Guardian UK, 11/18/11
Occupy Oakland: footage shows police beating ‘peaceful’ Iraq war veteran
Oakland Police Department’s beating of non-violent protester Kayvan Sabeghi the night of the General Strike in Oakland has been reported previously, including on this blog, but this is the first video to show the actual beat down.
From The Guardian:
Video footage has emerged of a police officer beating an Iraq war veteran so hard that he suffered a ruptured spleen in an apparently unprovoked incident at a recent Occupy protest in California.
The footage, which has been shared with the Guardian, shows Kayvan Sabehgi standing in front of a police line on the night of Occupy Oakland‘s general strike on 2 November, when he is set upon by an officer.
He does not appear to be posing any threat, nor does he attempt to resist, yet he is hit numerous times by an officer clad in riot gear who appears determined to beat him to the ground.
Sabehgi, 32, an Oakland resident and former marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has since undergone surgery on his spleen. He says it took hours for him to be taken to hospital, despite complaining of severe pain. Police have told the Guardian they are investigating the incident.
The footage was recorded by artist and photographer Neil Rivas, who said Sabehgi was “completely peaceful” before he was beaten. “It was uncalled for,” said Rivas. “There were no curse words. He was telling them he was a war vet, a resident of Oakland, a business owner.”
While peaceful protesters across the country are getting maced, pepper sprayed, dragged by their hair, and beaten to the ground, those on Wall St. whose deliberately fraudulent practices caused millions of Americans to lose their homes not only walk free, noses held high, but enjoy the obscene largesse of enormous bonuses courtesy of taxpayer bailout.
It is through their shocking brutality that police around the country are helping the OWS movement to wake people up to what is really wrong.
UPDATE: via boingboing.net
Report: NYPD cop pushes New York Supreme Court Judge into wall
By Rob Beschizza at 6:59 am Friday, Nov 18
I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested… As I’m standing there, some African-American woman goes up to a police officer and says, ‘I need to get in. My daughter’s there. I want to know if she’s OK.’ And he said, ‘Move on, lady.’ And they kept pushing with their sticks, pushing back. And she was crying. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he throws her to the ground and starts hitting her in the head,” says Smith. “I walk over, and I say, ‘Look, cuff her if she’s done something, but you don’t need to do that.’ And he said, ‘Lady, do you want to get arrested?’ And I said, ‘Do you see my hat? I’m here as a legal observer.’ He said, ‘You want to get arrested?’ And he pushed me up against the wall.