Scoville ratings: 500,000 – 2,000,000 – Most Law enforcement grade pepper spray
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The unprovoked pepper-spray attack on peaceful protester at UC Davis by Lt. Pike has now gone viral, being picked up even by the major news outlets that have so far offered cavalier and tepid coverage to the Occupy movement. Accordingly, the official police “spin” of the unprovoked pepper-spraying has begun. Charles J. Kelly, a former Baltimore Police Department lieutenant who wrote the department’s use of force guidelines, said pepper spray is a “compliance tool” that can be used on subjects who do not resist, and is preferable to simply lifting protesters. “When you start picking up human bodies, you risk hurting them,” Kelly said. “Bodies don’t have handles on them.” (How considerate of him to prefer chemical warfare as against traditional police work.) After reviewing the video, Kelly said he observed at least two cases of “active resistance” from protesters. In one instance, a woman pulls her arm back from an officer. In the second instance, a protester curls into a ball.
Each of those actions could have warranted more force, including baton strikes and pressure-point techniques. “What I’m looking at is fairly standard police procedure,” Kelly said. UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza said the decision to use pepper spray was made at the scene. “The students had encircled the officers,” she said Saturday. “They needed to exit. They were looking to leave but were unable to get out.” A similar statement suggested that the Officers were “cut off” from their “support.” The above statements are the Lies of a Gestapo Police State attempting to cover its collective ass.
The problems that we face here in Missoula are far different than those that befall the demonstrators in New York. The police brutality in major US cities has served to band the collective together making every account of false arrest, excessive force, and constitutional violation only cement our combined vitality. Police support here in Missoula has thus far meant finding any reason within our group that we can to bicker and gossip amongst ourselves, making mountains out of molehills at every chance we can. We bicker and squabble and gossip while our sisters and brothers are being shot in the streets o Yemen for participating in this worldwide demonstration.
While many are still confused about what this demonstration is, let me clarify once and for all what it is not. This is not merely a protest, as a protest would legitimize the establishment that has already been rigged against us should we use their ways of channeling our political anger. This movement is not the leftist –version of the tea party (formerly Taxed Enough Already before the Republican ticket hijacked them and turned them into a party); this is the largest mass movement in human history, clocking in over 2100 cities worldwide this the 21st of October, I ask, how can a worldwide movement be epitomized by American politics? It’s insane – the United States only accounts for a fraction of the world population – roughly 4.5% – so how can a worldwide movement be seen as liberal or democrat, republican or conservative? This movement is not political. This movement is not a sludge fund. This movement is not a baby-sitting service. This movement is not a flea market. This movement is not a pet-sitting service. This movement is not a soup kitchen or a charity. This movement is not a weekend retreat nor a seminar.
In the name of unity, may we as children learn to put our egos away and learn to grow up and work together for progress. Continue reading
Cops turn Violent, NYPD drag girl across the street.
Police Brutality @ Occupy Wall Street
UNEDITED – COP KNEE ON THROAT 9/24/2011 #OCCUPYWALLSTREET
In Washington DC 6 supporters of #OWS were arrested in the senate’s Heart office building for chanting loudly and unfurling banners calling for an end to overseas wars and for increased taxes on the rich. Blocks away occupiers at Freedom Plaza have obtained permits from the Parks Service to remain where they are for another four months. This four-month extension comes after their temporary permit expired and they announced that since they were occupying a public space, it was irrelevant whether the permit had expired or not, and they weren’t leaving. They’ve immediately started working on organizing think tanks to help create a new infrastructure for our country.
Chicago 21 protesters who were arrested for trespassing in two separate incidents – 16 were taken into custody for protesting at a downtown hotel where the conference for the mortgage bankers association was underway – five more people, women ranging in ages from 55 – 80 were arrested for taking garbage from a foreclosed home owned by Bank of America and dumping it at one of the bank’s branches.
Video footage has emerged of the mass arrests at an Occupy Boston protest Monday night. More than 100 people were detained after police raided an encampment in the early morning hours. The video shows police grabbing members of the organization Veterans for Peace who repeatedly shout at the riot police, “We are Veterans of the United States of America,” while riot police tossed the old men to the ground along with the American flag, beating a 72 year old veteran while trampling the flag in the street.
UM students on the Missoula County Court House lawn protesting corporate greed in the nation. They protest whenever they can between classes and work. Students have different reasons for their involvement, but they still show up everyday to take part in Occupy Missoula. UM News reporter Tara Oster and photographer Maegan Simmons found two students that seem willing to forgo sleep to be a part of the movement.
A link to A video interview with one student protester,
We of Occupy Missoula thank the anonymous individual who donated the Superior Septics portable toilet rentals .
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On Friday the 14th of October an AA meeting will be going on at 4:00 PM @ the wall tent. If you are struggling with substance abuse please consider attending, all are welcome.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2270467473812 — The Link to the video
video from the 1st general assembly in Missoula on Oct. 8, 2011, next general assembly is tonight at 5pm on the Missoula Courthouse lawn. Working group meetings at 4pm.
Update: the interview with Dr. Madrick has been posted at Plutocracy files:
Occupied Media: Interview with Jeff Madrick
Here’s the first segment:
Watch the rest of the interview at Plutocracy Files, or the OccupyMissoula YouTube channel.
Good work everyone – I’ve been busy getting an interview of Jeff Madrick – hopefully, we’ll be able to post it tomorrow. For those of you not familiar with Mr. Madrick, here he is:
John (Buckallew) , Taryn, Willow, and Wade,
I’ve hooked up with Paul Shockey (you can read our emails on the gmail acct). He’s a videographer and photographer who wants to help get us going on a livefeed, and get a youtube channel and flickr acct rolling. he’ll be at the occupation wed night and at the GA. hopefully you guys can meet and chat…