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Archives by Tag 'police brutality'
The Swing of That Truncheon Thing
RON JACOBS
While I truly empathize with the victims of the use of force by police against Occupy protesters these past few weeks, the fact that these acts of abuse occurred has served a very useful purpose.  For the first time in a long time, the role of police in a society that ca...
The People’s Police Commission
KEVIN CARSON
For years, the standard drill after a police beating or shooting, when it was a citizen’s word against a cop’s and the cop’s testimony was backed up by his Brothers in Blue, was “administrative leave” with pay for the cop — until a review board found “no evi...
Violence Goes to College
VIJAY PRASHAD
Before the assassin’s bullet cut him down, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., had been preparing his sermon for Atlanta’s Ebeneezer Baptist Church. The sermon was called “Why America May Go to Hell.” The theme of the sermon was simple, that the failure to address the a...
Obama’s Pepper Spraying Cops
DAVE LINDORFF
The growing number of video clips and photos showing police in Darth Vader-like riot gear assaulting peaceful demonstrators with everything from tear gas and mace to truncheons, point-blank shots with beanbags and rubber bullets, and of course the ubiquitous fist and club...
The Coming War on the Occupy Movement
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
As I begin to write this, Occupy Oakland circulates in a by-now familiar pattern: forced from the camp at the break of day, the occupiers reconvened as they have done before on the steps of the Public Library. Later, they will attempt to close a repeating circuit that str...
Police State Tactics
DAVE LINDORFF
The ugly hand of the federal government is becoming increasingly suspected behind what appears to be a nationwide attempt to repress and evict the Occupation Movement. Across the country in recent days, ultimatums have been issues to groups occupying Portland, OR, ...
The Book Dumpers
KATHLEEN PEINE
5,000 books at Occupy Wall Street were unceremoniously placed in a dumpster (now the NYPD claim it was simply a “sanitation truck”) during the inevitable nighttime raid. I say inevitable due to the moral decay of those in power in NYC.  These books were al...
The Post-Modern Bull Connors
PHIL ROCKSTROH
For days now, we have endured demonstrably false propaganda that the fallen soldiers of U.S. wars sacrificed their lives for “our freedoms.” Yet, as that noxious nonsense still lingers in the air, militarized police have invaded OWS sites in numerous cities, i...
U.C. Berkeley Chancellor Sends in Riot Police to Batter Students
MICHAEL LEVIEN
Berkeley The word ‘clash’ is often deployed in media coverage of protests that result in violence. Thus, the Thursday headline of U.C. Berkeley’s Daily Californian read: ‘Protesters, Police Violently Clash.’ The San Francisco ...
Exposing Cultural Myths at Occupy Oakland
SUSAN GALLEYMORE
What a welcome relief the Occupy movement’s trend of “leaderless” groups! True, this seemingly contradictory concept is difficult to absorb in a culture the promotes a leadership style that models the strongest, loudest, most persistent, and most vocal monopolizing ...
Portland Stands Up
BRUCE SCHREINER
Faced with a 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning eviction from the three city parks occupied for more than a month, Occupy Portland and its city supporters turned out in mass Saturday night and well into Sunday morning.  At their height around the midnight deadline, crowds swelled...
For the Fracture of Good Order
EMILY BRISSETTE
“Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children….” These were Father Daniel Berrigan’s words when he was on trial in 1969 for a draft board raid in Catonsville, Maryland. He and eight others had...
Rampant Police Brutality in England
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
London. For a dozen years they had marched peacefully to the street containing the residence of Britain’s prime minister, asking the current occupant of #10 Downing Street to investigate the scourge ripping at the soul of this nation. That scourge...
The Other One Percent
ISAAC LEV SZMONKO and ISAAC ONTIVEROS
On the morning of October 25, police from nearly twenty law enforcement agencies descended upon the Occupy Oakland encampment located outside city hall. They removed its occupants using chemical weapons, and arrested nearly 100 people before destroying the encampment. The...
What the Cops Really Did in Oakland
DENNIS BERNSTEIN
In a heavily armed pre-dawn raid, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with back up from armored vehicles and helicopters, the Oakland Police Department in conjunction, with over 15 other police departments from Northern and Central California, stormed the sleepy Occupy Oakland Encampmen...
Talking With Michael Moore on OWS
DAVEY D AND DENNIS BERNSTEIN
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 25, the heavily armed Oakland Police Department in conjunction, with 16 other police departments from all over Northern and Central California, stormed the Occupy Oakland Encampment, fully dressed in helmets, and riot gear, and ...
Going Down Fighting
SHEPHERD BLISS
Occupy Oakland won a resounding Oct. 26 victory by mobilizing 3000 people to respond to a police riot. They took down the police fence that exiled them from the plaza in front of city hall, set up tents again, and returned to dancing and receiving massage and acupuncture ...
Police Can Also be Traitors
JOE GIAMBRONE
“…or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -Amendment 1 This law that I believe all police swear to uphold has been vi...
We Shall Not be Moved
PHIL ROCKSTROH
Until recent events proved otherwise, the hyper-commercialized surface of the corporate state gave the appearance of being too diffuse–too devoid of a center to pose a threat of totalitarian excess. Accordingly, as of late, due to the violent response to OWS protest...
Oakland on Strike!
MIKE KING and GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
[Mike is reporting from the ground in Oakland, former Oakland resident George contributed political analysis] A major victory has been won. For only the second time in Oakland’s recent political history, mass action in the street has forced the hand of c...
Marine Down in Oakland
SHEPHERD BLISS
Marine Scott Olsen made it through two tours in Iraq without an injury, but back home in the United States he was critically wounded by a police riot. Heavily-armed police injured Olsen and other unarmed citizens on Oct. 25 when they attacked the non-violent Occupy Oaklan...
Yesterday in Oakland
KEN KNABB
This seven-minute video gives a pretty good brief impression of what happened in Oakland yesterday, following the police ...
Civil Rights Leaders Condemn Oakland Police Violence
CounterPunch Newswire
The Oakland Police Department (OPD) flagrantly violated its own Crowd Management and Crowd Control Policy and foundational principles of international human rights law during its dispersal on Tuesday morning of peacefully assembled citizens at Occupy Oakland. ...
The Fight for Autonomy in Oakland
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Oakland. In a pre-dawn raid Tuesday involving hundreds of officers drafted from seventeen departments across northern California, the notoriously aggressive Oakland Police violently raided and wiped out that city’s Occupy encampment. By sunrise...