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Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:30 PM

Legal Experts File Complaints about Widespread Rights Violations in Policing of Occupy Movement

Source: Occupy Wall Street

Legal Experts File Complaints about Widespread Rights Violations in Policing of Occupy Movement


The City of New York must take immediate action to correct the clear pattern of abusive policing of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests, said legal experts in a complaint filed Wednesday with New York City authorities, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the United Nations. The complaint is based on a report providing in-depth documentation and legal analysis of widespread human rights violations in New York City’s treatment of Occupy protests over the past ten months.
The 132-page report—Suppressing Protest: Human Rights Violations in the U.S. Response to Occupy Wall Street—is the first in a series by the Protest and Assembly Rights Project, a national consortium of law school clinics addressing the United States response to Occupy Wall Street. The report is available at: http://www.chrgj.org/projects/suppressingprotest.pdf
“Recently, officers repeatedly yanked the broken collarbone of a protester as he begged them to stop hurting him. And just two weeks ago, a phalanx of officers removed a grandmother from a park for the ‘crime’ of knitting in a folding chair, arrested a man trying to help her leave, and then arrested another man filming the incident,” said NYU Law School Professor Sarah Knuckey, one of the report’s principal authors, who also witnessed these incidents. “These are just two of hundreds of examples we document in our report, demonstrating a pattern of abusive and unaccountable protest policing by the NYPD.”

In the report experts catalog 130 specific alleged incidents of excessive police force, and hundreds of additional violations, including unjustified arrests, abuse of journalists, unlawful closure of sidewalks and parks to protesters, and pervasive surveillance of peaceful activists. Yet, to date, only one police officer is known to have been disciplined for misconduct in the context of OWS policing.


Read more: http://occupywallst.org/article/aug-11-14-student-power-convergence-columbus-oh/



One of the changes the report calls for is an independent inspector General for the NYPD and to hold the abusers accountable, if not this complaint will be handed over to Federal authorities...


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Reply Legal Experts File Complaints about Widespread Rights Violations in Policing of Occupy Movement (Original post)
midnight Jul 2012 OP
Comrade Grumpy Jul 2012 #1
sabrina 1 Jul 2012 #2
midnight Jul 2012 #13
sabrina 1 Jul 2012 #15
xtraxritical Jul 2012 #3
midnight Jul 2012 #12
RoccoR5955 Jul 2012 #4
nadinbrzezinski Jul 2012 #5
99th_Monkey Jul 2012 #6
raouldukelives Jul 2012 #7
dregstudios Jul 2012 #8
snot Jul 2012 #9
U4ikLefty Jul 2012 #10
Bozita Jul 2012 #11
sabrina 1 Jul 2012 #14
midnight Jul 2012 #16
bvar22 Jul 2012 #17
woo me with science Jul 2012 #19
Earth_First Jul 2012 #21
midnight Jul 2012 #22
midnight Jul 2012 #24
bobthedrummer Jul 2012 #18
midnight Jul 2012 #23
Uncle Joe Jul 2012 #20
annm4peace Jul 2012 #25

Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:33 PM

1. Good. Somebody has to rein in the NYPD, and it ain't gonna be the mayor.

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:34 PM

2. Good, and this will add to all the other complaints against the NYPD, which seem to always be

'under investigation' with no results because they are not often as high profile as the OWS abuses were or as well documented. Kudos to the Organizers who made certain that these abuses were fully documented.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 01:45 AM

13. I think the journalist who experienced these abuses provided the sunlight that normally gets

blocked out in these cases...

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Response to midnight (Reply #13)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 02:29 AM

15. Yes, the NYPD made the mistake of abusing even MSM journalists and Elected Officials such as

City Council members. There is also a lawsuit filed recently against Bloomberg, the City of NY and the NYPD I believe, where journalists and City Council members have joined OWS protesters to bring these abuses to court. The discovery phases of these lawsuits should help shine a long needed light on some of their activities, eg, who was giving them orders.

This phase of OWS is turning out to be very interesting. And organized. Having prevailed in so many court cases recently, exposing the lies, sometimes under oath, of the police, and false arrests, thanks to all those citizen journalists who documented every arrest, this kind of complaint now has far more strength behind it.

Glad to see they have included the UN. Someone asked recently if US Protesters should be asking the UN for protection against their own government and Police Departments. I know I thought it was a good idea when it became obvious that brutalizing these protesters was intentional policy and it became increasingly dangerous to participate, added to the silence from Congress and the WH on the criminal behavior and denial of Constitutional rights.

I wonder if this is the first time that Americans have reached out to outside organizations for assistance since our own government has either failed, or was complicit in these oppressive abuses and denial of rights?

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 03:52 PM

3. It's not just the NYPD it's police departments in almost every city across this country.

 

Cops are out of control everywhere. They want the public to fear them. It's time for the cops to fear the public.

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 01:32 AM

12. Your right... I'm waiting for the Occupy folks in California to come forward with their complaints

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 04:31 PM

4. Dontcha Know?

That Police don't have to obey the law, because they ARE the law!
That's the attitude of many of them. And some of them are actually bullies, who want to show off how much of a man they are with their big stick, taser, and gun.

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 05:49 PM

5. Wait, you mean what many of us said was happening

was actually happening? My eyes did not lie then.

Phew.

(for those who miss it, )

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 05:59 PM

6. I am SO glad this is happening. Bravo to these peeps. ~nt

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 06:26 PM

7. Sounds more like New Amsterdam these days.

The serfs had best watch their backs. The Dukes are displeased at this nuisance.

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 08:39 PM

8. End these Violations

When will we start holding officers accountable for their brutality and excessive use of force? The handling of protesters is Unconstitutional and endangers the basic rights of EVERY last American. Is this the country we were raised in, were men and women are beaten, gassed, pepper-sprayed and arrested for their disapproval of the government? We have to be careful to protect our Constitutional Rights! Raise awareness and do your part with these free posters I designed for the movement on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/11/propaganda-for-occupy-movement.html

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 09:41 PM

9. K&R'd.

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 11:10 PM

10. This is a big "no duh" to us in the Occupy Movement.

Still I am glad there are folks cataloging these abuses.

I have seen abuses happen many times at OLA. So many times that I got trained as a legal observer. We record these incidents so we can hold the police accountable for their abuses.

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 12:29 AM

11. Surprised to see so few recs. Thought this would be well over 100 by now.

Maybe disappointed would have been a better word choice.

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Response to Bozita (Reply #11)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 02:20 AM

14. Lots of people who would have been rec'ing posts like this

are no longer here. They are missed.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #14)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 07:50 AM

16. Yes... it is a bit quiet on the front where civil rights go because of their departure... I was

thinking that if we don't use them we lose them.

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 12:16 PM

17. It wasn't just New York.

The violent, militarized suppression of the OWS was organized and coordinated at the National Level.
THIS National "Coordination" of our Police Departments to suppress legal and peaceful protest is a threat to what is left of our democracy.

The Department of "Homeland Security", the Militarization of our Local Police Departments,
and the violent tactics used AGAINST American Citizens needs to be undone,
and examples made of those who designed it, advocated FOR it, funded it, and supported it.

This is worthy of a Congressional Investigation, but that would be worthless in 21st Century America because our Professional Politicians are members of the 1%,
and support a thuggish Police State to keep the underclasses in line.
THEY are the ones who built this abomination.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 01:24 PM

19. +1000000

Wake up, America.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 01:29 PM

21. Just recently happened here in Rochester, N.Y.

18 activists were arrested last week here...

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #21)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 04:58 PM

22. So this investigation can't happen soon enough!

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 10:00 PM

24. Thank you bvar22 you are right....

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 12:38 PM

18. A kick from Occupy Viroqua# n/t

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Response to bobthedrummer (Reply #18)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 07:46 PM

23. Bob what is going on in Viroqua?

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 01:27 PM

20. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, midnight.

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 12:30 AM

25. I was telling this to my Minneapolis Mayor's office

We have been calling the Mayor's office all week telling them to drop the charges on those trying to keep people in their home. and Especially drop the Riot charges. I told the person on the other line.. as a tax payer i ask the city drop the charges so we don't have law suits against the city and didn't she know that other cities are finding that the courts are ruling in favor of the "citizens" and their "Rights". She said and I quote: "oh yeah, name one". and I said well New York for one but I guess you didn't see that in the news yesterday.


*** so if you have a couple of minutes of free time if you could call our Minneapolis Mayor, and Attorney General and let them know it is shameful they are prosecuting those who try to keep people in their homes and be sure to name the city and state you are from.. the further away the better, and ask them to drop the charges.


Call-In: This is an opportunity for all of us to stand in solidarity with our creative and courageous occupiers. If you can’t come to court, please make phone calls:
Mayor R.T. Rybak at 612-673-2100
Assistant City Attorney Mary Ellen Heng at 612-673-2270
City Attorney Susan Segal at 612-673-3272

Ask them WHY Occupy protesters are facing unusually harsh charges.
Demand that they DROP ALL CHARGES on anti-foreclosure protesters.


July 25th marked an important day in the ongoing struggle. As 11 of the 37 people arrested defending the Cruz house arrived for their pre-trial hearing, they were joined by over 60 supporters demanding the city drop the charges. The courtroom was packed as all 11 refused to plead guilty to a range of charges, including 3rd degree riot, a gross misdemeanor. However, this next month will see court dates for many of those arrested during Occupy Homes MN actions–please come to show your support if you can!

Trial motions begin at 8:30 am, but it’s hard to tell how long the first day will last.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/422022844505688/ <http://www.facebook.com/events/422022844505688/>

Wednesday, Aug 1, 1:30 PM – Pre-Trial for May 30th eviction arrestees

Wednesday, Aug. 8 and Thursday, Aug. 9 , 1:30--Pre-Trial hearings


Background:
On October 20, 2011, hundreds of people participated in a demonstration in front of U.S. Bank in downtown Minneapolis, to draw attention to the fact that over 25,000 Minnesotans lost their homes to foreclosure in 2010 alone. 7 people were arrested in the intersection in front of the bank and charged with “interfering with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.”

Four of these people are scheduled to go to trial on July 30th, but on July 20th they had three more charges added (unlawful assembly, public nuisance and not complying with a “peace officer”)!

Nationally, the Occupy movement is facing increasing police brutality, police infiltration, and trumped up charges. Locally the Minneapolis city attorney’s office has decided to try to shut down the growing movement of people standing in solidarity with families struggling to save their homes from foreclosure by giving protesters outrageous charges. For example, the city prosecutors have escalated charges on the 14 protesters who defended the Cruz family home on May 30th. Prosecutors originally charged supporters with trespassing, but have now moved to significantly more serious charges including 3rd degree riot – a gross misdemeanor which carries a sentence of up to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine. As is happening across the nation, Minneapolis prosecutors are trying to intimidate Occupy protestors. Let’s do all we can to stop this attack on our constitutional right to protest in Minnesota. We witnessed similar repression in 2008 at the RNC, and we know how to stand up against it.
Don’t jail the movement, jail the bankers!

The Uptake Video of Rally at City Hall
http://www.theuptake.org/2012/07/25/occupy-protests-erupt-in-minneapolis-city-hall/

and one of the days of arrests. The City of Minneapolis is very mistaken to think prosecution will stop us
http://www.theuptake.org/2012/06/22/high-profile-arrest-at-evicted-minneapolis-familys-home/

125 community members gathered at the home of the Cruz family in South Minneapolis and 13, including hip-hop artist Brother Ali, were arrested when they crossed the police line to protest PNC Bank’s reversal of their commitment to work with the family after the family fell into foreclosure due to a bank error. Brother Ali, who grew up in north Minneapolis, has been an outspoken supporter of Occupy Homes anti-foreclosures protests for about a year.
In front of the crowd of supporters, each of the 13 spoke as to why they were willing to cross the police line before asking the officers to allow them to step onto the property and be arrested, bringing the total arrest count at the home to 39 within the past month.

Despite Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s statement that the city was not in the foreclosure business, nearly two dozen Minneapolis police officers stood guard on the Cruz home to protect it for mortgage holder Freddie Mac. The arrests they made were for trespass.


Here is one of the video's of 14 arrests. I was across the street watching as I had a bum leg.
anyhow check out the video yourself and see if there should be riot charges against the activists.. (maybe the cops but not the people).
http://www.kare11.com/news/article/977836/391/14-arrested-by-Minneapolis-police-after-foreclosure-protest

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