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Look, another photo of awful police brutality

This is a cop at the UC Davis Occupy protest. He is pepper spraying peaceful protesters as the press watches. This is what a police state looks like. Will anything happen to this cop? Will the media focus on the problem of unlimited police authority? Of course they won't. They'll find a way to blame the protesters and excuse the behavior of this monster. US Politics | AMERICAblog News: OMG Cops pepper-spray UC Davis students, point blank in face, who are just sitting there doing nothing
The cops now say they feared for their lives because of the crowd that was gathering around them! Look at that photo. Look at this even better photo. What do you see? A dozen students on the ground looking at their feet, and some onlookers all holding up cameras at a respectable distance - you'll note the other cops aren't looking terribly worried. Then watch the video. The cop casually saunters over and pepper sprays the people sitting down, which is odd since supposedly they were afraid of the people who were standing up. A) They didn't fear for their safety from the crowd, look at them. B) Let's say they were deathly afraid of all the cell phone cameras behind pointed at them by the people standing 20 feet way. If you feared for your safety from the crowd surrounding you, then why didn't you pepper spray the crowd? Why would you turn around and spray a bunch of kids sitting on the ground, doing nothing except looking at their feet? Here's another shot, right before the kids get pepper-sprayed. Notice how the cops are in fear for their lives from the very dangerous children sitting down quietly on the cement, doing absolutely nothing. This scene is what provoked them to pepper-spray the kids in this photo. And here's another photo. These are the same kids who are being pepper sprayed in the photos above. Look at these kids. This is the scene that caused the police to "fear for their lives" and attack these kids. (Not the terrorist fist jabs.) These are cops. They're trained in how to use their weapon with precision, and only when necessary. And we're to believe that these cops, in the heat of what appears to not be a very scary moment, accidentally attacked the people who WEREN'T threatening them? They used their weapon on the wrong crowd of people. This could have been their guns they were using - we've got cops who don't even know how to pick the right crowd of people to fire at. If they're this bad as cops, they should all be fired on the spot. . . .

November 18, 2011

Photo: Portland cops mace a young woman right in the face for no good reason

Does it seem like the cops in all these cities are focusing on the women first? At the Berkeley Sproul Hall attack, the cops clearing start beating the women first. And in all of the photos of macing and pepper spraying, it seems to be the women who get it first. What gives? Is this official police protocol or do all these cops just enjoy beating up women? Police State Photo of the Day - The Daily What

November 17, 2011

Bloomberg's Long War Against Protests

Bloomberg's Long War Against Protests - Politics - The Atlantic Cities
The first protest Bloomberg tried to suppress was against the impending invasion of Iraq on February 15, 2003. The city, citing only vague security concerns, refused to grant a permit to march, allowing only a stationary rally and cramming attendees into a narrow penned area. Hundreds of thousands of protesters were unable to get within earshot. During the Republican National Convention in 2004, the NYPD took an especially aggressive approach to handling protesters. Although there was not a single incident of protester violence, 1,800 arrests were made, many of them pre-emptively. (They were held until after the RNC ended and then released, often without charges.) The city has had to pay millions of dollars in settlements for wrongful arrests, but has successfully blocked efforts to force the release of records on what the NYPD was doing and why. Even more remarkable, the NYPD conducted an elaborate spying operation on potential protesters for a year before the RNC, traveling all over the country to attend meetings posing as activists. As The New York Times reported, "in hundreds of reports stamped N.Y.P.D. Secret, the Intelligence Division chronicled the views and plans of people who had no apparent intention of breaking the law, the records show. These included members of street theater companies, church groups and antiwar organizations, as well as environmentalists and people opposed to the death penalty, globalization and other government policies." In the wake of September 11, the NYPD put together an impressive, sophisticated operation to prevent terrorist attacks. But critics worry that the city is incapable of distinguishing democratic dissent from legitimate threats. Police habitually interrogated protesters they arrested about past protest activities until it was exposed that they were doing so, and they still monitor protests with a heavy hand."The NYPD is engaged in massive surveillance, they videotape every demonstration," says Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. "They did it at the RNC and they do it at Occupy Wall Street." . . .