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Sun Jun 16, 2013, 02:28 PM

84. Suffering police brutality is not a lawful price of peaceful civil disobedience

I guess what I don't understand is how you (and your friend) can insist that for protesters to be pure and noble they must accept beatings and brutality as "part of the journey," surrendering their civil rights and forfeiting recourse to pursue justice.

Occupiers around the country have faced the consequences of civil disobedience without surrendering their rights. They have engaged in marches and potests specifically directed against police brutality; have availed themselves of legal representation in court and in many cases have successfully defended against the government's charges or succeeded in getting them dropped by authorities; and in some cases (including Scott Olsen's) have filed lawsuits against government agencies and personnel for police brutality and other unlawful actions.

Even MLK objected strongly to police brutality and organized hearings on the subject by SCLC.

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