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Police club young woman riding bike at Oakland protest

From what I could see on the video, the Oakland Police Department have lost their friggin’ minds…

The Raw Story

Police officers knocked down and clubbed a young woman during an anti-police march in Oakland late Saturday night, and arrested six people.

Video of the incident uploaded to YouTube showed the young woman riding her bicycle towards a small group of officers. As she approached, officers shoved her to the ground and at least one clubs her with his baton.

Protesters quickly rushed to her aid, and dragged her away from police.

An “Occupy Oakland” press release said the “Fuck the Police” march was held to protest the “brutal campaign of repression” conducted by Oakland police to prevent protesters from re-establishing their camp in Frank Ogawa Plaza. It describes the City of Oakland as a “war zone.”

About 100 people marched from Frank Ogawa Plaza to the Oakland Police headquarters at 7th and Broadway, where more than 50 officers stood guard.

Police clashed with the protesters after some people threw bottles at the officers. Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said the protesters also broke patrol vehicle windows and vandalized a media van.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:


Occupy U.C. Berkeley Protesters Face Violent Confrontation With Campus Police (VIDEO)

There has to be a better method to control a crowd of peaceful protesters than this.  It’s outrageous and reckless on the part of U.C. Berkeley campus police…

The Huffington Post 

U.C. Berkeley students trying to set up an Occupy encampment faced a violent altercation with campus police, who arrested seven protesters and tore down tents along the campus’ Sproul Plaza Wednesday afternoon.

The police, wearing riot gear, clashed with students again Wednesday evening as they attempted to reestablish their camp.


The Berkeley students were gathering as part of a statewide ‘Occupy’ effort to unite against the cost of California’s higher education system. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau sent a letter to members of the campus Monday warning against engaging in such demonstrations. Birgeneau wrote:

Any activities such as pulling fire alarms, occupying buildings, setting up encampments, graffiti, or other destructive actions that disrupt with anyone’s ability to conduct regular activities — go to class, study, carry out their research, etc. — will not be tolerated. 

Indeed, as soon as the students had erected their first tents Wednesday, campus police descended on Sproul Plaza wielding batons and bean bag guns. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, students joined arms and chanted “Hold the line!” before the officers managed to break through and destroy their tents.

The footage shows police using their batons to beat protesters who resisted. “Stop beating students!” the demonstrators shout in retaliation. “Put the guns down!”

Doctoral student Shane Boyle, who was struck during the confrontation, told the Chronicle that “It really, really hurt – I got the wind knocked out of me.”

After the officers disbanded, the students quickly pitched their tents again and vowed to stay in the plaza all night. Take a look at footage from the incident below.

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10/27/11 – Keith Olbermann: Occupy, w/ Sgt. Shamar Thomas (and re: Scott Olsen) – Democratic Underground

OWS stands in solidarity with Occupy Oakland and the Iraq Marine veteran who was struck by a possible tear gas cannister or rubber bullet by Oakland police.

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Olbermann: Oakland mayor must fire police chief or resign

The Raw Story

Keith Olbermann on his show Wednesday night called on Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to fire the city’s acting police chief after officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse “Occupy Oakland” protesters.

Police in Oakland repeatedly clashed with demonstrators Tuesday. Early Tuesday morning, hundreds of police officers cleared the protesters out of Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. The “Occupy Oakland” protesters regrouped later that night and marched towards City Hall in an effort to reclaim the site.

Police claimed that some protesters threw rocks, bottles and fireworks at them, which resulted in the declaration of an unlawful assembly and the order to disperse. When the protesters refused to leave, police fired tear gas into the crowd. A Marine veteran was apparently struck in the head with a tear gas canister and is in critical condition.

Olbermann compared Mayor Quan to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who infamously cracked down hard on a protest during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

“There were dead men and women on the streets of this country, and no one wants to see that again,” he said.

“The mayor of any city is not out on the front lines with the cops, and not everything they do can be lain a the mayor’s feet,” Olbermann continued.

“But if one night a group of peaceable protesters exercising the rights given to them in the Constitution — and not rights made up by the cops, for the cops, like lawful command and imminent threat — if they are attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets, and the mayor’s only comments are to commend the police chief for a ‘generally peaceful resolution to the situation’ and after that claim ‘democracy is messy’ after the unprovoked actions of those police horrify a nation, she is endorsing and assuming for herself the responsibility for whatever havoc the out of control police officers have wrought.”

“Mayor Quan is left with two choices, she can dismiss the acting police chief… or she must resign,” he concluded.

Watch video, via MoxNews.com, below:

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Marine veteran’s skull fractured by police projectile at ‘Occupy Oakland’ protest

This is outrageous.  The Oakland PD may not have targeted this young man directly, but throwing “non-lethal” incendiary projectiles into the crowd was just wrong!

Raw Story

A Marine veteran protesting with “Occupy Oakland” sustained a skull fracture Tuesday night after being shot in the head with an unidentified police projectile.

Scott Olsen, a two-time Iraq war veteran and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, was at 14th Street and Broadway when he was struck in the head.

“We need medic!” one protester was heard screaming. “Medic! Medic!”

“What happened?” another asked.

“He got shot!”

As Olsen was carried away, he appeared unconscious and bloody, unable to even respond when asked his name.

He is currently sedated at a local hospital awaiting examination by a neurosurgeon.

“Scott was marching with the 99% because he felt corporations and banks had too much control over our government, and that they weren’t being held accountable for their role in the economic downturn, which caused so many people to lose their jobs and their homes,” said Keith Shannon, who deployed with Olsen to Iraq.

Police in Oakland last night repeatedly clashed with demonstrators who refused to disperse, even after every one of their repeated assemblies were declared illegal.

Early Tuesday morning, hundreds of police officers surrounded protesters at their small tent city in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. The police fired tear gas and beanbag rounds to clear the protesters, and arrested 97 people.

The two week-long demonstration was broken up, according to police, because of “continued violations of the law” including “numerous reports of fighting, assault and threatening/intimidating behavior.” Medical responders were denied access to the camp on at least two occasions.

The “Occupy Oakland” protesters regrouped later that night and marched towards City Hall in an effort to reclaim the site.

Police claimed that protesters threw rocks, bottles and fireworks at them, which resulted in the declaration of an unlawful assembly and the order to disperse. When the protesters refused to leave, police fired tear gas into the crowd.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, protesters threw paint at the officers and chanted, “This is why we call you pigs.” Some also set trash cans on fire.

The back window of a California Highway Patrol cruiser was also smashed.

More than 100 were reportedly arrested Tuesday night. Two officers were reportedly injured.

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