaceful students getting pepper sprayed went viral quickly on Friday and was also featured by The New York Times. UC Davis officials said the group is allowed to occupy the quad for as long as they want, but cannot camp, KCRA reported. "It's not safe for multiple reasons," Spicuzza said. © 2013 msnbc.com
15MBcn_int : Earlier in Cairo, Tear Gas... Fear: American style Several Fridays ago, I attended an excellent panel discussion on Occupy Wall Street sponsored by Jacobin Magazine. It featured Doug Henwood and Jodi Dean - representing a more state-centered, socialist-style left - and Malcolm Harris and Natasha Lennard, representing a more anarchist-inflected left. Natasha Lennard is a freelance writer who's been covering the OWS story for the New York Times. After a video of the panel was brought to the Times' attention, the paper reviewed it as well as Lennard's reporting and decided to take her off the OWS beat. Despite the fact, according to a spokeswoman for the Times, that "we have reviewed the past stories to which she contributed and have not found any reasons for concern over that reporting". Even more troubling, Lennard may not be hired by the Times again at all. Such political motivated firings fit into a much broader pattern in US history that - in my first book Fear: The History of a Political Idea - I call "Fear, American Style".
Police Crack Down On Occupy UC Davis Camp, 10 Arrested Get Breaking News First Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning. Sign Up DAVIS (CBS / AP) — Police at the University of California, Davis have dismantled an Occupy encampment on campus Friday and arrested 10 protesters. UC Davis officials say eight men and two women were taken into custody Friday afternoon. Student activists pitched more than a dozen tents on the UC Davis Quad on Thursday in defiance of a campus ban on camping. Graduate student A.J. Morgan said several hundred students protested Friday’s police action, shouting “Shame on you! In Los Angeles, police broke up an “Occupy UCLA” encampment on campus and arrested 14 protesters Friday morning.
15MBcn_int : The image of students being... John Waters discusses Occupy Wall Street, becoming a capitalist, and The Wire Getty Images. I arrive in Baltimore with three sources for my preconceptions: Nina Simone (“Oh, Baltimore/Man, it’s hard just to live”); The Wire (count the expletives before the opening credits); and the cult films of John Waters (which boil down to “lock up your children – this place is full of freaks!”). Nothing on the drive from the city’s Penn Station to Waters’ house fits any of these images. The cab takes a neat, wide avenue past handsome old mansions and a better class of apartment block to a compact, low-slung house on a side street. “We have edge here, but it’s about neighbourhoods. Each neighbourhood is like its own country,” Waters observes as I walk in with the photographers: “It’s almost like you need customs at each boundary.” He began life 65 years ago in a nearby suburb, Lutherville, and has spent 21 years in this house, perplexing a film industry that does not know how to classify someone not from Los Angeles or New York. He finds himself in a cinematic no-man’s land.
Occupy UC Davis Polish calls for violent Cops Off Campus Published unedited, this open letter about Polish police attacking LGBT protesters rights to protest. Its assertions draws massive parallels with the growing British student movement and their calls for CopsOffCampus and to make education free and critical, to allow the right to protest and challenge how academia is being used to replicate the status-quo – backed up by police weapons and violence. This open letter focuses on one particular instance of police presence on campus [police violence and unexplained use of weapons such as electric stun guns] and more generally, regards the necessity to defend the right to protest here in Poland. Further, it relates to wider issues concerning equality / LGTB rights and the strong influence of the catholic church on various institutions, including secular institutions of higher education here in Poland. Here is a short summary of events in English: Poznań University of Economics, Poland 05.12.2013
Paramilitary Policing From Seattle to Occupy Wall Street As Seattle police chief in 1999, my disastrous response to the WTO protests should have been a cautionary tale. Yet our police forces have only become more militarized. A man sits in front of a police line at City Hall during an anti-Wall Street protest in Oakland, California, October 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Kim White) They came from all over, tens of thousands of demonstrators from around the world, protesting the economic and moral pitfalls of globalization. About the Author Norm Stamper Norm Stamper was chief of the Seattle Police Department during the WTO protests in 1999. Then came day two. “We have to clear the intersection,” said the field commander. Why? Because of all the what-ifs. My support for a militaristic solution caused all hell to break loose. The paramilitary bureaucracy and the culture it engenders—a black-and-white world in which police unions serve above all to protect the brotherhood—is worse today than it was in the 1990s. It will not be easy.
Police Defend Use Of Force On ‘Occupy UC Davis’ Don't Miss This Cat Survives 60-Mile Journey Atop Trailer Beyoncé’s Half-Brother May Go to Homeless Shelter Firing Squad Or Hanging? AG Candidate Wants Death Penalty For Corrupt Lawmakers 2nd Teen Dies, 3 More Fight For Life Following Vacaville Crash Get Breaking News First Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning. Sign Up DAVIS (CBS13) – Law enforcement officials defended the tactics used Friday to dismantle an encampment set up by “Occupy Wall Street” sympathizers on the UC Davis quad, a raid that drew accusations of excessive force from students after sitting protesters were subjected to pepper spray at point-blank range. UC Davis Police officers in riot gear warned “Occupy UC Davis” demonstrators to pack up their tents and leave the field located between the Memorial Union and Shields Library at about 3:00 p.m., and then moved in to take down the protesters’ tents a half hour later. “I don’t think that was warranted,” one protester told CBS13.
Police are cracking down on students – but what threat to law and order is an over-articulate history graduate? | Aditya Chakrabortty Why are some of the most powerful people in Britain so terrified of a bunch of students? If that sounds a ridiculous question, consider a few recent news stories. As reported in this paper last week, Cambridge police are looking for spies to inform on undergraduate protests against spending cuts and other "student-union type stuff". Meanwhile, in London last Thursday, a student union leader, Michael Chessum, was arrested after a small and routine demo. Officers hauled him off to Holborn police station for not informing them of the precise route of the protest – even though it was on campus. The 24-year-old has since been freed – on the strict condition that he doesn't "engage in protest on any University Campus and not within half a mile boundary of any university". While we're trawling for the ridiculous, let us remember another incident this summer at the University of London, when a 25-year-old woman was arrested for the crime of chalking a slogan on a wall.
Motorola sponsors group responsible for coordinating attacks on Occupy Wall Street « anoncorpwatch Motorola sponsors group responsible for coordinating attacks on Occupy Wall Street It has come to our attention that the corporation, Motorola, has close ties to a police organization that is responsible for coordinating the recent crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street protests in various cities. The organization that is responsible for coordinating these attacks is PERF. PERF stands for Police Executive Research Forum: The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is a national membership organization of progressive police executives from the largest city, county and state law enforcement agencies. PERF is dedicated to improving policing and advancing professionalism through research and involvement in public policy debate. We are proud of the service we provide to law enforcement stakeholders. ( Recently it was revealed, by the San Francisco Bay Guardian ( that PERF helped to synchronize the recent attacks on OWS protesters.