When you look past the Chronicle and Tribune's coverage of the police attack on Occupy Oakland, a different picture emerges. Cops throwing flash-bang grenades into the camp before they raided it. Cops tear-gassing reporters. Cops firing rubber bullets and bean bags at people.
It looks like the establishment press sort of forgot to mention all that, huh?
Police Raid Occupy Oakland, Push Me To The Ground - Kevin Army - Open Salon
Not wanting to be assaulted anymore, I retreated. I found a commanding officer and told him what had happened. He went to get an officer to help me file a complaint. As I stood there, I noticed all the mainstream media trucks packing it in. I asked another officer if it was OK if I was there. She showed me where media was allowed to stand, so I joined a small group of independent media like myself.
Next thing I knew, we were tear-gassed. That explains why the TV trucks left, and explains why they grouped us together.
Guess what folks? Tear gas fucking sucks. It hurts, it stings, it is nothing you want to experience. Of course, this made all of us alternative press folks run away from the tear gas. After that, the police refused to let any of us go back into the camp. Maybe if you had a press badge, but we know what happened to most of those people.
So tonight, the citizens right to peacefully assemble was halted. The media was tear gassed, and then not allowed to cover the story.