Caught on Camera: 10 Shockingly Violent Police Assaults on Occupy Protesters


Probably 97 percent of police act professionally toward protesters. But the other 3 percent are armed and dangerous, and know that they’re unlikely to be held accountable.

Occupations across the country have born the brunt of some violent police tactics, and in a world where everyone has a camera-phone, a lot of their brutish behavior has been caught in photographs and on video.

Police work is difficult and dangerous, and the majority of officers on the street behave like pros. When it comes to controlling crowds of angry protesters, they’re often put into tense situations and ordered to do things they may not want to do by commanders who are far removed from the scene. I’ve witnessed a lot of restraint from cops, which of course doesn’t make the news.

But being human, cops are also prone to fear and rage like everyone else. A minority of cops, like a minority of protesters, lose their cool in tense situations. The difference is that they aren’t amateurs – they’re well trained and have guidelines that they’re required to follow. When a cop loses his or her cool, it can be terrifying. And when a protester exercising his or her right to assemble and speak is a victim of excessive force, it also violates the United States Constitution…

More footage here


The world is watching…

Some food for thought:

I’d take the ammendment language concerning a well regulated militia as our paradigm, along with the clause about a citizen’s (that question of whether “citizen” should be plural or singular aside) right to bear arms, and apply the ambiguity of the language to contemporary circumstances. One might be lead to feel that an out of control militia – for that’s what these cops are – must be restrained by force of arms by an armed citizenry. We know how Homeland Security and other federal entities are attempting to unify the command, control and technology of police forces and the military. We can observe that in the Middle East, in both Syria and Egypt, where an out of control combo police/military thugism is hard at work. Non-violence is a dicey (chancey?) maneuvre.

In all of this, we must arrest and charge the “bad” cops, or fire their bosses, and force the resignation of the higher officials responsible, whether appointed or elected. OTHERWISE, my predilection would be for street justice, targeting the malefactors with good old fashioned eye for eye and tooth for tooth punishment. Concussions to their thick skulls. Whacks below the belt. Blow darts, squirt bottles, pressurized hair spray cannisters, whatever’s handy. Each of those lacks the element of being a “firearm”, but would make for great news gossip.