This past weekend here in Los Angeles, we joined together to celebrate the 6 month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. It was terrible weather, we had a easy up hosting our welcome/food tent with literature and vegan chili, we had a tent with our peoples print lab being set up to screen print shirts, and a few other tents randomly set back against the fence. We were not blocking any walk ways, in fact DTLA is pretty quiet on weekends.
A officer entered, and was walking through the crowd shoulder checking everyone in his path, including myself. He was not a small man. He had stripes, as did many of the officers who later came to riot on us.
Someone climbed the fence into the small concrete park behind us, to get a drink from the drinking fountain. Not a great idea granted, but only a ticketing offense. They came on in force at that time, attacked the person who climbed the fence and all the protestors around him.
The following video shows a good portion of what happened that day. The arrests, our reactions, and the reality that peaceful protestors are being rioted upon by the police.
The world around us is quickly turning into a police state. We the citizens of planet earth are being controlled, or beat into submission. The people facilitating these beatings, have yet to realize the ones they serve do not serve them, they use them as nothing more than an expendable private army.
Another video I would like everyone to watch talks about this violence perpetrated upon the people. It shows clearly that you do not need to be breaking the law to be the victim of police brutality. Sadly I know this first hand. Please check out this video, and share it with everyone you know.
I have footage from M17 and also M19 where we were assaulted by the police. M19 was a rally against Police oppression. They targeted certain people and beat the rest of the people. Are we not to stand up to this? Are we not to defend ourselves with non violent tactics? Are we supposed to stop protesting and hide in our homes? Hell no. Get up, get out there and see first hand what the police in your community are doing. They won’t police themselves so we need to start watching them, and protecting ourselves and each other.