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Pepper-spraying campus police won’t face charges


Associated Press

Sept. 20, 2012

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The University of California, Davis police officers who doused students and alumni with pepper spray during a campus protest last November won’t face criminal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The chemical crackdown prompted widespread condemnation, campus protests and calls for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi after videos shot by witnesses were widely played online. Images of an officer casually spraying orange pepper-spray in the faces of nonviolent protesters became a rallying point for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

But the Yolo County District Attorney’s office said in a statement that there was insufficient evidence to prove the use of force was illegal.

A task force appointed by the university concluded in April that the Nov. 18 pepper-spraying was “objectively unreasonable” and could have been prevented.

‘Occupy’ activists use iPhone line as podium for protest


Sept. 19, 2012

NEW YORK — A group of about 12 people who say they’re part of the Occupy Wall Street movement have joined the iPhone 5 line in front of Apple’s flagship Manhattan store on 5th Avenue, CNET has learned.

According to two members who spoke to CNET, the group is there to protest Apple’s labor practices, as well as what they see as the commercialization and waste that the company and its gadgets represent.

The two OWS members couldn’t say exactly what form the protest would take or when, but the group had a few small signs in their possession. It wasn’t long after the OWS group arrived that police set up crowd-control barriers.

Occupy Wall Street protesters: Protect them, recognize human rights begin at home


Washington Post
Sept. 17, 2012

The police crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street movement, since its beginning one- year ago today on Sept. 17, 2011, undermines core American values of freedom in the eyes of the world.

Particularly now, when extremist religious rhetoric is being used (and abused) to spark anti-American demonstrations around the world, this is an especially important time for the practice of respect for freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, freedoms that are indispensable to the freedom of religion and the practice of democracy, to be on display in the United States.

Instead, what the world is seeing is photos of arrests of Occupy protesters as they attempt to take their message of Wall Street’s responsibility for the nation’s economic meltdown to the streets once again and call for policies that support economic equality and fairness.

Suppressing the message of Occupy Wall Street is wrong on many levels, both political and religious. It is anti-democratic, and also, in my view as a Christian pastor and teacher, in contradiction to the message at the center of the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth of caring for the poor, and rejecting violence.

Arrests Near Stock Exchange Top 100 on Occupy Wall St. Anniversary


New York Times
Sept. 17, 2012

More than 100 arrests were reported on Monday, the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, as protesters converged near the New York Stock Exchange and tried to block access to the exchange.

Demonstrators had planned to converge from several directions to form a “human wall” around the stock exchange to protest what they said was an unfair economic system that benefited the rich and corporations at the expense of ordinary citizens.

Police officers and protesters squared off at various points, with protesters briefly blocking intersections and sidewalks before being dispersed and sometimes arrested.

The police appeared prepared to counter the protesters’ blockade with one of their own, ringing the streets and sidewalks leading to the exchange with metal barricades and asking for identification from workers seeking to gain access.

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Occupy Wall Street returns to NYC, arrests follow


Market Watch
Sept. 16, 2012
By Sam Mamudi

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Activists returned to downtown Manhattan Saturday, ahead of the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests and announced plans to surround the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.

Several media reports said about 25 people were arrested, mostly during a March from Washington Square to Zuccotti Park.

The Wall Street Journal said Sunday that it wasn’t clear what charges protesters faced, and a New York Police Department spokesperson wouldn’t confirm that any arrests had been made.

Twitter must produce Occupy protester’s tweets or face contempt


Sept. 11, 2012
By Joseph Ax

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twitter must hand over the tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protester to Manhattan prosecutors by Friday or face civil contempt and a hefty fine, a New York City judge said on Tuesday.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino told a lawyer for Twitter that the San Francisco-based social media company had had 73 days to comply with his June 30 ruling ordering it to produce nearly three months’ worth of tweets from Malcolm Harris. The Occupy member was arrested during a mass march across the Brooklyn Bridge last October.

“You have until Friday to cure any potential contempt,” Sciarrino told Terryl Brown, the lawyer representing Twitter. If the company does not comply by then, he said, he would consider Twitter’s earning statements for the last two quarters in determining the appropriate fine.

Occupy Hong Kong Protesters Forcibly Removed


New York Times
Sept. 10, 2012

HONG KONG — Court officers and the police shut down the 306-day-old Occupy Hong Kong protest Tuesday in the street-level plaza under HSBC’s Asia headquarters, spending six hours in a sometimes disorderly confrontation that ended with the removal of the dozen protesters and the seizure of their tents and other possessions.

Representing the last vestiges of what was once a global movement, protesters screamed, shoved and in a few cases threw their bodies at police officers and court bailiffs.

Even as the bailiffs dismantled the last pieces of the encampment late in the afternoon, a protester with a megaphone vowed, ‘‘We’ll die before we leave!’’

Undercover Austin police officers aided Houston Occupy protesters


Houston Chronicle
Sept. 5, 2012
By James Pinkerton

The bushy-haired, bearded protester called “Butch” didn’t say much during the Occupy Austin planning sessions. Instead, he took members aside and pressed them to turn to more aggressive tactics, not a surprising strategy for a national grass-roots movement that has spawned hundreds of arrests.

It turns out that Butch, however, wasn’t some wild-eyed activist intent on bringing down the top “1 percent.” He was actually Austin police detective Shannon Dowell, working undercover with two other officers who had infiltrated the Austin branch of the protest movement.

“One of the things Shannon especially was doing, he would pull people aside from the general conversation and say debating isn’t really the answer. We need to escalate the tactics and move to action,” said Austin protester Ronnie Garza. “That’s the kind of character we’re dealing with.”

Did police go too far in undercover Occupy mission?

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Sept. 1, 2012

HOUSTON (KTRK) — When Occupy protesters chained themselves together with PVC pipes outside the Port of Houston in December, they might have expected to get arrested and perhaps even charged with misdemeanors for disturbing the peace, but they did not imagine getting felony charges.

That protest and those arrests led to an investigation involving Austin police officers who infiltrated the Occupy movement. They are accused of being part of the action that led to the charges.

The key question here: did Austin police officers go too far when they went undercover during the local protest?

FBI raids homes of Occupy protesters in Oregon and Washington


Aug. 13, 2012
By Tom Carter

Over the last month, heavily armed “domestic   terrorism” units of the FBI used battering rams and stun grenades to conduct early-morning raids on the homes of political protesters in Seattle and Olympia, Washington and Portland, Oregon. On July 25, three homes were raided in Portland alone and, since July 10, as many as six homes have been raided.

These raids are only the latest in an emerging pattern of similar raids conducted by the Obama administration in order to terrorize, suppress and chill political dissent, in flagrant violation of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

“The warrants are sealed,” FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele told the Oregonian newspaper, “and I anticipate they will remain sealed.” Steele described the raids as part of an “ongoing violent crime” investigation, which is related to the recent Occupy May Day protests, during which a number of minor acts of vandalism allegedly took place.