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Sunday, 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
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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:

Berkeley City Council will vote to honor Geronimo

Berkeley City Council will vote to honor Geronimo

By Berkeley City Council
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BERKELEY, Calif. -- (Nov 9, 2011) The Berkeley City Council will vote on a revised resolution from the City’s Peace and Justice Commission to honor the life and memory of the Chiricahua Apache leader Geronimo at its regular meeting on November 15, 2011.

The resolution quotes verbatim H. Res. 132 [111th]: Honoring the life and memory of the Chiricahua Apache leader Goyathlay or Goyaale, also known as Geronimo; of February 23, 2009.

In addition to acknowledging the heroic life of Geronimo, the resolution condemns the misuse of the name “Geronimo” by the United States federal government for military purposes, and recalls that Native American tribal governments requested a formal apology for the use the name Geronimo in reference to the assassination of Osama Bin Laden from President Obama earlier this year.

The resolution refers to Geronimo’s autobiography as an historic document appropriate for history curricula in U.S. schools.

The Council first considered the resolution at its October 25 meeting but held it off to the November 15 agenda so that a committee of Councilmembers including Linda Maio, Jesse Arreguin, and Kriss Worthington can refine the “resolved” section. At the October 25 meeting, the Council passed a separate resolution to End Racial or Ethnic Stereotypes in Team Names, Mascots and other Public Titles.

Original Resolution:

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Thousands defend Occupy Portland


Thousands turned out in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday night, Nov. 12, to protect the Occupy camp, after the mayor called for it to be cleared.
Update: Sunday: 10 am Pacific Time: Twitter:  is getting cleaned out by cops. Not enough people there to defend the tents. OccupyPortland 

The Portland Occupation will not end. It is simply evolving. The camps were going to be cleaned out  The  is the !
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(Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011) The Alameda Sheriff's Department continued to brutalize peaceful protesters this week, this time at the University of California-Berkeley. Meanwhile, in Portland, thousands turned out to defend Occupy Portland. In Denver, police continued to brutalize protesters on Saturday night, as hundreds of police attacked a handful of protesters with three tents. In San Diego, police choked a man in the night as they arrested him. Meanwhile, in Oakland, occupiers rallied in solidarity with Egypt. Police raided Occupy Salt Lake in Utah, and Occupy St. Louis in Missouri. on Saturday night.
As one woman said in Oakland on Livestream on Saturday night, "If you can transform Oakland, you can transform the world."

Police to Occupy Cal protester, after cracking his rib with baton blow: "You have no rights" From The Daily Californian: "For UC Berkeley graduate student Alex Barnard, the most disempowering moment of Wednesday night was not when he was repeatedly hit with a police baton, cracking one of his ribs. Instead, the most disturbing moment of his experience came afterward, when he says an officer told him he had 'no rights.'"

VIDEO: San Diego Police Choke and Arrest Man:

Occupy Oakland was served with several eviction notices on Saturday, Nov. 12:
Oakland eviction notice Sunday, Nov. 13:
Oakland police: 790 complaints about assault on Occupy Oakland
AP: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland police say they have received nearly 790 complaints from around the world about officers' actions during a tear-gas fueled clash with anti-Wall Street protestors last month.Oakland became a rallying point for demonstrators when an Iraq War veteran was injured on Oct. 25 as officers raided the encampment with tear gas and bean bag projectiles, arresting 85 people.
Occupy St. Louis Police Raid Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011

Twitter Photos from Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011
Police arrive with teargas at Occupy Salt Lake (Nov 12)

City workers prepare to clear Occupy Salt Lake (Nov 12)

Police make arrests at Occupy Albany NY (Nov 12)

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