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March 05, 2013

Yet another Occupy Wall Street arrest tossed after video shows cops lied about everything

How hard is it for cops to just observe the facts and arrest people on the merits? Do they need to beat the fuck out of protesters and then file charges against the citizens for bruising their knuckles? Jury Finds Occupy Wall Street Protester Innocent After Video Contradicts Police Testimony [Updated: VIDEO] - New York - News - Runnin' Scared
In the first jury trial stemming from an Occupy Wall Street protest, Michael Premo was found innocent of all charges yesterday after his lawyers presented video evidence directly contradicting the version of events offered by police and prosecutors. Premo, an activist and community organizer who has in recent months been a central figure in the efforts of Occupy Sandy, was one of many hundred people who took part in a demonstration in Lower Manhattan on December 17 of 2011, when some protesters broke into a vacant lot in Duarte Square in an attempt to start a new occupation. . . . After watching the video, the jury deliberated for several hours before returning a verdict of not guilty on all counts. This isn't the first time someone arrested during an Occupy Wall Street march has gone free after video evidence undercut prosecutors storyline and sworn police testimony. Photography student Alexander Arbuckle was acquitted in May after a livestreamer's footage showed police weren't telling the truth about his arrest. Speaking after yesterday's verdict, Maurus said the case highlighted the significance of having the press, livestreamers and professional video journalists, present during demonstrations.

Police bash gay man's head in for jaywalking

At the one minute mark the cop picks up the guy and slams his face into the concrete sidewalk. Is that the punishment for jaywalking in Sydney? Or is this a hate crime? Joe. My. God.: Police Brutality Mars Sydney Mardi Gras

March 01, 2013

Innocent Americans held in solitary confinement for five months to pressure them to testify against vandals

Five months of solitary confinement! For refusing to snitch! How is this legal? "Nobody talks, everybody walks." Detainees in anarchist investigation released - latimes.com
SEATTLE — Two activists jailed for refusing to cooperate in a federal grand jury investigation of anarchists in the Pacific Northwest were released from prison Thursday after a judge ruled there was little chance they would change their minds. The detainees, Matthew Duran and Katherine Olejnik, were freed from a detention center south of here where they had been held for more than five months, mostly in solitary confinement. Officials had hoped to pressure them to testify about suspected anarchists believed to have vandalized a federal appeals courthouse in Seattle during May Day demonstrations last year. The pair have been the subject of public demonstrations and an appeal by the Seattle Human Rights Commission, which this month argued that holding them isolated for 23 hours a day with little human contact could cause permanent psychological injury. "We're glad that they're out of prison. They shouldn't have been there in the first place," said Kristian Williams, a spokesman for the Committee Against Political Repression. Williams represents one of dozens of groups that accused the Justice Department of targeting political movements in its investigation into anarchist-inspired property damage during recent anti-corporate demonstrations. "Nobody talks, everybody walks," became the slogan in social media posts demanding an end to civil contempt incarcerations targeting direct-action protests. . . .

Texas man freaks out at the sight of lesbian parents, beats woman half to death

The local police are refusing to label it as a hate crime. Joe. My. God.: TEXAS: Lesbian Suffers Broken Jaw In Playground Attack By Anti-Gay Parent
“When he walked up thinking it was father and mom with the kid, he wasn’t as angry,” said [girlfriend Hillary] Causey, 26, “but then when he figured out it was a female, he got like super pissed, and I don’t know why.” She said the man punched and kicked Scarber repeatedly, hurling homophobic slurs at her while she lay on the ground, unconscious. “He was like, ‘well if you think you’re a man… I’m going to treat you like a man,’” Causey said. “All she kept saying was, ‘I’m a female. I’m a female…' She never even had time to take her hands out of pockets to try and block herself.” Mesquite police haven’t caught the suspect. Officers aren’t convinced the attack meets the true qualifications of a hate crime, since the scuffle among children was the initial trigger. “At this point, we have no indication the assault occurred because of her sexual orientation,” said Lt. Bill Hedgpeth with the Mesquite police. “Regardless of motive, we want to catch them.”

Orlando cop smashes girl's teeth out then files charges against her

This guy should be in jail. Orlando Police Officer Assaults Woman