Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 13, 2011

US Police Brutalize Occupiers across the Nation

Police brutalized peaceful protesters in the Occupy movment on Saturday and Sunday, from North Carolina to Denver
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Photo Charlotte Observer
Police attack Chapel Hill, NC, with assault rifles
Police brutalized Occupy Denver protesters in Denver on Saturday and attacked Occupy Chapel Hill, N.C., protesters on Sunday with assault rifles. In Oakland on Sunday night, occupiers waited under the threat of a predawn raid on the site that has been repeatedly the site of police violence.

The good news came from Scott Olsen recovering from a skull fracture when he was struck by a police projectile at Occupy Oakland. "Update from Scott Olsen, who suffered a skull fracture at Occupy Oakland: "I'm feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. After my freedom of speech was quite literally taken from me, my speech is coming back but I've got a lot of work to do with rehab. Thank you for all your support, it has meant the world to me. You'll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we'll see you in our streets!"

Occupy Denver released a statement about the attack by police on Saturday, Nov. 12.
"Once again, the DPD reaffirms its position as the most violent police force in the United States. Officers assaulted demonstrators who were just standing on the sidelines. An officer waited until a protester turned around and hit him in the back three times. They assaulted people verbally, including threats to “break the teeth” of protesters. One officer told another officer to “SHOOT EM!! SHOOT EM NOW!” One protester was struck by an officer on a motorcycle and was hospitalized. Protesters were kettled and shot with pepper-balls, according to Colorado Street Medics, who found pepper-ball shells at the scene of last night’s incident. The shooting took place at 14th and Speer, eventually forcing the group to move to 16th St. Mall, where diners and theater-goers were present. "

From Portland, a friend responds about a peaceful protester injured by police. "Hospital won't comment on Justin James Bridges condition, but I talked to him directly moments ago. He said he got caught between crowd and garbage can, ended up on the ground, they pulled his arms around, put a knee in his back, thus aggravating his back which was already broken before meeting up with police. Then he couldn't get his feet under him so they dragged him. He asked for help but they ignored him, refused to loosen his hands. He did nothing but tell the officers that he loved them from the bottom of his heart, but that he was disgusted at them and ashamed of them. He might get out of the hospital tomorrow, though right now he still can't stand up under his own power.

While assaults were carried out across the nation on peaceful protesters, the mainstream media, including CNN, Reuters and CBS, produced coverage that sounded like police press statements and failed to provide coverage on the brutal police assaults on peaceful protesters.

San Diego: Police Choking Arrest

VIDEO Above: Bob O'Grady being arrested in the San Diego Civic Center Plaza for laying inside of his sleeping bag to stay warm while a group of non-violent occupiers from San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, Encinitas, and other transplants from various locations across the US pow-wow under an erected U.S. flag in the heart of the plaza; in celebration of Veteran's Day. SDPD uses excessive force to apprehend Bob, a SDPD officer uses a choking technique I never knew was legal in the continuum of force ladder. That must come after using a closed fist to assault the suspect in the face.
Portland Video Sunday:

Finally, an Hawaiin singer made his mark by singing an "Occupy" song unscheduled at an Obama dinner. "I was pretty nervous. In fact I was terrified," Makana, 33 said. Read more:'
Occupy Chapel Hill coverage in Charlotte Observer:

Screen captures from today at Occupy Portland livestreams:
Woman faces off with riot police in Portland

Portland removes tents with heavy machinery
A lighter moment in Portland before the police standoff

On Wednesday, Alameda Sheriff officers beat UC-Berkeley students. Young women were repeatedly jabbed in their stomachs with police nightsticks, as shown in this video:

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