My mom emailed this to me this morning. Thanks mom, but Jesus Christ this is fucking awful.
This is kind of a must read. Norm Stamper, a former Seattle police chief who was in charge during the WTO riots in 1999, offers an incredibly cogent takedown of police brutality towards Occupy protesters.
I read this aloud to Luke on the bus today because his phone was out of battery but mine wasn’t.
My support for a militaristic solution caused all hell to break loose. Rocks, bottles and newspaper racks went flying. Windows were smashed, stores were looted, fires lighted; and more gas filled the streets, with some cops clearly overreacting, escalating and prolonging the conflict. The “Battle in Seattle,” as the WTO protests and their aftermath came to be known, was a huge setback—for the protesters, my cops, the community.
And the other thing that needs to be established here is that, you know, we live in a world where people talk about the importance of public space. But most of the time the public is not allowed to be in that public space. What you’re showing is: people belong in this public space. And when we get in this public space, we can turn it from a public space into a commons. Into a political space. Where we can start to discuss and understand, and start to militate against the incredible, incredible concentrations of wealth and power.
David Harvey at Occupy LSX. (via Verso)
an 80 something year old lady was maced in the face. a pregnant woman was maced two or three times, then hit in the stomach with a bike. a priest was maced. so many fucking people were maced in the face for absolutely no reason. threatened with arrest for standing on the sidewalk. i didn’t get hit directly but it was/is in my contact lenses. it’s in all my fucking clothes and the beautiful scarf helena made me. f u c k cops
Oh my shit.
What’s funny is a dude I’ve clashed with before on the topic of Occupy Wall Street posted this on my facebook status about the raid today: “I find it funny how people seem to think the NYPD are keeping media out so they can use unnecessary force. One track mind.” and “I’ve seen countless videos of occupiers attacking police / being belligerent, as well as countless videos of police being rough with protesters. What’s happening here is that your bleeding heart is making villains of the NYPD. Which is on par with your general attitude towards the Occupy issue.”
It must be nice to not give a fuck about reality.
As the two men talked, a sweaty-faced man wearing a neon vest over a business suit walked up and started tearing protest signs off the wall. “I couldn’t wait,” he said. “Destroying things never felt so good.”
"Really," someone said, almost inflecting the word as a question.
"They’re fucking assholes," the guy in the suit shot back.