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John F.Kennedy was a very astute, insightful, and wholistic person… If we don’t listen to him and correct our mistakes, if we don’t obey the call of our higher selves to find equitable solutions to our common problems, who will we listen to?

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Interview with a pepper-sprayed UC Davis student

By  at 1:58 am Sunday, Nov 20

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

22-year-old UC Davis student W. (name withheld by request) was one of the students pepper-sprayed at point-blank range Friday by Lt. John Pike while seated on the ground, arms linked and silent.

W. tells Boing Boing that Pike sprayed them at close range with military-grade pepper spray, in a punitive manner. Pike knew the students by name from Thursday night when they “occupied” a campus plaza. The students offered Pike food and coffee and chatted with him and other officers while setting up tents. On Friday, UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi told students they had to remove their #OWS tents for unspecified “health and safety” reasons.

“Move or we’re going to shoot you,” Pike is reported to have yelled at one student right before delivering pepper spray. Then, turning to his fellow officers and brandishing the can in the air, “Don’t worry, I’m going to spray these kids down.”

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

XJ: So, we see in the videos and photos that you were one of the students pepper-sprayed by Lieutenant John Pike yesterday. How are you doing today?

W: I still have a burning sensation in my throat, lips and nose, especially when I start coughing, or when I’m lying in bed. Everyone who got sprayed has sustained effects like this.

XJ: Can you tell us how it happened, from where you were sitting?

W: I’d pulled my beanie hat over my eyes, to protect my eyes. I received a lot of pepper spray in my throat. I vomited twice, right away, then spent the next hour or two dry heaving. Someone said they saw him spray down my throat intentionally, but I was so freaked out, and I was blinded by my hat, so I can’t verify. I did get a large quantity of pepper spray in my lungs.

Another girl near me who has asthma had an attack triggered by the pepper spray, and she was taken to the hospital.

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

He used military grade pepper spray on us. It’s supposed to be used at a minimum of 15 feet. But he sprayed us at point blank range. Another student, 20 years old, who was sprayed and then arrested—instead of receiving medical care for the pepper spray exposure, he was made to wait in the back of a police car. His hands were sprayed, and he had intense burning in his hands throughout the evening while he was being held. He asked a police officer what they could do to stop it, and they refused to give any advice.

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

XJ: Take us back to what led up to that moment. Friday’s protest wasn’t an isolated expression, or the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement on the university campus, right?

W: We’d been protesting at UC Davis for the last week. On Tuesday there was a rally organized by some faculty members in response to the brutality on the UC Berkeley campus, and in response to the proposed 81% tuition hike.

One of the reasons I am involved with #OWS, and advocating for an occupy movement on the UC campus, is to fight privatization and austerity in the UC system, and fight rising tuition costs. I think that citizens have the right to get an education regardless of economic condition. Most people are not going to get a job where they can afford to pay off student loans. But to exclude people from knowledge is unconscionable.

The #OWS movement is global, but it’s expressed locally in ways that are relevant to each city. People who are in NYC go to Wall Street. Oakland takes the port. At Davis, we have a university.

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

So the Tuesday protest was one of the biggest rallies on the campus since tuition hikes in 2009. That protest ended with a march around the campus, which led us to the administrative building. Sort of spontaneously, we all decided to occupy an area on the grounds and we stayed the night. The administration allowed it. I had a wonderful conversation with Lieutenant Pike that night. I dialogued with him for a while. He was cordial to me. He knew me by name. We offered him coffee and food.

We have a food collective, and we are organizing to feed the occupiers with food we grow at the student farm. It was all really lovely.

On Wednesday there was the big protest in San Francisco, and striking at the UC regents meeting over the proposed 81% tuition increase next year. The regents actually canceled their meeting because they knew we were coming, and they have since decided to do it by teleconference next Monday so we can’t disrupt them.

UC Davis police cleared out the 15 or so protesters who remained in Mrak Hall while the rest of the occupiers had left for the demonstration in San Francisco.

We had another rally on Thursday, with a big General Assembly. We decided to have an occupation against the injustices we were facing, and on Thursday night there were 35 tents set up, with more planning on coming.

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

It was beautiful. We we had food, we sang songs, students were tutoring other students. We were talking about important issues, dialoguing over issues affecting our campus.

Chancellor Katehi agreed to let us waive the “no camping on campus” policy that night, and allowed us to stay there.

That same night, we went to the associated students of UC Davis student government meeting on campus, and we asked them for a resolution for peaceful protest without police intervention. We wrote it, they passed it, and we now had the support of the student body to have this protest, which was great.

The next morning we woke up, made breakfast, and had a lovely morning.

Pretty early on, before noon we got a letter from chancellor Katehi to please remove our tents, citing health and safety reasons, but not saying what those reasons are.

We took the letter, and replied more or less: look, we understand we’re in violation of the camping code. But we believe that this is superseded by our first amendment rights.

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

On Friday, they delivered another letter: at 3pm your tents will be taken down. This letter was not signed, it was just one paragraph in a big ugly font. Not on letterhead.

“We are demanding you remove these tents by 3pm,” it read, “You need to move to another area on the campus so we can remove these tents, and if you do not comply you will be arrested.”

We talked amongst ourselves, and decided that we were going to stay. We spent the next few hours talking about tactics so our tents wouldn’t get stolen. Maybe we’d go to the Occupy City of Davis camp, and just keep migrating so they couldn’t take us down.

And then, at around 330pm Friday, riot police. A lot of them showed up. We saw them and put our tents in the middle of the area. We’d been keeping the paths clear keeping space immaculately clean, feeding everyone who was hungry who came by… we tried to talk to the campus groundskeepers and tell them that we understood they need to do their job. We offered to move our tents so they could water the lawn. We wanted not to disrupt unnecessarily.

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

When the riot police came, we put our tents in a circle. We walked around in a circle, and said nothing hateful towards the police. Maybe one guy chanted, “Fuck the police” a few times, but it died down right away. None of us wanted to chant against the police.

And then the police officers rushed in.

We were chanting so loud we couldn’t hear any order to disperse. And with no warning, moving incredibly violently, they seized a few students.

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

They handcuffed the students so tightly. One kid, later on they were unable to cut off his ties, they’d been tied so tight. One of the other students couldn’t feel his hands they were so purple, his circulation was cut off so badly for so long. He took himself to the hospital after he was released from the zip-tie restraints. They told him he had nerve damage and not to expect to be able to feel his hands for the next week. He has to come back next week to see if there was permanent nerve damage in his wrists.

We came back to the area after that round of arrests. That’s when the recording for most of the video you see on the internet was started.

We yelled, “clear these tents,” we didn’t want them to take our tents. Aside from refusing the order to disperse, the only rule we were breaking was camping on campus. But since we had the first night waived by Chancellor Katehi, we really hadn’t even broken university policy, she waived the code.

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

So, everyone removed the tents, and they were in the process of arresting more people. A collective decision was made on the fly to just sit in a circle arms linked legs crossed, with police officers and “prisoners” in the middle because we didn’t want them arresting only 3 of us. It wasn’t fair that 50 of us were there, and only a few arrested who hadn’t volunteered to be arrested. There was still one walkway open that the police were going to use to walk the arrestees out. I saw some friends of mine sit down there, and they were my friends, so I joined them. We linked arms, legs crossed.

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

We were never warned that we were going to be pepper-sprayed.

Lt. Pike walked up to my friend, and I am told that he said, “Move or we’re going to shoot you.”

Then he went back and talked to a few of his police officer friends. A couple of other officers started to remove people who were sitting there, blocking exit. Pike could have easily removed us, just picked us up and removed us. We were just sitting there, nonviolent civil disobedience.

But Pike turned around and I am told that he said to the other officers, “Don’t worry about it, I’m going to spray these kids down.”

He lifts the can, spins it around in a circle to show it off to everybody.

Then he sprays us three times.

As if one time of being sprayed at point blank wasn’t enough.

I was on the end of the line getting direct spray. When the second pass came, I got up crawling. I crawled away and vomited on a tree. I was yelling. It burned. Within a few minutes I was dry heaving, I couldn’t breathe. Then, over the course of the next hour, I was dry heaving and vomiting.

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

More people were arrested, then. One other person told me he was pepper sprayed while he was on the ground subdued. They tried to go up his shirt, because he’d pulled his shirt over his face to protect himself. So they aimed it up his shirt to spray him, to make sure he got it.

XJ: Chancellor Katehi finally gave a press conference tonight about that incident.

W: I was the first one there. I went right up to her and introduced myself. “I’m an undergrad here. I’m a victim of police brutality,” I told her. “The police sprayed pepper spray down my throat. I do not feel you have done your job protecting me on your campus. I hold you personally responsible for inflicting pain on me.”

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

XJ: What do you want from Katehi, and the UC system?

W: I can’t speak on behalf of the movement, I can only speak on behalf of myself. But I personally request that Chancellor Katehi and Lt. John Pike resign. We have a petition out there already. I request that a mechanism be set up for the impeachment of chancellors, and a system for democratic election of our chancellors. There is no good reason why students and faculty don’t make that decision. Even when a chancellor makes a decision likes this, they feel safe, because they’ve been appointed by the regents, and the goal of the regents is to make more money. They sit on the boards of big institutions like Bank of America, they are the richest of the 1%, and they’re using this institution to fatten their pockets and they’re putting students into debt to do that.

There will be a large rally on Monday at UC Davis, and I invited her to take part in our GA, if she’s willing to speak to us on our terms and operate on consensus method with no power dynamics.

She made a promise right there, on video, to come to our meeting.

I think she has done a terrible misdeed and that she and Pike should resign immediately so we can figure out a better way to run this institution.

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.

Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie.






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  • The abuse that has been happening by police over something that they should not be standing up for is just disgusting. Do the police not realize how bad this is going to come back onto them and that they are on the wrong side of this problem. It’s the 60’s anti-war protests all over again and I feel that things will get worse, with people dying, before the police and their brutality are stopped. Democracy is at stake in America. Time to end the Corporatocracy.
  • Lt. Pike is obviously crazy, Chancellor Katehi may have ultimate organizational responsibility for his actions, and there is a very good case they should resign and face charges for their actions.But Lt. Pike must not be singled out as a ‘bad cop’. All the other police there did nothing to stop him, and are all just as guilty.
  • What kind of SICK liveform is this Lt. Pike?????????
    Don’t think he’s married, has children, a pet.
    But knows every pizza in his neighborhood!!
  • mirogster Today 02:43 AM
    Unfortunately, it’s a matter of time when KSU ’70  scenario will happen. Police strategy is to brutalize and provoke OWS protesters.
  • hypersomniac Today 02:48 AM
    People outside of Northern California may not realize how politically active UC Davis has been for some time. It it unfortunate that recognition had to come in this form. I hope this grows on your campus and everywhere else in this country. Fuck football. I’ve seen enough of that shit. What I haven’t seen is peaceable assemblies en masse. Until now. Go aggies! The first time I ever tried jungle juice and was cheated on by a woman was on your campus. Haha. Has nothing to do with anything, but keep fucking fighting.
  • You refer to him as “W”, but his name is in the interview: “My name is W- and I’m an undergrad here.”
  • DeargDoom Today 03:17 AM
    I think the protesters were very smart, very disciplined and very brave and I think they stand a good chance of getting the chancellor to resign.That being said I have often found the amount of deference police officers are given in America to be a peculiar national trait. Feeling that you have to insist that you didnt verbally abuse someone who went on to abuse his authority to a sickening extent seems crazy to me. Surely this deference is going to end for a generation at least.
  • That_Anonymous_Coward Today 03:34 AM
    Until someone arrests this “officer” the concept of law is broken.Those charged with upholding the law should be held to a higher standard but so far in all of the cases of the police assaulting protesters and violating the law have been glossed over.
    If you will not even hold them to the same standard you demand of everyone else, you want the system to fail.
    You allow them to heap abuse on those you feel are less than you, and then click your tongue as those people reach their breaking point and lash out.  You then go on and on about those stupid people not listening to the police, and using it to justify treating them like crap.There are so many steps for them to make sure the officers rights are protected, do you really need to review the video and photos more than once?
    This is someone on a power trip, who was hoping to get the crowd to be violent so they would be justified in their tactics.
    He needs to be suspended, and then arrested.One wonders how the raid on Liberty Park would have changed had the OWS protesters taken this page from the playbook, to stand up and refuse to sink to the level they want to show the Fox News cameras.
  • jtegnell Today 04:07 AM
    When comparing this to Kent State — at the time 58% of Americans felt the students were to blame, and only 11% felt the National Guard was to blame.Why would anything be different now? If anything, we have become much more tolerant of excessive police force.
  • The Gunner Today 04:26 AM
    “To Protect and Spray” – T shirts please…
  • Yes, the “just following orders” excuse is something we’ve agreed not to put up with. But if you look at officer Pike’s body language, he was truly following orders. He didn’t want to spray those kids. I know I’ll get torched for saying this, but in this case I don’t think he’s really the aggressor we should be looking for. Someone else made the decision about how the protesters were to be “handled,” and that’s the person towards whom we should be directing our anger. Someone who was smart enough not to be videoed giving the order.
  • That_Anonymous_Coward Today 04:31 AM in reply to jtegnell
    Because now the talking heads of media are still making jokes about the protesters, and making sure that they report on the violence running right up to the line of suggesting the protesters did it.
    The talking heads do the thinking for far to many people in this country.
    The talking head tells them that the OWS people are kids just bored and not wanting to work, that they want the government to take money from you poor average people and give it to them.
    The talking head tells them that the OWS are pooping on the street and making everyones life more difficult.
    The talking head tells them that OWS is a joke that needs to be stopped or babies will get aborted!
    The talking head tells them it is perfectly ok to take away the rights of these people, because you good people who listen will still be allowed those rights (as long as you don’t ever try to use them.)If you think this is bad, you should have seen the coverage of the BART protest, where people were angry and wanted the protesters jailed.
    Because free speech is a good thing, until it slows down my commute… then its a freaking crime and we need jack booted thuggery.
    As long as they can keep us focused on whats good for a single person above what is good for all people, the more people who will believe the lie that anyone different, who does not accept the lies, who exercises the rights we are supposed to have is just a trouble maker who should be stopped.Freedom is not always clean, neat, orderly.
  • Whether he was “following orders” or not is irrelevant, to me at least, but I am curious, do you think his orders actually included the command to spray from such close range?
  • I request that a mechanism be set up for the impeachment of chancellors, and a system for democratic election of our chancellors. There is no good reason why students and faculty don’t make that decision

  • Remember the Milgram experiment? Seen The Reader? At what point is it an officer’s job to question the orders as wrong?Bush no doubt gave orders to water board people but that doesn’t let everyone down the chain of command involved off the hook for carrying out those orders. At some point someone has to grow a brain and realize what they’re doing is wrong and take the consequences of going awol on the orders.Of course, more easily said than done (especially in a comment thread). I was involved in a replication of the Milgram experiment in the 1970’s (before I’d heard about it) and I shocked the shit out of the subject, so I have no legs to stand on either. Still, I admire the few people who have enough guts to recognize that what they’re doing is wrong and at the very least, not do it, at most, attempt to stop it from happening at all. 40 people liked this.
  • Miss Cellania Today 05:33 AM
    So let me get this straight… the university chancellor was concerned with health and safety issues ….so they send the protesting students to the hospital with chemical injuries. Alrighty then.
  • I’m waiting for their justifications to not just be assbackwards, but fully circular.”We had to remove those protestors for their own protection.  After all, there was a violent, disturbed man spraying people with chemical weapons there, so it clearly wasn’t safe for them to remain.”
  • akputney Today 05:40 AM
    As a Davis class of ’77 alum, while horrified at the pepperspray incident, my overwhelming reaction is one of pride for the manner in which the Aggies stood firm until the police backed off. “You can go! You can go! We won’t follow you! You can go!” There’s the message that ought to be broadcast far and wide. A great show of courage and principle. This may be the most important lesson that they learn in their tenure at UCD. “It’s our University!” Indeed.
  • Richard Lord Today 05:41 AM
    Move or you will be arrested, then if and only if they resist arrest can force be used, ONLY enough force to arrest. That is legal. MOVE or we will assault you, that is in no way a lawful order. The use of pepper spray in California is ILLEGAL if it is not used in self defense, the law is the law, There is NO exception in the law for police. This officer needs to do jail time along with the others who conspired to commit assault.  WILL he be arrested cuffed as per proper police procedure, will he be booked and placed in a cell like any other citizen accused of a crime. NO because despite the constitutional prohibition of the creation of a separate class WE have one. THE DA should do jail time if he refuses to prosecute. California Penal Code Section 12403.7 (a) (8)(g) Any person who uses tear gas or tear gas weapons except in self-defense is guilty of a public offense and is punishable by imprisonment in a state prison for 16 months, or two or three years or in a county jail not to exceed one year or by a fine not to exceed one
    thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment, except that, if the use is against a peace officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2, engaged in the performance of his or her official duties and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a peace officer, the offense is punishable by imprisonment in a state prison for 16 months or two or three years or by a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment.
  • Out of interest who are the guys cleaning up the students?  Medical folks or Police people brought in to clean up after their brutish colleagues?
  • Hi folks,Out in the open and not to simply be inferred (because I peruse BoingBoing), I wholeheartedly support NV civil disobedience.  That is our right.  Esp. that which we are seeing today on campuses nationwide.A couple of minor clarifications ref. the interview above.  For background, I have been OC sprayed 4 times.  Minimum deployment distance is generally 2 to 3 feet due to the possibility of ocular damage.   Also, LE pepper spray ranges from .02% to 1.3% concentration.  Most civ and mil LE uses.07%.  Either way it sucks for about an hour, then mildly sucks for a couple more.  If its hot out or humid, it sucks worse.The OC is contained in an oil mixture.  Lots of flowing water and mild detergent work best for decon.   Don’t use a dunk type tank as it collects the oil and transfers it to your neck or other sensitive areas.  Hold your head forward and to the side to not contaminate your privates.  Please try not to let the oil spread to your nether regions.Also, be aware of where the Supreme Court places OC spray use on the “continuum” of police use of force.  It is very low…   Maybe rightly so, OC doesn’t break arms or cause gaping wounds.  And when you compare “riots” overseas, understand the relative difference between police/army use of force here and abroad.The Supreme Court also has set pretty firm limitations on “where” we can exercise our 1st Amend rights.  This is the root of many of the “violent” confrontations in the past couple weeks.  In other words, that’s usually the legal justification for many of the recent police actions.  I guess the SCOTUS and the Court of Public Opinion are different though so go at it.  Just be smart about it.  That’s it.Be safe you all,
  • Using the Milgram experiment as a defence, and then claiming that folks need to grow a brain is a bit of an oxymoron.  The point is that, psychology, that’s how most people respond to authority, it’s not about growing a brain, if you wanted to stomp it out you’d need to fundamentally change the mental makeup of the human being.It doesn’t make it any easier to condone these actions though, and I’m pretty sure that accountability factors into the psychology, i.e. if officers thought that they might actually be punished for breaking the rules (which aren’t defined by their superiors, but an independent body) then they might be a little more cautious about how they treat people.
  • I kept shouting this at the Chancellor in my head when I read the original memo she sent out.  She must have said ‘health and safety’ a bagillion times in it, and yet at no point did she consider that the gravest instance of health and safety non-compliance was sending in an armed gang to disperse peaceful, intelligent students from a small piece of land.If she’s not stupid, then she’s certainly incompetent.
  • electricworry Today 06:09 AM
    You mean the body language of a guy calmly walking up and down a row of 20ish skinny college kids sitting down, spraying them at point blank range multiple times? No, a person just following orders to disperse that line would not have done it in the way Pike did it.He may have been following orders, but he’s a lieutenant of a campus police force. Probably not too many people above him on the chain of command, and he looks to be the senior officer on site (judging by the rest of the pictures). So if anyone had the ability to question those orders, it would have been Pike. And obviously you didn’t read the interview; he was showing off just before he did it.Yes, he was probably following orders, but that only means that the people who gave the orders, assuming they were direct orders to spray protesters at point blank range, need to be called to account too
  • Nathan: I’m not using it as a defense (again, I was part of it, how can I?), I’m using it as a piece of the puzzle of how this stuff happens.It’s a rare person who can step outside of a chain of command and take action. I wish I were such a person but in fact, I’m pretty sure I’m not, even though sitting here on the sidelines I know that spraying pepper spray on the students was wrong no matter where the order came from.When you say “rules” its tough to know which rules are THE rules. The rules of command? The rules of human decency?
  • this is absolutely sickening, disgusting and wrong. Those Nazi cops should lose their jobs, including their health insurance! They have already lost their dignity.
  • Demand your rights and keep demanding, or someone will assume they do not exist. It shouldn’t have to be that way but it is.
  • Until the press stops writing things like, “OWS Protesters Clash With Police, ” this stuff will continue. This and virtually all other occasions prove where the “clashing” and violence is really coming from. If you can’t physically be a part of the protests, then contact the media and demand they tell the truth about who’s clashing with who.
  • What the Tony Baloneys of this world seem to forget is that if those who swore an oath to “protect and serve” refuse to reign in those who assault a peaceful populace then someday the people will.
  • Plus, being a lieutenant means he is in a leadership position, which means he is the boss of a lot of those officers.  So that also implies that this is just Standard Operating Procedure for this use of force.
  • I’m not sure that it is an oxymoron. The Milgram experiments demonstrated that the test subjects had a propensity to follow orders blindly, even if they knew they were causing harm, but they did not demonstrate an absolute compulsion to follow orders that could not be resisted. Later variations on the experiment showed that certain manipulations in the set-up could reduce compliance, so this is not an irresistable behaviour. Leaving aside arguments as to whether it is nature, nurture or a combination, the results showed the tendency for people to blindly obey people in authority, but with that knowledge people can be forewarned. It is not unreasonable to expect people to be aware that they can be easily manipulated, and if they are being asked to follow an order that seems morally unreasonable, to question whether they should follow that order, “grow a brain”, as it were. I’m not suggesting it would be trivial, but training to promote this sort of thinking should be baked-in to the police training process.That said, I’m not sure it is valid to invoke the Milgram experiments here. The subjects in those experiments generally exhibited some opposition to what they were being asked, even if they did eventually comply. Lt. Pike seems to be revelling in what he is doing. I also find it very hard to believe that he was following a specific order that instructed him to follow that exact course of action. Yes, there would have been an order to clear the protestors, but he chose to interpret the order in that manner. If we’re looking for an experimental model of this situation, I would suggest that the Stanford Prison Experiment perhaps provides a closer analogue.
  • The next step here is to get in front of the courts. The chances are slim it will go in front of criminal courts since the police will clear themselves. This case might make it to the criminal level. But it has to go in the civil courts and it has to be highly public.
  • I asked a medically retired cop what training she received on evaluating the legality of orders. Her answer was none.Military personnel do get trained on the concept that some orders are illegal and they should be disobeyed.I think we should be asking what training police receive when they are indoctrinated and what sort of refresher training and updates they get on an ongoing basis.
  • I can’t believe you’d think that your constitutional rights to peaceful assembly trump campus code!  Clearly your chancellor is a more powerful authority than the rights granted to you in the First Amendment.  You should know better than to question petty authority figures!  Seriously though, the victory of the students is clear & apparent.  The police behaved like thugs, & the UC Davis protestors utterly crushed them with non-violence & ideology.  Crazy, right?  But it happened.  If the chancellor steps down, then I’d recommend UC Davis as a university to anyone– seems like a great community of students.  If she doesn’t, well, then I guess I’d have to condemn the school for enshrining officials who hurt their students– I can’t really recommend to anyone that the attend.  Let the potential tuition dollars talk.
  • This is the rub with authorities declaring Occupy presents some nebulous threat to public health and safety.The authorities invoke this nebulous threat to public health and safety ask justification for an attack by the police, an attack which is a specific threat to the physical well being of demonstrators and officers alike.Are the authorities motivated by safety? Suppressing the message? Or do they simply feel they have to show they are “in charge”?
  • In addition to having a corrupt and dysfunctional economic and political systems, we have corrupt and dysfunctional media.Remember, our corporate media has never held accountable the people who lied us into invading Iraq.The corporate media has never held accountable the Bush administration and telecoms that illegally tapped the phones of U.S. citizens.The corporate media has never held accountable in specifics the financial sector companies that perpetrated fraud. Although they are willing to let the right push the idea that government is to blame and that poor Blacks and Latinos did it through the Community Reinvestment Act.OWS is a movement that criticizes the control corporations exert over our government and society. The corporate media exists to do the PR work for those in control.
  • Absolutely. All of us need such training but people in positions like Pike need even more of it.The thing is, it may be that in order to actually kill people in war one has to wall of the part of the brain that looks at it from altitude. This doesn’t excuse Pike but in the larger sense in order for riot police to do their jobs they no doubt need to filter at least some emotional involvement with the rioters.The other example of the of following orders (or not) besides Milgram and the Bush years is the movie (and play before it) A Few Good Men.
  • Am I the only person who feels the rise in situations like this are, in some way, an attempt to distract us from our problems with government corruption and the 1% by focusing our attention on police brutality?I suppose I should be the first to admit that I sound a little paranoid here but I can’t help feeling that way every time I hear about another brutal attack on protesters from some pseudo-military police/security force.Although, on the other hand, I suppose the OWS movement has only gained strength due to these violent acts of law enforcement. It would probably be difficult to protest if we didn’t have some resistance to actively protest against.
  • It’s occured to me, but at the same time since we’re probably never going to get any real positive change through voting one of the first obstacles is going to be the police one way or another.
  • Every one of those officers shares the guilt of assaulting those people for no other reason than being  jackasses on a power trip.  The  officer that sprayed them directly is only slightly more responsible than those that did nothing.  I’ve experienced the “joy” of pepper spray in portions of training, and can attest that for some, it can be one of the most painful experiences they will ever have.  What some of these people are not realizing is that, like large scale protests of the past, this kind of activity only fuels the will of those they are attempting to beat down.  If the election system is broken and the financial system is rigged, where is there left to turn?  Nowhere.Local law enforcement is only incidentally interested in your Constitutional rights, because it hinders their ultimate job, which is to protect property owners, their financial interests and enforce local peace ordinances.  Beyond that, you’re on your own.
  • Larry Foard Today 07:41 AM
    It sounds like UC Davis came awfully close to Kent State. But far worse. Shooting in the heat of panic is one thing. But cold blooded torture leading to injury and/or death is quite another. Pepper spray down peoples throats is attempted murder pure and simple. This pepper spray was used illegally and contrary to instructions. Please don’t just file civil suit, press for attempted murder. Consider the day a student dies from police torture.
  • Eddy Bearz Today 08:21 AM
    New York Times asks you to twitter what you are doing this Sunday.  #sundayroutine I just used this hashtag to tell them I am reading this thread. Maybe if more people do this, that will wake them up.
  • I had realized a couple years ago that we’re socially still fighting the same battles we eventually lost in the 60’s against the establishment.  Our policies on drugs, war, and equality in wealth all have taken turns against the good of the people and for the good of the corporations(led by the banks) since that attempt at revolution.  Im hopeful this round we will be more successful, but the bad guys have more toys to abuse us with, and the “good guys” are largely locked in a electro-hypnotic vice of infotainment.
  • I am a conservative Republican American and I believe the UC Davis police officer who pepper sprayed peaceful protestors must be fired.
  • marc anthony Today 08:54 AM
    You can’t legally be sprayed for mere peaceable assembly, regardless of some cop providing advance notice that he intends to assault you if you don’t comply.
  • parrotboy Today 08:56 AM
    OK Bill, so they told them to leave – they did not because they were exercising their First Amendment rights (remember those).People have a right to free speech – life liberty etc.Not listening to a cop (while not being violent or threatening in any way, in fact being seated and quiet) is not justification for assault with a weapon.  Ever.
  • mofembot Today 08:56 AM
    Bill, they were not warned that they would . And there was no need to spray them at all— especially not repeatedly. Why are you so willing to dismiss this kind of brutality instead of supporting these efforts to maintain people’s rights to free speech and assembly?
  • Please educate yourself on what non-violent civil disobedience is. Refusing to move, and having to be physically removed, while not actively resisting arrest does not require this treatment. Warning non-violent protesters that “If you don’t move, we are going to shoot you” does not make it legal, or right.I hold officer Pike accountable for his actions. His actions are  illegal under the civil precedent Headwaters Forest Defense v. County of Humboldt, No.98-17250 (9th Circuit, 2002). Illegal under the California Penal Code Section 12403.7 (a) (8).I think you are going to have to troll harder, here.
  • the_engineer Today 08:58 AM
    Being told to leave and listening is one thing. Being told to leave a space where you have every right to be and staying anyways is not a punishable offense. The people who need to be held accountable are the ones who did wrong. Not those who were peacefully doing exactly what they had every right to do.
  • meanneighborlady Today 09:01 AM
    I am amazed the UCDavis students stayed peaceful. As a 50 year old who works for another college in the Pacific Northwest, I could not have exercised that level of discipline.It is clear that the campus Barney Fifes were hoping to instigate a violent response so they could take it out on 19 and 20 year olds. And it seems quite likely that the university administration put this order in place for the same reasons with the intent to discredit your efforts.  No university should treat its students this way. The administration at UC Davis have lost all credibility and should all step down.
  • Dear facsist-Police DO NOT have the POWER in the USA to summarily PUNISH people through pain compliance.
    If you wish to live in a nation where they do, I suggest you move to Iran or China.
    My ancestors spilled their blood to ensure the rule of law in this one.
  • Don’t forget Kent State. Granted there was a lot more having had transpired in Kent and around the US at that time, but truly this is the most horrific of actions against students. The officer in the video implies as he would prefer to be shooting them to pepper spraying them anyhow.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K…
  • Sarah Sparklers Today 09:07 AM
    As a parent, I consider the chancellor, acting “in loco parentis”, to be guilty of child abuse.And STUPIDLY so!
  • Electro_Jones Today 09:11 AM
    I had no idea that the weight limit for Nazis had crept up so much in the past 65 years.
  • Felton / Moderator Moderator Today 09:19 AM
    Sorry for the orphaned comments.  For those who keep trying, please note that victim blaming is against our comment policy.
  • Marktech Today 09:21 AM

    They were warned they would be sprayed.

    They were warned they would be shot, according to one witness; but sprayed, shot, they would have deserved it so long as they were warned, do you think?

    People need to be held accountable for THEIR OWN actions…not the
    actions of someone else.

    Indeed.  I’m guessing that irony isn’t your strong suit, am I right?

  • Two of the (I think) unintended consequences of the Occupy movement that are, in some ways, as important as its stated focus on economic disparity, are (1) revealing irrefutibly to the general public the true extent and unaccountability of police authority in America, and (2) forcing a re-examination of the incremental ways in which First Amendment rights have been constrained.What impresses me most is how this dialogue is being forced in a consensual and sometimes eerily spontaneous way. When W- mentions that the nature and location of the Occupy protests are relevant to their particular city, it makes me realize the sheer brilliance of the movement. With no stated agenda, with no lists of demands or manifesto, they are nevertheless agents of change in this country.The entrenched media will continue to find the most superficial aspects of the movement and its constituents and tout that in sound bites. That’s what the entrenched media do across the board. But this is not a fad or a fringe. This is the voice of a generation that has had enough and doesn’t feel it has to mutely accept its crippled legacy. At long last this is the voice of Howard Beale in NETWORK crying “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore.” Except that *this* voice is not angry. I marvel at its intuitive understanding of how to proceed. I marvel at its tenacity and assurance. I don’t know how much it will be heeded, but it will certainly be heard.
  • occupyordie Today 09:41 AM
    the two problems you describe are inexorably connected.
  • No – but he had options and one of them was to NOT use the pepper spray as he did.  Everyone makes choices and the use of excessive force is one of either will, ignorance or willful blindness.  In each case the offender should be relieved of authority so that he isn’t put in that position again.  Pike is not capable of the decision.
  • arizonahoss Today 09:55 AM
    The pepper spray didn’t cause any permanent damage. The students were directly disobeying police orders; that is, they were being hostile.You’ve got an argument for excessive use of force when the same thing happens, and the police shoot.
  • “The pepper spray didn’t cause any permanent damage.” Really? They sprayed it down some of the student’s throats, and they were coughing up blood. One asthmatic student was rushed to the hospital. So, I wouldn’t be so quick to say that no permanent damage was done.Anyway, disobeying police orders to disperse might get you arrested, but you cannot characterize the student’s behavior as hostile or even actively resisting arrest. That’s the whole point of passive resistance in civil disobediance.Threatening violence and physical abuse, or actually following through with the same, is a tried and true way of convincing people to surrender their constitutional rights. I’m not surprised when it sometimes works. What surprises me the most is that people like you come out of the woodwork to defend it.
  • I’m so proud of these kids!
  • The realization of the Denver airport murals. The corporate storm troopers are here.
  • Sitting in a line with arms linked and simply refusing to move is hostile?Are you daft?Hostile is what happened during the Arab Spring.
  • eryximachus Today 10:34 AM
    You don’t quite have a grasp of civil disobedience yet.If you do what the cops tell you, you aren’t disobeying, and thus you have no protest.
  • humanbee Today 10:37 AM
    This is torture.
  • You’ve got an argument for excessive use of force when the same thing happens, and the police shoot.

    But do you think that shooting non-violent student protestors would be an excessive use of force by the police?  You leave that rather up in the air.

    In any case, the courts appear to have ruled that using pepper spray on non-violent protestors is contrary to the 4th Amendment, so it’s pretty clear that the law on what constitutes excessive force contradicts what you seem to be trying to say.  Perhaps it depends on how much weight you put on the law.

  • You only invoke “Godwin’s” law when the claim is purely to make the arguing opponent look evil, usually tangentially related to the actual argument at hand. On BoingBoing where you’re actually responding to a post, which has focus and usually doesn’t descend into flame wars.Also, in this case, the post is about police abuse and “just following orders”.
    This is called The “Nuremberg Defense”.While I agree disagree that we are living in Nazi Germany (history doesn’t quite repeat itself that cleanly), I’d say the actions of our police forces around the nation really do seem like the actions of thugs, jackbooted or not.If what you were looking for is another example of an entire nation falling to the will of a corrupt group, I’d urge you to look at the history of almost any nation. You probably won’t find overt thuggery that often anymore if you’re middle-class. Surveillance technology has evolved, and it’s rather hard to forcibly convince someone to change their cultural ideology. Besides, it’s very easy to convince them they are doing a ‘good moral thing’ when they supporting the atrocities of the state, especially when the enemy is some nebulous ‘terrorist, who is brown today, white tomorrow, and black always.So: No, this is nothing like Nazi Germany, but only because they’ve become more efficient and covert in regards to repression. I’d say they’ve probably learned from the mistakes of the regime more than the populace has.
  • I don’t agree, in the sense that it is quite clear to me that he is, indeed, a bad cop. Yes, the system seems to now encourage badness. But his firing – and ideally, lawsuits that land like successive & forceful punches in the gut to the budget that pays his and his colleagues’ salaries – needs to reset the precedent of protect & serve.
  • …which is part of the problem – blindly following rules for money, whether he’s ‘just doing his job’ or whether he was paid by a student. Its a major part of the problem. If my job was a hired assassin, and I killed someone you loved, and I said ‘I was just doing my job’ would you be like ‘oh right, well, in that case, please continue’?
  • It’s all well and good to ask Chancellor Katehi and Lt. Pike to resign, but they’re not going to do so. The best thing to do is to retain a lawyer and file suit against Ms. Katehi and Lt. Pike for personal damages–Katehi for ordering the arrests and Pike for deliberately inflicting grievous bodily injury. If they see that their personal assets are in the game, they’re likely to take more precautions.That’s one of the problems with the Occupy movement–cities, police departments and now universities have been fighting it with the easiest tools they have at hand–violent retaliation. Occupy has basically been allowing them to do it. It now needs to hit them where they hurt–in their pocketbooks.  Go after city budgets and personal assets. Force some police officers to declare bankruptcy. Make mayors explain why, on top of clean-up costs, they’ve left their cities open to tens of millions of dollars in liabilities, money that they can’t use to collect garbage or keep the streets clean of snow.
  • kittnkat Today 10:54 AM
    Today I love you Boingboing.This sort of police violence is outrageous but commonplace, I am so proud that the occupy movement is happening in this generation, the world can see how peaceful questioning of the obviously failing system is met with might, what will happen when the fattened pigs are faced with a intelligent community of people who want peace, justice and a fair means of living on a protected fruitful planet?Might will never overcome Right, we will prevail.
  • So students should harmlessly vent their feelings somewhere that won’t cause a ruckus, especially as it might annoy people legally empowered to carry weapons in the trust that they will use them responsibly? You think they’re looking for excitement and not change?”This sort of thing will happen when authorities get stressed” is exactly the kind of tacit compliance that allows “this sort of thing” to happen in the first place. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
  • I may disagree with their politics but that’s a long way from wanting them to be pepper sprayed down the throat. On the other hand, I don’t see OWS bombing clinics, banks, or anything else, or shooting any of the people they feel are responsible for something they think is wrong.
  • Why do you want them to resign? They should get fired and lose all benefits. And have that reflect on their record.
  • my_belly Today 11:11 AM
    Headwaters not only declares the use of pepper spray on peaceful protestors, under the control of the officers, a violation of the  “protestors’ Fourth Amendment right to be free from excessive force” – it also holds the officers involved civilly liable http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-…since they should have reasonably known they were violating the protestors’ constitutional rights.
  • So, you guys are falling for boringme’s obvious trolling I see.You don’t go after Lt. Pike’s job, you go after his pension.
  • David Witt Today 11:28 AM
    This is criminal assault by Officer Pike, plain and simple. Beyond the evidence provided above, show us where, in the manufacturer’s instructions, or police training, it says to spray military grade pepper-spray down people’s throats. Disgusting. Pike and his superiors both need to answer to their brutality and the heinous decisions that sanctioned it. As a Californian, i’m appalled at how the UC system has been taken over by the 1%, and proud of these students for taking a stand, even as they are treated worse than animals by those who were entrusted (and paid handsomely) to protect them.
  • tin robot Today 11:28 AM
    A fat man firing pepper spray into someone’s face.  Worryingly that strikes me as an image that pretty much defines the era.
  • Damn you people.  Can’t you just go to church, go shop at Walmart, hit the McDonalds and get your super sized #3 value meal on the way home in your gas guzzling SUV to watch football, and all those commercials, like good Americans so we the top .1% can make a few billion more dollars this year.
  • parrotboy Today 11:39 AM
    So if a policeman is embarrassed at his impotence it is OK for him to brutalize the public.  Heaven forfend his fellow officers might rib him a little.  This cannot stand – the only solution is assault with a weapon.  Good to know.You really need to get better at cutting and pasting.In every occasion, the apologists for police brutality manage to utterly amaze me.
  • The other police who did nothing are not just as guilty.  The perpetrator is way more guilty.  Doing nothing is bad, though.
  • “Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in the pepper spraying of seated protesterswere placed on administrative leave Sunday, as the school’s chancellor accelerated an investigation of the incident and made plans to meet with protesters amid calls for her resignation.”http://news.yahoo.com/officers…
  • bigbadwood Today 11:48 AM
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
  • Why would anything be different now? If anything, we have become much more tolerant of excessive police force. We have also become much more able to document it. NOW is when we get to see what we can do with this new ability.
  • eryximachus Today 11:48 AM
    I concur; they are in a stressful line of work.I disagree in that if they should be excused used of excessive, violent and potentially lethal force just because they are having a bad day.  If the person in uniform finds that they cannot handle the stress without having to go out and beat someone to near-death or hose them in the face at point blank with pepper spray, then they need to turn in their gun and badge RIGHT now, because they are only days away from going on a shooting rampage.
  • Eddie Perkins Today 11:58 AM
    Wonder how many vacation days Pike will lose for this.
  • These cops and the departments need to be sued into submission by civil rights lawyers.  It’s the only alternative to violence against them and their families.  The cops should be careful.  They are escalating the violence as usual.
  • As a U.C. alumnus, I find this incident frightening and out of control. To say that the U.C. police over-reacted barely begins to scratch the surface of the problem. For the U.C. Davis police force to reach this level of idiocy required years of cultivated ignorance. Administrative heads should roll over this one, and they should be banned from holding positions of public trust. The officers who did the pepper sprayings should be fired and banned permanently from public contact positions because their judgment is so far off-kilter it would be nearly impossible to recover their civility. Officer Pike is clearly deranged and it looks like no other officer challenged him.  Those officers who stood idly by should be suspended for a year without pay, and undergo proper re-training and annual check-ups.But what’s gonna happen instead is none of that. Having the perspective of nearly half a century, I see that America has turned into a military nation, in which at least $1.2 trillion of our $3.6 trillion annual budget is spent on national security which is many, many times more redundant than any sane nation would allow. Those attitudes easily and regularly percolate into our daily lives while we look away. And frequently I hear a sucking sound as university administrator’s brains vacuum up anything in sight for new means of money and control. Including their students. I don’t always recommend any U.C. as a good school to attend.
  • This is so off the scale in terms of professional law enforcement that I can’t even begin to address it.I know many policemen, both on the job and retired retired, who are sickened and appalled by what these “cops” are doing at the OWS protests.
    There is no rational whatsoever to justify this kind of excessive behavior on the part of the police.  It’s happening way too often in too many cities.  The cops ARE escalating the violence and I truly believe that’s what they want to do.- This way they can blame the protestors.
  • Jonathan Today 12:04 PM
    Big win for OWS — thank you Lieutenant John Pike!
  • The focus on the Movement vs Police is detrimental. Not because of the ribs punched or the capricious pepper spraying, but because it’s making the Movement about civil disobedience rather than about its one actionable intent: Wall St/banks need regulating. In a full-force election year, it’s hard to believe any electable candidate from either party will champion daily/nightly civil disobedience. It’s political suicide. I understand its exactly this kind of protest that’s given the Movement international attention, which is exemplary. But it can’t become synonymous with violence – regardless of who causes it. Nobody will touch it. And without supporters in office, it’ll have no voice where it matters most. imo.
  • knoxblox Today 12:09 PM
    In contrast, it’s interesting to see how the Wichita,  Kansas police arrested over 2,600 abortion protesters in 1991 during a six-week period with hardly an incident. It might have been one of the city’s largest protests without injury, receiving kudos from Operation Rescue (abortion protest)  founder Randall Terry. Police simply separated linked protesters and carefully lifted them into vans.Strange to see how Kansas is seen as backwards many times (yeah, I’ll give you the Creationism in Schools argument), when sane and peaceful protest is considered rather routine. I doubt Lt. Pike would make it very far in Wichita.
  • Doctors, nurses, firefighters and policemen, among a few other professions, have a very particular responsibility to perform their jobs effectively because a failure to do so can have a very great impact on life and limb.  The issue here is the performance of the police officer in doing his job.  We know that, in order to achieve the optimal outcome, we must use the proper tool for the job and we must use it with skill and discretion.  So if I am removing a staple on a wound I don’t use a hammer, I use a specialized tool and I use it based on my training, on protocols and, ultimately, my professional judgement.  This police officer, the man who casually doused multiple peaceful, protesting students who posed no risk to his own well being with pepper spray, used none of those qualities in the performance of his duties.  He either does not have the training, the understanding, or the will to do his job properly.  He should be removed from active duty, investigated and dealt with accordingly.  This kind of behavior is in no way acceptable and is a blight and a stain on the reputation of the police force.
  • boringme
    (- it looks like you got removed. But I’ll leave this here for you.)
    I’ve read all your comments on this thread, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why you are such an naive apologist. Let’s all feel sorry for the “Embarrassed Policeman”? Are you from Lego Town where everything is simplified, black & white, and sugar coated?These police chose this profession. Is the stress too much? They’ve had the choice to get out of it at any time. And, “We can be safe knowing that the people who are in a position to judge these men will do so and will do so fairly.” Hahaha. Any of these cops or the many others beating the shit out of Occupy protestors seen even a reprimand yet? It’s like you get your knowledge from a middle school government textbook that presents everything in a idealist, ‘cops are your pals’, ‘this is how it should be’ way rather than, ‘this is how it is’ way. You know, the way it actually is – real life.
  • Mary Gamache Today 12:24 PM
    A couple of passages from the declaration of independence that most folks seem to forget. I think its about time we all started thinking about them again.”That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”and”But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”its not just the police that are the problem. We all have the problem of a Government that truly only cares about perpetuating its own power, at any cost. the welfare of the people is no longer any concern to it.
  • Carlos Sebastião Today 12:42 PM
    O tipo de bigode é um grande porco…
  • superengenheiro Today 12:43 PM
    O tipo de bigode é um grande porco…
  • Please sign the petition demanding Chancellor Katehi’s resignation #occupyoakland #occupysf #occupycal #occupydavis #occupytogether #ows
  • What do you expect?  The media always looks for whatever gets people to watch.  People like watching conflict, especially reality based conflict.   It’s in our nature.  All the conflict in the world is an expression of human nature, conscious or unconscious (unless you believe in the devil).
  • sweeteuphoria Today 01:14 PM
    what the hell is going on?  im not for violence but i think it is time to fight back with physical force.  there are more of us than these relentless “police officers”…
  • I guess she knew something they didn’t know when it came to their safety: the police were about to make it a very, very unsafe place indeed.
  • He could have just as well shot them at point blank range? This is such a blatant and disproportional use of excessive force that this guy should be suspended and on administrative leave right away pending charges. This is a disgrace for the entire force. Macho nazi style policing has no place in any civilized country – period. Pepper spray is not harmless it is a known cancerogen agent and is known to cause death amongst people suffering respiratory diseases. You don’t use it unless you have to – did Lt Pike have to? Looking forward to his CO to comment on this. Shameful and disgraceful.Update: (CNN) — The University of California at Davis placed two police officers on administrative leave after they pepper-sprayed non-violent protesters at point-blank range, the school announced Sunday.
  • ironstream1 Today 01:21 PM
    Nobody should be shocked or surprised by any of this; even without the KSU example. Our government and their agents in law enforcement and the military have constantly and consistently overstepped every ethical, legal and constitutional boundary over the past century; illegal surveillance, torture (domestic or outsourced) and assassination are not uncommon here. Yes, pepper spray sucks hard, but this is pretty easy stuff overall. The police and the army are there to protect the elite first, and the common people last. This is not about one bad cop. This is business as usual.
  • Garrett Eaton Today 01:31 PM
    This video was hard to watch; it is unnecessary police brutality, plain and simple.  Simply unconscionable.From a larger perspective though, I think the occupy movement could be smarter: take down the tents when you’re asked to.  Defending the “right to camp” isn’t worth sacrificing the efficacy of the movement.  It would be better to just occupy legally in shifts, giving the authorities absolutely no excuses for violence.  Even though the campers are obviously in the right, whats more important is winning the greater public’s support, and that means not breaking the law..  As uncomfortable as that sounds…
  • Paul Burneko Today 01:40 PM
    All of us stand with the young woman who was  treated to this abuse. And we stand with all of the courageous students who sat down to take a stand for democracy. They should know that the abuse they suffered is part of a great sacrifice being made by thousands who are all part of the process by which we can win. The regime will not  peacefully accept the change we are demanding. As mirogster and ironstream1 suggest, if what we all have said about the corporate imperium and their paid thugs is true, and if what we are fighting for is necessary justice, then we have to be ready to keep pushing the regime to reveal its true nature. What the powerful students of UC Davis witnessed was the regime’s true nature.http://back2theroot.com/2011/1…
  • If these brutal officers – and the folks that sent them to viciously attack peaceful, smiling, and non-violent protesters are not punished and arrested, the implications should be clear.  Constitutionally protected rights to free speech and free assembly do not exist at UC Davis. Ponder that reality – and remember that UC system has historically been a leader in tolerance, civil liberty, and diversity. How fall we fallen from our ideals? Our values?
  • Um.  I’m not sure that’ll fly in court:”Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit any person who is a peace officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2, from purchasing, possessing, transporting, or using any tear gas or tear gas weapon if the person has satisfactorily completed a course of instruction approved by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training in the use of tear gas.” CPC 12403.1Please note that there’s no carved-out exception for peaceable protests. The law should contain an exception for peace officers, even if not acting in self-defense – tear gas/CS can prevent further escalation of a dangerous situation, even if there’s no imminent danger.But not surprisingly, pepper-spray, tasers, etc. are being increasingly abused, and it’s inexcusable. What’s needed are tightly-drawn rules on their employment, and if those rules are violated, the violator is out the door.What shouldn’t be allowed, as you accurately point out, is use on people who are not resisting, not making any violent moves, etc. These things cannot be allowed to be used as a tool to gain compliance from people who aren’t actually *doing* anything, as they were used here.Unfortunately, like in so many of these cases, I’m afraid that little will come of it. That seems to be emblematic of the society we live in these days – even a little power and wealth are more than sufficient to shield people from the consequences of their wrongdoing or abuse.At the end of this road lie chaos and madness, but those in power don’t seem to grasp that. I sincerely hope that they grasp it before it’s too late.I also sincerely hope that the Occupy movement starts to try to translate its protest into actual action – you know, put some damned candidates up for office, or support candidates whose goals closely mirror their own. Crazy, I know.
  • andygates Today 01:48 PM
    Remember kids, if someone says “health and safety”, ask to see the risk assessment.  Bluffzacallin’.
  • davidual Today 01:48 PM
    I’ve never seen a more out of shape police force in my life.  Seriously, they all looked like they were 50 pounds over the wright limit.  As for Mr. Pike (I refuse to call him officer), he should be removed from the farce.  He had absolutely no just cause to do what he did.  Except, that is, to attempt to incite the situation.  He is despicable and tarnishes the badge that he wears.  But, then again, that whole police farce appeared as ‘Kangaroo Kops’.  Did they all arrive in a miniature paddy wagon?  So sorry students ar UC-Davis had to endure this atrocity!!
  • Chemical weapons should be banned for police forces in the United States.  Weapons such as pepper spray, tear gas, and tasers are barbaric, sadistic, and dangerous.
  • John Matthias Today 02:03 PM
    There’s a disconnect here between the police, – who loved the whole post-911 atmosphere of fear that glorified their profession, and reality – the one where cherished institutions and the free market system have been co-opted by a powerful elite.In the former, they feel needed, establishing order and carrying out orders without question.  It’s a much simpler world – no grey area of doubt.  It’s what the republicans and Fox News have been selling – a return to the mythical 50’s.  Of course, if you’re the sort that finds difficult moral choices easy, so much the better.  Reality is a lot messier, with a corrupt and moribund government, compromised judicial system, and a wealthy elite intent on returning us to a state of serfdom.  It’s a fight for the soul of the new world.  Having said that, I think you have to consider that some people don’t handle stress well, and order at any cost seems better than living in chaotic world, no matter the cause.  It’s still going to better in the long run to make the police understand that they’re part of 99% too.
  • JakeGould Today 02:04 PM
    And now, two officers directly involved in the events are placed on administrative leave.http://content.usatoday.com/co…“They will remain on leave indefinitely.”YES!!!!
  • Um, no.  The thing that’s making this event so utterly memorable (including the Chancellor’s walk of shame through the silent demonstrators) is that the students are so utterly non-violent.Bluntly, until you have military officers and men supporting Occupy, you will be creamed the instant you go violent.   And if you get the support of the military, you won’t need to go violent.
  • stevetacitus Today 02:19 PM
    “The greatest use of power is in its restraint!” (Thucydides, “The History of the Peloponnesian War”)
  • Everyone keeps citing the Milgram experiments in these comments, but it seems like the more relevant analogy is the Stanford prison experiment conducted by Zimbardo…. this (and many other instances of police brutality) isn’t a case of an individual blindly carrying out orders based on respect for the authority of their source, or at least it doesn’t seem there was any direct order to spray these students. Instead it’s a scenario where individuals are placed IN a position of authority, and they’re led to excessive force through various mechanisms of depersonalization (directly tied to uniforms, weapons, facemasks, etc.) and the sheer will to exert their own power over others.This doesn’t excuse this guy’s behaviour, though I think it does explain it in some ways, especially the weird disconnect that comes out in this interview, between students cordially chatting with this cop one night and getting pepper-sprayed by him the next… We can’t say this officer is some kind of wholly evil monster here either. Lots of otherwise decent people, placed in his situation, would respond in similarly brutal ways. Even if there were no orders to do this awful thing, the responsibility has to be shared around. We’ve got to maintain the notion of responsibility in spite of these kinds of contextual influences, but since we know about them it’s also incumbent on those in police bureaucracies to design their institutions better, and carefully manage police-citizen interactions in ways that make these kinds of excessive force situations less likely.
  • Thanks, and FWIW being placed “indefinitely” on administrative leave is really the closest most cops get to being fired in the U.S. for now…  Considering these protests are only 2 months old and the 2012 U.S. election is about a year away, I hate to say it the chances of something else boneheaded being done by the cops is high. So the more the cops screw up, the better a chance for reform of some sort somewhere.
  • I think a certain lieutenant by the name of Pike needs to resign or at least be demoted and sent back to the academy for remedial protect and serve training.  He has shown first hand that he is not mature enough to be in a position of authority.  He seems to have the extreme paramilitary mentality  like that of the minutemen and nazi groups.  All into uniforms, posing and power trips.
  • Stumbled on this, live in UK. I don’t know much about what is going on in the world, however even with the little knowledge I have I am extremely worried. Society as we know it is changing, behind the scenes. We see the iceberg moving but very little of the force that pushes it from beneath. We are considered pawns by this force, nothing but bugs that need to be controlled, we do not deserve to make our own decisions. Whoever controls the  entities that are designed to uphold the law, police, army etc, holds the upper hand. Yet what we need to remember is that we outnumber them. Together, unified, we are stronger. As many as possible must be awakened to the reality we face, we must be willing to face what is coming (indeed what has already arrived) for if we are not prepared to use the little freedom we have left to push against that which opposes us, then all will be lost, we will be at the mercy of the greed and corruption that has festered in western society. Dramatic? No, realistic. They want your freedom, they want your compliance, they want your soul, they want your fathers and brothers and sisters and mothers, they want absolute control. History shows us the evil humans who strive for this are prepared to commit, even after obtaining it the evil does not stop. The dehumanisation of those considered ‘beneath’ the ruling section breeds unspeakable acts in many forms, it is human nature to do so, consider the evil experiments or genocide in many of the countries who’s governments have ‘absolute’ control (so to speak). There is an important basic principle I believe exists when fighting what we consider to be ‘evil’ (for in whole, this is what we fight). The capacity for a human to commit evil far outweighs the capacity to do good, one may give ones life only once, but may potentially take unlimited. Good can only give so much, good is less prepared to result to violence, whereas evil will, all to readily. Seriously people, the people who uphold the law are breaking it without consequence, how can you play a game against a person who cheats?Society has been allowed to crumble and become weak for a reason, a weak host is more easily suppressed and dominated. Think, an uneducated population does not understand what is happening, merely filling their lives with the crap that suffocates us within the media. They do not want us to be intelligent enough to care, only to want to be like the idols dangled in front of us, MTV, D rate celebrities that are multiplying at a fascinating rate.This generation may well be the last generation with enough awareness to stand in the way of the 1%. Of course alongside the previous generations, but a huge proportion of the next generations will be dumbed down in a sense, from there on in it is only a matter of time.This occurrence depicted on this site is merely a taste of things to come. These students are strong. We must find our strength, we must not pause, we must not falter, we must not be weak. Stand together as strong free people, for our freedom, our children’s and there’s after them, or ignore what is happening and continue in a blissfully ignorant prison, until it is too late to do anything.Sorry if this is off point, its just what I think.
  • I hope the difference between the reaction to Kent State and modern police brutality is access to new media.  True, most people get their “news” from plastic tv personalities, but I learned of this through old-fashioned word of mouth and saw it here online.  Too many are still willing to play along, but more and more see that something is wrong.Hopefully the pain these poor students endured will not be for nothing.  I have been sympathetic but completely non-participatory until now.  I now intend to visit and support my local Occupiers.
  • Derrick Jensen is right. Violence always comes from the top down. Police aren’t pepper spraying the CEOs or government officials at close range. Violence is always perpetuated in defense of the rich toward those who have less.  Capitalism is self-destructing. The level of violence and intolerance being waged against OWS protesters tells me that the people in charge are scared. Very scared of the change this is bringing to the world. Their paper with imaginary value is no longer empowering them. The jig is up and it is AWESOME.
  • Paul Fretheim Today 03:06 PM
    There is a name for cops like these. It is “PIG.’ Shame on you is better than PIGS like these deserve. They are pigs.
  • Paul Fretheim Today 03:07 PM
    I suggest a chant from the 60s – “FUCK THE PIGS!”
  • Levi Manners Today 03:12 PM
    Abuse like this by those who ‘protect and serve’ the public will breed future generations of distrust and hate. One thing that have always be true is the fact that the USA was never a democracy from it’s birth, but a corporation. Money is ruler! Jacques Frescohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v…
  • Jake.  I’m trying to discover if the administrative leave is paid or unpaid.  I believe it is a paid leave – essentially a vacation.  Do you know if it might be unpaid?
  • C.J. Hayes Today 03:22 PM
    This summer: what was the world’s loveliest protest ever assembled quickly progressed to the most peppery pandemonium in UC Davis history.  Join W persistently pushing peacefully against policy until Lt. Pike maniacally manifests macabre methods of dispersion.Pepper 2012
  • Ironic that a man not known much for speaking should have given one
    of the greatest speeches in history. Here’s Charlie Chaplin’s moving
    oration from The Great Dictator set to contemporary imagery.I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor – that’s not
    my business – I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to
    help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want
    to help one another, human beings are like that.We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s
    misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world
    there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for
    everyone.The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.Greed has poisoned men’s souls – has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that
    gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical,
    our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little:
    More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need
    kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent
    and all will be lost.The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very
    nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out
    for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is
    reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men,
    women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture
    and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say “Do not
    despair”.The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the
    bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men
    will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people,
    will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will
    never perish…Soldiers – don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and
    enslave you – who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to
    think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as
    cannon fodder.Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with
    machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not
    cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You
    don’t hate – only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural.
    Soldiers – don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written ” the kingdom
    of God is within man ” – not one man, nor a group of men – but in all
    men – in you, the people.You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the
    power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life
    free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the
    name of democracy let’s use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight
    for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work,
    that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise
    of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not
    fulfill their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but
    they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us
    fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away
    with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of
    reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s
  • No clue. Wouldn’t be surprised. But at least he’s out of direct contact with the public. Here in NYC Tony Bologna was docked vacation days but is still active on the force and on daily duty.  So this is a tad better.
  • Pike’s body language? The dude was clearly into it and happy to do it. He should be fired & so should his superiors.
  • Are you serious? You think he was asked to walk up and down spraying them three times at point blank range? Don’t get me wrong I’m sure someone ordered someone to spray them, but that man sprayed them in the most violent and merciless method possible, there is nothing in his ‘body language’ to suggest he was feeling bad about it.
  • Nobody should be mislead about what we are seeing around the country.”Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is the merging of state and corporate power.” ~~Benito MussoliniWe are witnessing the extent to which this country has become fascist, and these police crack-downs are emblematic of The United Fascist Empire of the World.
  • Helena Johansson 28 minutes ago
    I was disgusted by the video and it’s scary to read this and see the determination in spraying these nonviolent protesters. Also strange to read the supporters hateful comments on youtube, how is it possible? Where does all the hate and fear come from? It’s pure ignorance it seems… Stay strong! The world is watching!/Helena – Occupy Sweden”First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Gandhi
    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will finally know peace. Jimi Hendrix”
  • bwahahahahaha I love it. Idiots get asked to disperse, they refuse. Then they get sprayed and its the bully bad cop? WOW that’s some real good learning you idiots are into… Consequences perhaps you should have learned that in HS…. Well not in CA I guess. You guys are all idiots and nowhere near the 99%. you’re the .25% at best and your hero Obama is going down in 2012. BELIEVE IT, we’re taking the right road to gaining our country back. You can occupy whatever you want, the rest of us are actually working to fix the problems. morons,
  • Officers in pepper spray incident placed on leave

    A California university placed two of its police officers on administrative leave Sunday because of their involvement in the pepper spraying of passively sitting protesters, while the school’s chancellor accelerated a task force’s investigation into the incident amid calls for her resignation.

    On Saturday, the UC Davis faculty association called for Katehi’s resignation, saying in a letter there had been a “gross failure of leadership.” Katehi has resisted calls for her to quit.”I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident,” Katehi said Sunday. “However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again. I feel very sorry for the harm our students were subjected to and I vow to work tirelessly to make the campus a more welcoming and safe place.”
  • Jake?  Did you read in the article that you posted that the chief of police stated that the reason the officer used the P-spray is because the students surrounded them and they had no exit?  That’s a lie. I didn’t see the officers surrounded, and the students were extremely peaceful!  They had no just cause for using the P-spray.  What an arrogant cover-up attempt from the chief of (kangaroo kops) police.
  • Marci White 13 minutes ago
    The students did an amazing job maintaining their non-violent attitude throughout. It takes a lot not to loose it, to not even yell abuse or threats. They are a credit and a great example for the rest of us. Way to go, UC Davis Occupiers! May we all be so brave.
  • I think all the police officers responsible for this disproportionate action on my campus should be fired, starting with UCDPD Police Chief Annette Spicuzza
  • I am telling people again and again – UCDPD Police Chief and her goons need to be fired right away, not just the measly action of administrative leave for 2 police officers….
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STOCK Act boosted by ’60 Minutes’
Updated: November 19, 2011, 11:00 PM
Insider trading and conflict of interest in Congress.


There is no ‘Other’ in the world we want to create – No 1% – only One.


“Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness is your happiness. Their pain is your pain. Your sense of self expands to include other beings. This shift of consciousness is universal in everybody, 99% and 1%.”

CHARLES EISENSTEIN is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution.

– One World, One Family


Fox News Calls Would-Be Obama Assassin ‘Occupy Shooter’ A Day After Authorities Found ‘No Connection’ To Protests by  November 19, 2011.


Will This Photo Be the Face of the Occupy Movement?

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/will-this-photo-be-the-face-of-the-occupy-movement.html#ixzz1eGI79nEM


Minister Farrakhan Blasts Media During Radio Interview Commercial!


OCCUPY (Strive for) DEMANDS!

(1)Transparency of Congress campaign donors (2)abolish 501c4 secrecy (3)repeal Corporate Personhood
What we are proposing is a three step agenda to demand by national referendum to repeal three major contributors to the U.S. financial disaster: (1) Total Transparency of Congress campaign donor sources, (2) abolish the 501c4 tax code for campaign donation secrecy, and (3) repeal Corporate Personhood.





Andy Sudbrock 11:13am Nov 19
We need a nationwide call for the immediate termination of this thug. He would have made an excellent Nazi.



Shock OWS video: Cops pepper spray peaceful California students

Police in the U.S. have used pepper spray against peaceful students taking part in an ‘Occupy’ campaign in front of the University of California. Demonstrators had been ordered to remove their camp, but after refusing, officers showed up and and tore their tents down, using force against unarmed people. 10 protesters have been arrested.


 Don SoekenDr. Donald Soeken is a social worker with 40 years of professional experience in the multidisciplinary areas of practice, research, and teaching
November 17th, 2011 6:37 PM

Protesters At Occupy Wall Street Are Blowing Whistle on Decades of Corporate Greed and Corruption in U.S.

“Stop the Greed and Start Meeting Human Needs!”

By Don Soeken

Written by Donald R. Soeken and Tom Nugent

New York City – If you want to understand how thousands of ordinary Americans have recently been transformed into corporate “whistleblowers,” just spend a few days hanging out with the demonstrators who’ve gathered here for the social protest known as “Occupy Wall Street”.

The dramatic signs of their spontaneous whistle-blowing are everywhere. PEOPLE ARE WHAT MATTER – NOT PROFITS!


STOP CORPORATE GREED AND START RESPECTING HUMAN NEEDS! As you wander among the pounding drummers and the leaping dancers at Lower Manhattan’s now-famous Zuccotti Park, it’s easy to see how an astonishing new “social awakening” is beginning to transform the American landscape.

Like the “Arab Spring” of 2011, in which one Middle Eastern dictatorship after another (think Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and maybe Syria) sank beneath the waves of surging popular dissent, the “American Fall” of rapidly accelerating social awareness now promises to make whistleblowers out of ordinary citizens from Maine to California . . . with earthquake-like consequences that cannot as yet be predicted.

Something new is happening in American, and it’s happening right now.

“Something’s coming, mister,” says Paul Armstrong, a 48-year-old, Los Angeles-based ironworker in a hard hat, as he waves his sign (“I am a union ironworker, I vote, I work, I pay taxes, I’m pissed, so I’m here!” at the swarming TV cameras. “The working people of this country aren’t stupid. They see how things have been going lately, and they’re starting to wake up. They see the widespread unemployment, and they see how people are being forced below the poverty line every single day.

“They’re demanding jobs and decent wages, that’s certainly true. But they’re also demanding respect. They’re letting everybody know that the old days of being ‘talked down to’ by bosses at the top of some distant pecking order are over. Those days are gone for good!

“What we’re now seeing here in New York is the same spirit that was at work in Cairo during the Arab Spring. We’re seeing an outcry from workers who want to be treated with dignity, and who want to be able to make decent wages on the job. If you talk with the working people at this Occupation, you soon start to realize: there’s a big change moving on the wind. I speak only for myself here – not for the ironworkers’ union or anybody else – but I sincerely believe that we have to change the way working people are being treated in this country, and soon.”

Still Looking – And Hoping – For Justice

Like the heavily tattooed Paul Armstrong, thousands of American working people are now speaking up in an act of collective whistle-blowing that continues to make headlines daily. Speaking out against a backdrop of thunderous drums and in a setting where nearby skyscrapers often shut out the sun, they spend their days reiterating a few startling facts about the America of 2011.

Fact: More than 17 percent of the adult population of the United States is now unemployed, if you include those who have stopped looking for work and those who are working part-time out of necessity and not making enough to feed their families.

Fact: More than 49 million Americans are now living beneath the federal poverty line . . . which means their families are living on less than $23,000 a year . . . while in many cases struggling with inadequate housing, medical care and nutrition.

Fact: More than 46 million Americans are now living on food stamps – without which they would literally be walking the streets all day long in search of food. (Yes, that’s right: nearly one-sixth of the entire U.S. population in 2011 is now unable to feed itself and surviving courtesy of federal government handouts.)

Fact: While more and more individual people are sinking into abject poverty in this country, most of the nation’s major corporations and most of its major banks are continuing to make handsome profits. One number says it all: Less than one percent of the American public now controls nearly half of its total wealth . . . and the stories of corporate executives making $10 million and $20 million and even $50 million bonuses (while their companies are laying off thousands of workers each month) long ago became strictly routine.

As the nation sinks into the grind of relentless poverty, however, more and more economic whistleblowers are stepping forward to insist that this degrading state of affairs cannot long continue.

Take John Bird, a Blackfoot Indian who drove to the Big Apple all the way from Tucson, Arizona. Why? It’s actually quite simple, he says: “I never gave up my hope for justice!”

He’s sitting on a plastic crate, three feet from a hand-lettered sign:

Sure, You Can Trust the Government – Just Ask an Indian

“Indian people have never given up hope that some day there will be justice,” says John Bird. “Our elders teach us that, so we carry it on. Some days, it all seems pretty hopeless. But this” – and he waves at the huge throng of protesters in Zuccotti Park, located in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District – “this is hope. And what we’re hoping for is not only economic justice, but also environmental justice.”

The reporter leans in closer, with his tape recorder at the ready.

It’s eight o’clock on a recent Friday morning at the nation’s longest-running “Occupation” protest. Since last September 17th, about 300 people per day (on average) have been living here, crammed into a tiny urban green space surrounded by high-rise office buildings and by long blue ranks of silent, expressionless police.

The Occupation encampment houses ironworkers, teachers, truck drivers, college students, clergy members, military veterans, job counselors, environmental activists, psychologists, homeless grandmothers in wheelchairs and a few Native Americans who say they traveled to New York in order to call attention to the various ways in which the current “recession” is making life hard for Indians in American cities and on reservations.

Question for Mr. Bird: Can we really hope to bridge the gulf between Indian society and the rest of America, in 2011? Isn’t it too late for that now?

His answer: “I think we’re going to have to bridge it, and soon – if we’re gonna survive. I’m very hopeful . . . but I also think it’s our last opportunity, and we better not squander it!”

Editor’s Note: Donald R. Soeken LCSW-C, Ph.D., a social worker in Washington, D.C., frequently counsels whistleblowers. Journalist Tom Nugent, the author of a book about coal mining in Appalachia (Death at Buffalo Creek, W.W. Norton) often writes about U.S. labor issues.


Occupy Wall Street 99% Spotlight Signal #N17 #OWS #OccupyEverything:


Banks, Corporations, Insurers, Wall Street, and the FED

Move to dismiss foreclosure!



Last year, American taxpayers paid an extra $100 billion to cover losses from corporations’ offshore tax havens. Now, corporate lobbyists are pushing to bring profits back home while paying hardly any taxes. And many are looking to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to make the deal…



Dodd-Frank’s Derivatives Reforms (might not work):


Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac received the biggest federal bailout of the financial crisis. And nearly $100 million of those tax dollars went to lucrative pay packages for top executives, filings show. The top five executives at Fannie Mae received $33.3 million in 2009 and 2010, while the top five at Freddie Mac received $28.1 million. And each company has set pay targets of as much as $17 million for its top managers for 2011. That’s a total of $95.4 million, which will essentially be coming from taxpayers, who have been keeping the mortgage finance giants alive with regular quarterly cash infusions since the Federal Home Finance Agency (FHFA) took control of the companies in September 2008.

Fannie, Freddie executives score $100M payday post bailout!
The top five executives at Fannie Mae received $33.3 million in 2009 and 2010, while the top five at Freddie Mac received $28.1 million. And each company has set pay targets of as much as $17 million for its top managers for 2011.
– Laura Mirian


A Judge Finally Stands up to Wall Street…

Nov 3, 2011, Chris Hedges – Goldman Sachs on trial.

OCCUPY (Audit or End) THE FED!
Support H.R. 2990 – The National Emergency Employment Defense Act of 2011.

Bank of America’s Death Rattle. Reinstitute Glass-Steagall!

Dump your Bank Day!
Begins Nov. 4th, 2011
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Customers are dumping their greedy banks in droves ahead of the nationwide “Move Your Money” and “Bank Transfer Day” movements this Saturday. At least 650,000 consumers have already joined credit unions since Sept. 29, the day Bank of America (BACFortune 500) announced plans to impose its controversial $5 debit card fee, according to a nationwide survey of credit unions by the Credit Union National.

Large-scale switching to Credit Unions in Colorado…

Thousands switching to credit unions…

Protesters surrounded the Sheraton hotel In Seattle Nov. 3, 2011, there was one main target — the citizen arrest of JPMorgan CEO – Jamie Dimon.
Read more here.

On Wednesday, November 9th, let’s jam the switchboard of our Congress. Let’s call our representatives and ask them, “Who’s your daddy?

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) lambasted his congressional colleagues Friday, calling the rhetoric and gridlock coming out of Washington “toxic.”:
Sen. Webb: Congress is Toxic

Jesse Ventura is mad as hell. – May run for president.

Expression of Occupy Philosophy
Nov. 7. 2011. Chris Hedges is quickly becoming the voice of the Occupy Movement…

You Might Be A Fascist If…

November 15, 2011


Are you a fascist? Many people are fascists and they don’t even realize it. And sometimes, they know it all too well, but hide and deny it. Most of the time though, it’s obvious who the fascists are. For instance, you might be a fascist if…

1. You are obsessed with national power and pride and believe your country doesn’t have to follow the rules and shouldn’t ever apologize for doing things that are wrong. You think your nation can do whatever it wants.

2. You believe in the rule of the few, election rigging, political decisions being made by a select group of officials behind closed doors, embrace the informal and unregulated exercise of political power, arbitrary deprivation of civil liberties, and little tolerance for meaningful opposition.

3. You believe in survival of the fittest, an every man for himself mentality that causes you to believe that poor people and sick people are weak and must be punished. You think rich people are strong because they are wealthy and that they should rule us. You also believe your race is superior to all others.

4. You use the media as a political propaganda machine to target a specific audience and to push your agenda on others. You make sure the media demonizes your opponents and takes your side on nearly every issue. You use your propaganda machine to play on the fears of others.

5. You are obsessed with security, and war. You feed this obsession by spending trillions of dollars building up a large military force and are willing to sacrifice domestic programs your people count on to keep your military huge. You start unnecessary and costly wars and you are paranoid of other nations.

6. You are driven to indoctrinate others into your way of thinking. So much so, that you try to re-write history, change the way school children are taught and you brainwash the ignorant. You use your propaganda machine as a tool to achieve this.

7. You fear and demonize intelligent people who have a higher education because they are the ones who can thwart your effort to brainwash people. You then attempt to prevent others from achieving a higher education because you want the people as ignorant as possible so you can convince them that your way is the right way.

8. You have a deep hatred and fear of communists and you instill your followers with hatred and fear of others by accusing your political opponents of being communists. This gives you an easy scapegoat to blame when things go wrong. Any person or policy you don’t like is branded as communism.

9. You disrespect women and think their place is in the home. You believe women are weak and cannot do things that men do. You believe that sexual harassment or assault is no big deal and that the only thing women are good for is cooking meals and having babies.

10. You strongly align yourself with corporations and you support corporate money and influence in government. You despise government regulations that keep corporations honest because you believe everything should be controlled by the free market and that corporations should be allowed to do whatever they please.

11. You are obsessed with Christianity. You seek to declare a Christian State and to impose religious laws on all the people across the country and the world. You believe other religions are inferior and that those who practice them should either be converted or destroyed.

12. You believe your race is superior and seek to disenfranchise or humiliate other races. You believe in legalized discrimination and fantasize about a return to times when the races were separate or when those of color were enslaved. You use code words in an attempt to hide your racism and you make laws that weaken the influence of those of color. Immigration and voting laws in particular.

13. You absolutely despise unions. To you and those like you, labor unions represent the empowerment of workers. Since you believe corporations can do whatever they want, you see organized labor as a threat because they fight for higher wages, health care, safety regulations, less hours, vacations, sick days, and holidays off. This obviously threatens the amount of money corporations can give to you and your cause so you brand unions as proponents of socialism and make laws that severely weaken them so that corporations can have a cheap, mindless labor force.

14. You are obsessed with crime and a major supporter of punishing those who commit crimes. So much so, that you don’t care about the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ You are proud of executing people and aren’t bothered if an innocent person is killed. You seek to make harsher laws, especially laws that target specific groups of people such as immigrants, women, and people of color. You also oppose Miranda rights and using humane interrogation tactics and you seek to undermine the independent judiciary.

15. You believe every election should go your way and to reach that goal, you push voting laws that disenfranchise those who traditionally vote for opponents such as people of color, the elderly, college students, and the poor. You even stoop to fixing elections in some cases and complain when your opponents challenge the vote counts.

16. You believe in rewarding your friends with positions when you gain power and you reward those who support you with government contracts and money, especially corporations. You also do your best to aid your supporters in any way you can, such as repealing undesirable pieces of legislation and regulations. You often have something to gain financially from this.

17. You create scapegoats to blame when problems arise. Whether it’s communists, liberals, minorities, homosexuals, the poor, or non-Christians, one thing is for certain. You and your propaganda tool will blame each and every one of those groups for bad things that happen even if you were the cause of the problems in the first place.

18. You take advantage of a national disaster such as an economic collapse or an attack to demonize your opponents and push your agenda. You use these events to strike fear into the population in an attempt to scare people into voting for you and your cause. It’s all about fear and scare tactics.

Sound like anybody we know?


Protest against Gov. Scott Walker…

Occupy Nashville – GOP confrontation turns into a love fest!

Occupy Wall Street with Danny Glover…


Occupy Buffalo Heads to Albany

By Jaclyn Asztalos

November 17, 2011Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 12:21 PM ESTBuffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – The Occupy Buffalo sight in Niagara Square was a bit quieter than it has been in the passed few months as protesters take to the road.

“Taking 100 to Albany to coordinate with other state Occupys. We’ll be having lunch and sharing ideas, as well as bringing our petitions to continue the Millionaire’s Tax,” protester John Washington said.

The group collected signatures of those supporting extension of the tax, locally and across New York. Now, they hope the Legislators will listen.

“We have to at least make our voice heard any way we can, I guess,” Curt Rotterdam said.

Protester Mocha Garcia said it’s about uniting forces.

“Talk about how we should get everybody as one, get people jobs, stop downsizing libraries, taking away education,” Garcia said.

This trip all comes after a few rough and violent days at occupy protests in New York City and across the country. Here in Buffalo, protesters said it’s a different story.

“In Buffalo, things are going great. In other cities, no so much,” Rotterdan said.

Washington said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the police force have been nothing but supportive.

“Mayor Brown has been cooperative and the police have been supportive. Now we feel it is our duty because we don’t have the pressure to continue to push forward because we don’t have to rebuild every night like other cities,” Washington said.

Although the protests are peaceful in the Queen City, Mother Nature may not be as kind. Demonstrators said they are ready for the cold and snow even in the wind tunnel called Niagara Square.

“We’re weatherizing right now with the tarps. We hope to get a generator and dome,” Garcia said.


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Please CALL CONGRESS today and say:
“I’m calling to let you know that I am your constituent, I am part of the 99 percent, and I want to see the national conversation spurred by the Occupy movement reflected in the actions of Congress.”
U.S. Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121
FIND your Representative’s direct number
FIND your Senators’ direct numbers

– Bella Cennato Wade


Police arrest Occupy protesters on Steel Bridge

By KATU.com Staff Published: Nov 16, 2011 at 11:22 PM PST Last Updated: Nov 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM PST


Hundreds of Occupy protesters march in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A group of protesters that included many supporters of organized labor blocked the Steel Bridge on Thursday morning. In the end, 25 people were arrested before other protesters moved on to a rally at Waterfront Park.

The Occupy protesters are taking action in concert with other protests around the nation and world as part of a “day of action” known as “#N17” , Internet shorthand for November 17th. That day is the two-month mark of the start of the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City.

Officers told protesters in Portland via loudspeakers to vacate the Steel Bridge and began arresting protesters sitting down on the bridge. Once all the sitting protesters were arrested, the group began to move off the bridge.

Many protesters moved across the lower deck of the bridge to Waterfront Park.

Police worked to reopen the bridge to all vehicle traffic shortly after the protesters left the span.

KATU News reporter Lincoln Graves said local union members joined protesters before they moved onto the bridge. KATU’s Dan Tilkin reported some protesters sat down on the bridge and were willing to be arrested in acts of civil disobedience.

“I need health care, I need to keep my family home, I need to keep my family healthy,” said protester Sandra Thomason, who is a member of the local Service Employees International Union. “Occupy means stand until everything is done.”

Tilkin also reported that the crowd on the bridge was made up of more older people than was seen at the Occupy Portland protests at two downtown Portland parks. He saw around a dozen people being arrested.

Some praised the peaceful arrests.

“We’re learning how to do this better,” said Mac McKinlay, a retired landscaper and teacher.

A protest representative said the group was committed to non-violent protest actions. They say they are demonstrating against banks’ improper use of bailout funds, the influence of financial institutions on government and the low tax rate paid by the most wealthy, which they refer to as “the 1 percent.”

Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau said the protesters were “orderly” and officers were arrested some individuals then removed them from the area. The protesters were set to be cited and released unless there was another crime involved, Sgt. Simpson said.

Simpson said officers had to repeat many warnings to protesters asking them to clear the bridge. He said at times it was “like dealing with difficult children.”

Police said Wednesday they may use “chemical agents” such as pepper spray to disperse the crowd if need be.

The bridge remained closed to auto, bike and pedestrian traffic during the standoff but mass transit trains and buses for the most part got through. A TriMet official said some eastbound MAX trains were delayed for a short time.

Banks in Portland were on edge after Occupy protesters took over a Bank of America in San Francisco Wednesday and Occupy Portland said it plans to shut banks down here Thursday.

Protesters said they plan to march into banks and try to stop business. They claimed similar disruptions will happen in cities across the country in honor of the Occupy Wall Street’s two-month anniversary.

Portland protesters vowed not to be violent or destructive but banks are on high alert for whatever happens during “#N17” – the name Occupy protesters coined for the bank protests on Thursday.

One Portland bank had windows broken earlier this week but no arrests have been made in that incident and police did not say if they think the incident was related to the Occupy protesters.

“We want banks out of our democracy, and we are going to get the attention of the public to make that happen,” said Kari Koch, who is part of the group organizing the protest.

The plan was for peaceful civil disobedience like the sit-in in the Bay Area.

“It’s not just about shutting down the banks on this particular day,” said Koch. “It’s about getting out the message of why we want the banks shut down.”

“We need to bring the message that these financial institutions are corrupting our political system and damaging our communities,” said Occupy Portland protest David Osborn.

“There are a lot of complaints about big banks but if you think about this company, we started out with two employees, with Mr. Wells and Mr. Fargo in 1852, and we had no customers,” said Tom Unger with Wells Fargo. “The reason we became a big bank is people chose to do business with us.”

Unger said banks around Oregon are prepared with extra security so their staff and customers will feel safe.

“This group of protesters is very unpredictable, so you want to prepare for any contingency,” he said.

Occupy Portland voted as a group not to engage in any property destruction or violence. Its target is the big banks, not the local ones.

Police urge people to avoid the area around the Steel Bridge and Waterfront Park Thursday morning. The first march starts at 8 a.m.

Occupy protesters arrested in NYC finance district
By KAREN MATTHEWS | AP – Thu, Nov 17, 2011

These mayors have a decision to make about who they will stand with: The 1% or the 99%.
Occupy Mayors: Where do They Stand?

Day of Action: Nov. 17, 2011 in solidarity with the Occupy movement


Nobody likes a bully…
OWS 11/15/11:
Seattle Police officers deploy pepper spray into a crowd during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday…


Nov. 11, 2011 is World Freedom Day…
As a sovereign citizen of Planet Earth, we declare Nov. 11, 2011 to be World Freedom Day. On 11-11-11, we invite all the people of the world to reclaim whatever freedom and power have been lost to them in all aspects of our common life – politics, economics, education, religion, relationships, medicine, and all other areas. As a non-violent act of conscious resolve, we ask everyone on Earth to stop whatever they’re doing at 11:11 (local time) on 11-11-11 and spend one minute in silence, not working (unless in emergency services), not consuming, and not distracting ourselves. – Steve Beckow

OCCUPY (Assert our 1st amendment rights) ON WALL STREET – MORE ARRESTS!
Nov. 5th, 2011. More arrests… No freedom of speech or freedom of assembly on the sidewalk. The New York Police trampled on the rights of the 99%. They shut down the sidewalk in front of the federal court house, because hundreds decided to peacefully voice their displeasure with our government. How much longer can this country hold together when the most vital rights guaranteed by the constitution are denied daily? The 99% will not accept our inalienable rights being taken away by a government bought by the 1%. We will continue to occupy this nation until we can remove the corporate control of our government.

Reforms Needed and Inequities Found
‘Scrap the Cap’ on higher income payroll taxes to save Social Security & lower the deficit…

After watching this, does anyone NOT think that we need proper oversight and regulation?

There’s no sign except “200 West Street.” They don’t want us to know their average employee makes $422,000 a year. I bet that’s more than you make. A nobrainer. This morning NPR announced that it’s official: the stock market is now at its most profitable period in the past ten years. Great for Wall Street. Meanwhile Main Street languishes from a lack of jobs and capital. Our elected officials in Congress bailed out the very people who caused this GREAT Recession, and left us with the bill. They obviously value profits over people, finance over families. Only We the People can end this nightmare. THIS is Why We OCCUPY. Share this far and wide. You can walk around this building, but you won’t find even one sign designating its tenant, Goldman Sachs, whose sacks of gold consist of the sweat equity of working class Americans and their taxes used to bail out the Wall Street investment banksters. There’s no sign except “200 West Street.” They don’t want us to know their average employee makes $422,000 a year.  This morning NPR announced that it’s official: the stock market is now at its most profitable period in the past ten years. Great for Wall Street. Meanwhile Main Street languishes from a lack of jobs and capital. Our elected officials in Congress bailed out the very people who caused this GREAT Recession, and left us with the bill. They obviously value profits over people, finance over families. Only We the People can end this nightmare. THIS is Why We OCCUPY.
– Jere Douglas

200 West Street

Spirituality, Ethics, Morality and Oneness

Don’t look to someone else to do all the work. Pitch in and participate, lend your time and effort and opinion. Altogether, we are responsible for each other and for the Earth… We ARE the world… BE the change you want to see in the world.

Much of the Occupy movement’s power comes from a simple moral message: It’s wrong to wreck the world. It’s wrong to wreck the health and hopes of others, and it’s wrong to wreck America. Occupy the moral high ground!

Sign the Declaration Of Peace And Oath Of the Family of Man…

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Occupy Aloha | Occupy Central | Occupy Democracy Resources | Occupy Earth | Occupy Everything | Occupy Planet | Occupy World |

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Millions of people, in hundreds of cities around the world are coming together to say no to a violent and brutal system…
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