First off, we have several blogger buds who attended their own OWS marches Saturday and have blogged about it. Suzan and Thunderboth attended the marches in their respective areas. To read their first person accounts, click the links in their names above. Suzan attended the Greensboro march and Thunder attended the Columbus march. Kudo’s to both of those Patriots! I adore you both for your commitment to the cause.
Next, the news of the week…at least in my opinion. As over 900 cities were marched upon, Police got shitty in quite a few. From VOA:
Police have arrested hundreds of protesters in several cities across the United States as the anti-corporate Occupy Wall Street movement continues to spread across the country.
In the midwestern city of Chicago, police on Sunday arrested 175 people who refused to leave a public park.
In Washington D.C., police arrested at least 19 people protesting on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.
More than 100 protesters were arrested across the western state of Arizona.
The arrests were mostly peaceful and came one day after tens of thousands demonstrated in cities around the world against what they see as corporate greed.
The vast majority of those protests Saturday were peaceful. But there was violence in Rome, where hundreds of hooded, masked demonstrators hurled rocks and bottles, setting fires and smashing bank and shop windows. More than 70 people were injured.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said the violence was a worrying sign for civil society. It was one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the Italian capital in decades. Rome’s mayor, Gianni Alemanno, says repairing the damage could reach $1.4 million.
In London, several hundred protesters have established a camp site just outside St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is adjacent to the British capital’s financial district.
Protesters also have turned out in Australia, Asia and South Africa. The demonstrators are seeking to focus attention on what they see as corporate greed and economic inequality, the increasing gap between the rich and poor across the globe.
Doesn’t it make you smile m’dear reader? Knowing that the movement is growing in spite of everything being done by various law enforcement agencies to shut them all down. As far as I can tell, only the Rome occupation, which was totally intended to be non-violent, was taken over and turned into a violence-laden nightmare.
The level of Police Brutality is growing as well. There are daily reports coming out of NYC about the fuckery being pulled by a select few in the NYPD, which many view as a disgusting attempt to egg on the protestors into becoming violent. From The Guardian, the story line on the cop that now has two separate brutality incidents caught on video:
A lawyer acting on behalf of an Occupy Wall Street protester who was allegedly assaulted by a New York police officer on Friday has called for an investigation into the behaviour of the deputy inspector involved after video evidence appeared to show the same officer engaging in the rough handling of a woman protester in an earlier incident.
Ron Kuby, a Manhattan-based criminal defence lawyer who specialises in cases of alleged police brutality, has written to the New York district attorney Cyrus Vance calling for a “full, complete and lengthy investigation” into Friday’s incident. He said that his client, Felix Rivera Pitre, would co-operate fully with any such investigation.
Video footage of the scuffle first posted by the Gothamist website appears to show the white-shirted police officer grabbing Rivera from behind, swinging him round and then punching him in the face. Rivera falls to the ground, suggesting that the punch had considerable impact.
The officer has been identified in news reports as deputy inspector Johnny Cardona. Over the weekend, new video evidence emerged relating to an earlier controversy which also appears to have involved Cardona.
The NYPD has not said a word about this bag of shit, or his actions caught on video. The fact that his actions are being reported in a British newspaper is also important, as it speaks to the fact that the ever-increasing police brutality in NYC is being watched by the entire world.
Another point being made is how the police appear to entrap the NYC occupiers at various sites. From the Gothamist:
Yesterday, thousands of protesters descended upon Times Square and took it over for several hours during one of the biggest Occupy Wall Street rallies to date. There were 45 arrests at the mostly peaceful event, and 92 arrested altogether in NYC over the course of the weekend. But one reader sent us a video alleging that cops entrapped at least one protester. Check out the video below.
The video, taken by Andrew Matsumoto at 46th street and 6th avenue last night, is what he calls “direct evidence of the police using entrapment to make an arrest against a citizen who was completely within their rights and being calm and cooperative.” Read his full description of the circumstances leading up to the arrest, and watch the video, below.
Prior to this video Tim Petryni (the man who was arrested) was denied access to 46th street. When he asked the police officers for a permit they said that they didn’t have one. To which he replied that they had to present a permit in order to close the street. Afterwards they agreed to let him through. He asked the officers multiple times if he would be detained if he tried to walk to which they said no, that he wouldn’t. Once he crossed them they immediately arrested him. This is a case of entrapment by the police and a complete disregard of a citizens rights.
Occupiers said the same thing about the march and mass arrests made on the Brooklyn Bridge a week or so ago. My view is that the NYPD is trying to incite the occupiers into turning violent. What else could it be?
Of course it isn’t all the police officers..its just the few bad apples syndrome. I come from a long line of law enforcement folks and I firmly believe that the vast majority of police officers are good and just individuals. But..it only takes a couple to trash the reputation of an entire force.
And that makes me sad…and very fucking angry.
Below are two short videos of deputy inspector Johnny Cardona doing everything he can to incite a riot.
According to the Guardian writeup, the NYPD official line is that the occupiers provoked the cops in all instances caught on video.
Right…of course they did. Making the victims the perpetrators is total bullshit when there is plenty of video evidence and eyewitness accounts to the contrary.