Criminalizing Citizen Journalism in New York

13 12 2011

UPDATE:  Video of NYPD targeting media on #D12

Original Post:

Heard reports that NYPD targeted observers with cameras for arrest yesterday, in their raid on a day of action targeting Goldman Sachs.  Here’s an account.  Busted for Tweeting, by Molly Knefel

Several cops pushed me away as I asked, “What is he being arrested for?  He was taking pictures.”  A cop said, “He didn’t produce an official press pass, so that means he was resisting arrest.”  I quite literally didn’t understand, so I said, “What?”  At that point, the same cop said, “If you don’t step back immediately, you will be arrested too.”

[. . . ]

A protester next to me was yelling at the cops, something about free speech or unnecessary force or any number of logical things to say at a time like this, I was too distracted to pay attention.  But then, an officer said to him, “Get out of my face.  I have a gun, and I don’t need people up in my face like this.”

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NYPD shred kids’ paper hearts commemorating Occupy arrestees before their very eyes

12 12 2011


“Parents for Occupy Wall St. March against police brutality. Children created 5,000 paper hearts one for every peaceful protestor arrested on behalf of the Occupy Wall Street movement in the three month period leading up to the march. The children delivered them to New York City Hall for Mayor Bloomberg only for the NYPD to aggressively tear them down and apart in front of the children. Children cried and the NYPD did yet another action against peaceful protestors. We as a country should not stand for this, get involved, speak up, do something for our children’s futures.”

West Coast Port Shutdown Live

12 12 2011 (Long Beach) (LA)

6:45am:  KPFA reports about 1,000 protesters, split in two groups at different entrances, Port of Oakland appears to be effectively shut down, since truckers are not expected to come to work this morning, although the Independent Arbitrator has yet to arrive to officially declare it an “unsafe” situation (i.e. picket line that truckers will not cross).

OakFoSho reported in the ustream above that Alameda County Sheriff deputies came out swinging this morning, clubbing a few people, totally unnecessary since there was no intention to actually enter the port, just block it.

Follow #d12 on Twitter.

UPDATE: Due to reports of Police Violence , Oakland port shutdown has been extended to 3am shift change in solidarity with the sites victimized by police.

[Note: West Coast Port Shutdown’s site lists 50 Occupies participating.]
Port of Oakland shut down: Day of action results in at least 27 arrests in three cities

Occupy SF: Police Standoff and Stand Down, Tents Return

8 12 2011

Updated twice

Original Post:

Police standoff at Justin Herman/Bradley Manning Plaza

Police standoff at Justin Herman/Bradley Manning Plaza

A convergence was scheduled for 6pm, following the early morning raid that removed the main encampment.  Police surrounded a group of OSFers in the center of the park, no one allowed in or out.

Among those corraled was a man who was injured in the confrontation with police.  A nurse offered care, but police would not allow her inside the park.  It took quite a bit of chanting by protesters before police finally allowed fire department personnel in to treat the injured, who was wheeled away on a gurney.

Another view of the standoff

The rationale for corraling people was that the park was closed.

At one point, supervisor Don Mar and an SFPD officer were permitted to speak over Occupy SF’s PA to make an offer to the assembled crowd, but the GA that took place within the corralled group offered different terms, requesting to be allowed to stay in the park to hold their meeting and for everyone present to be able to attend the meeting and come and go as they please without being arrested.

People were ziptied, eventually released

A number of people were ziptied, given citations, and eventually released.

Apparently there was no mutual aid from the sheriff tonight (not an emergency?), and SFPD was outnumbered.  Eventually the police gave up and left, their departure met with cheery and victorious farewells.

There are a few people still in custody from this morning’s raid, a couple on serious felony charges (arraignment tomorrow 9am 850 Bryant), one with $80k bail, according the NLG spokesperson who spoke at the GA that took place after SFPD departed.

Tents are back at Occupy SF

Tents are back, for now.

Upcoming Actions:

12/10 SAT.  International Human Rights MARCH

Reverend Billy is scheduled to appear at 2pm.  March from 3-5pm

12/12 MON.  West Coast Port Shutdown

Also, Occupy CCSF is having a 24-hour encampment at Ocean campus starting at 10am Thu 12/8 thru Fri 12/9 noon.

UPDATE 1: Video of SFPD Brutality

The gross brutality in this video was totally unnecessary.  Is it any coincidence that the victims of this extreme violence are African American men? Sickening.

Chris Jones was told by one cop he could sit there then another cop grabbed him from behind, dragged him down some steps, roughed him up and cuffed him. He lay flat, obviously in pain, for 30 minutes. Police turned ambulance away, and would not allow a registered nurse on site near him. Finally SF Fire dept took him away on a stretcher. He’s at SF General now.

UPDATE 2 (12/11/11)

9-minute video of what took place that evening:

“Although the San Francisco police had raided Occupy SF’s Justin Herman Plaza campus in the early morning hours, Occupiers re-took it at 6:00 that same evening. SFPD sent riot police who once again threatened the peaceful protesters, but #OccupySF refused to back down. I saw one protester speaking to a police officer who seemed to respond with marked emotion. I interviewed her about their conversation and asked what makes her so passionate about #Occupy. The resolution of the police conflict may surprise you.”

How to successfully Resist Police Intimidation and Defend Your Rights

6 12 2011

Via Occupy Eden

Not credited but pretty sure the videographer harassed by police is Mike Bonanno of the Yes Men, which just goes to show that they are not mere pranksters, not that there was ever any doubt.

The Yes Men have been engaged in an ongoing series of actions since the first week Occupy Wall Street began, including a bullfighting video posted previously.


Top 10 Tips for Filming #Occupy Protests, Arrests & Police Conduct

“I love you!” Occupy Melbourne responds to Brutality with Tent Monsters

4 12 2011

(Updated 6X.)

Original Post:

Occupy Melbourne asks: “Who’s breaking the law now?”

A brilliantly playful response to a series of brutal police actions:  chaos on November 25, and a prior eviction using “attack horses” and point blank pepper spray on October 21, shown in respective videos below.

Official Response: “Police have informed Occupy Melbourne that anyone wearing a tent will be arrested.”  Seriously, illegal to wear a tent?

UPDATE:  Another angle on Tent Monsters, still hilarious

UPDATE 2:  Occupy Melbourne has retaken City Square

UPDATE 3: (12/5/11)
Tent Protest Costume Violently Stripped from Protester’s Body

CNN plays Imperial Stormtrooper march when police try to evict Tent Monsters

‘Tent woman’ seeks intervention order against police: allegations of extrajudicial policing as well.

UPDATE 5 (12/8/11):  Police continue to assault women

UPDATE 6 (12/14/11)

East Coast live streams: DC and NY

4 12 2011

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OccupyDC Medics:  #occupydc housers being arrested a few at a time.. Fate of those on roof TBD

OccupyDC Medics: #occupydc housers being arrested a few at a time.. Fate of those on roof TBD

NY: The Other 99

More on Citizen Journalism:

Citizen Media Guild:

Citizen journalists’ ethics of covering #ows: ‘Are you with us or agin’ us?’

Press passes? We don’t need no steenkeeeng press passes- or do we? “The dronecam revolution will be webcast: Interview with Tim Pool of “The Other 99

Gigaom: “Occupy my TV: The birth of the citizen video reporter

Village Voice: “Occupy the Airspace: Surveillance Drones for the 99 Percent

Ustream: “Become a Citizen Journalist with Ustream Mobile Broadcasting Applications

Wesleyan Argus: “Occupy Movement Inspires New Generation of Journalists

CNN: “CNN Lays Off Photojournalists, Citing the Accessibility of Quality Cameras


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