Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

September 10, 2012

Police create crimes in Occupy Movement

Police infiltrators in Occupy Movement 'bag and tag,' identify and imprison, activists
Austin police infiltrators supplied the lock boxes for
the Occupy Houston protest in December.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Texas police officers not only appeared as members of the Occupy Movement in Houston, but Austin undercover police officers created the crimes that Occupiers in Houston are now charged with.

It is an alarming trend. In England, undercover police officers not only posed as social justice activists, but engaged in crimes and had sex with fellow activists, resulting in at least two children.

Now, in Austin and Houston, police infiltrators are exposed in a new trend, with multiple police officers posing as activists within the Occupy Movement. Earlier, among the first police officers exposed, in video, in the Occupy Movement was Oakland police officer Fred Shavies.

Democracy Now reported on the undercover officers in Texas.

"As Occupy Wall Street prepares to mark its first anniversary, members of Occupy Austin have discovered that their arrests on felony charges after a protest last December are directly linked to equipment provided by a police detective who infiltrated their group. The activists locked arms inside tubes made of PVC pipe that the police had designed, constructed and dropped off for the protest."

State District Judge Joan Campbell told prosecutors she was “floored” that the Austin police officer’s role in the protest wasn’t disclosed until now.

The Houston Chronicle reports, 'The bushy-haired, bearded protester called 'Butch' didn't say much during the Occupy Austin planning sessions. Instead, he took members aside and pressed them to turn to more aggressive tactics, not a surprising strategy for a national grass-roots movement that has spawned hundreds of arrests. It turns out that Butch, however, wasn't some wild-eyed activist intent on bringing down the top '1 percent.' He was actually Austin police detective Shannon Dowell, working undercover with two other officers who had infiltrated the Austin branch of the protest movement."

Earlier, Oakland police officer Fred Shavies was caught in uniform on video, after posing as an Occupy activist. After his exposure, the infiltrator did the back step, claiming he supports the Occupy Movement and was just doing his job. The video has had over 180,000 views:

The Guardian reports how police officer Mark Kennedy
posed as an activist for years and had multiple sexual
relationships while he was a poilce infiltrator.
Police infiltrators often snare the young, idealistic and naive in social justice movements, who are unaware of police tactics to identify and imprison activists.

Provocateurs often seem trustworthy and sincere, take charge, have cash to spread around, and often engage in intimate relationships with other activists. The result is that the activists who are snared into crimes -- of violence, destruction or obstruction -- by police infiltrators often serve lengthy prison sentences.

This point was made by the Guardian newspaper in its coverage of police infiltrators posing as activists.

"Two undercover police officers secretly fathered children with political campaigners they had been sent to spy on and later disappeared completely from the lives of their offspring, the Guardian can reveal."

"Last month eight women who say they were duped into forming long-term intimate relationships of up to nine years with five undercover policemen started unprecedented legal action. They say they have suffered immense emotional trauma and pain over the relationships, which spanned the period from 1987 to 2010."


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