Oct 21, 2011

Why Are Police Attacking Peaceful Protesters? How OWS Has Exposed the Militarization of US Law Enforcement
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Written by : Tom George| 0 | Political

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As the number of Occupy Wall Street arrests nears 1,000, instances of police brutality continue to pile up. Felix Rivera-Pitre was punched in the face in New York during a march through the city’s financial district; Ryan Hadar was dragged out of the street by his thumbs at Occupy San Francisco; and at Occupy Boston, members of Veterans for Peace were shoved to the ground and dragged away for chanting and peacefully occupying a local park.

These efforts to intimidate the protesters are symptoms of three decades of policies that have militarized civilian law enforcement. Sgt. Shamar Thomas, a U.S. marine at the Occupy Wall Street protests, was so appalled by the behavior of the NYPD that he loudly confronted a group of 30 officers, shouting at them: “This is not a war zone. These are unarmed people. It does not make you tough to hurt these people. If you want to go fight, go to Iraq or Afghanistan. Stop hurting these people, man, why y’all doing this to our people? Why are y’all gearing up like this is war? There are no bullets flying out here.”
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    skyisland2 hr 25 min ago

    Military tactics of war applied to peaceful protesters.
    Not a good sign if the Earth is to survive..
    Scientific evidence altered.
    News filtered.
    Why.
    I have theory.
    That force being deployed.
    The 99 to 1 disparity of wealth and power.
    Is perhaps the efforts of the 1% who are psychopaths.
    To remain in power at expense of all else.
    Confronted now by the 99.
    Who want life.
    Why
    Because truth.
    Real power is from within.
    A sense of meaning and of conscience.
    Is the reason people are people and true life begins.

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