Posts Tagged ‘tear gas’
Pepper-Spraying Protesters Is Just the Beginning: Here Are More Hypermilitarized Weapons Your Local Police Force Could Employ By arming local police departments with military grade equipment, domestic policing has come to resemble a combat operation with citizens as the enemy. November 22, 2011 | On Friday, November 18, a group of UC Davis students staged a sit-in to protect their Occupy encampment from destruction by a horde of riot police. Seated on the ground, the students defensively ... Full Story
NPR's Talk of the Nation looked at the tactics police are using against the Occupy movement. Guests include Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Norm Stamper, Chief of the Seattle police during the "Battle of Seattle" in 1999. Stamper says of his decision to use tear gas on the demonstrators, "Worst decision of my 34-year career." You can listen to or read the transcript of the program.
By Wim Laven Precedent There is an old adage for journalism: If it bleeds, it leads; we are reminded of this sentiment regularly. Earlier this year I wrote about our need to see Osama bin Laden’s body; the thirst for blood was alive and well after Muammar Gaddafi was killed as well. It is important to avoid such a reaction with the nonviolent Occupy Movement. Story On Tuesday Oct. 25, images of police in gas masks, armed with teargas, violently dispersing a crowd in Oakland California, ... Full Story
Call of Duty: Veterans Join the 99 Percent By Amy Goodman 11-11-11 is not a variant of Herman Cain’s much-touted 9-9-9 tax plan, but rather the date of this year’s Veterans Day. This is especially relevant, as the U.S. has now entered its second decade of war in Afghanistan, the longest war in the nation’s history. U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are appearing more and more on the front lines—the front lines of the Occupy Wall Street ... Full Story
The trend of the police state in the United States continues as Oakland police cause serious injury to marcher. Meanwhile Herman Cain says that the protesters should "Go Home and Get A Job." Cain's remarks illustrate the classic attitude of the haves verses the have-nots, perhaps best illustrated by a classic remark attributed to Marie Antoinette whose famous quote, "Let them eat cake." is the classic comment on the lack of understanding of the problems of the common people. While the queen ... Full Story