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Tue Jul 24, 2012, 10:40 PM

Veterans Peace Team Calls on Police to Cease Aggression Against Peaceful Protesters

In June, U.N. envoys called on the U.S. government to protect the rights of peaceful protesters. However, the rights to free speech and freedom of assembly to demand redress of grievances by the government continue to be met instead with police violence and efforts to intimidate and deter protesters. From Seattle to Los Angeles to Minneapolis to New York, police are increasing their aggression towards peaceful Occupy protesters by their presence in large numbers dressed in riot gear, the use of weapons such as rubber bullets and pepper spray and escalating charges against those who are arrested.

On the morning of July 10, a SWAT police team in Seattle, WA, raided an apartment where organizers of the Occupy Movement were staying. The organizers were working on the “Everything 4 Everyone Festival.” There were no arrests but the apartment was ransacked.
In Los Angeles, police are escalating their attack on Occupiers and others who are using chalk messaging to increase awareness about a dispute between a development corporation and small businesses, people of color and homeless people who are being forced out of the area near Skid Row in downtown. There have been more than a dozen arrests, outrageous bails set and aggression, including rubber bullets and bean bags that have caused serious injuries to peaceful protesters. In Anaheim, police opened fire with rubber bullets on a crowd and turned an attack dog loose on a woman holding a baby.
Occupy Our Homes protesters in Minneapolis are now being charged with serious crimes in an effort to prevent more protesters from defending people being forced out of their homes.
Recently in New York, Occupiers who walked 99 miles from the Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia to New York City as part of the Guitarmy March were greeted with police aggression. [See below]
These recent events come on the heels of possible high profile entrapments of Occupiers in alleged incidents in Chicago and Cleveland. All of this seems to be a co-ordinated law enforcement clampdown against Occupy.

Tarak Kauff, a U.S. Army veteran, a member of Veterans For Peace and one of the founders of the Veterans Peace Team, says, “We are now and always have been a country led by wealthy politicians and business interests addicted to war and violence as a source of wealth and power. They instigated and waged war on indigenous peoples living relatively peacefully on this continent and the wars have continued unabated from there. Violence now permeates practically every aspect of our culture but we are seeing it manifested most by those who carry weapons and badges, those very people and institutions we depend upon to 'keep the peace.'"

How many times do you know of that the U.N. has asked the United States to protect it's own people?

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 10:54 PM

1. My fear

is that with the escalation in violence we are seeing directed against protestors is that at some time in the very near future those protestors will return fire with deadly consequences for both the protestors and police. The question is not if that will happen but when. My fervent hope is that I am wrong!

I fear that if that does indeed happen and if cooler heads do not prevail in the aftermath that we could in fact decline into open violent revolt against the government or open civil war.

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Response to bakpakr (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 11:10 PM

2. I've wondered about that ... I think that's why DHS is going to

great lengths with surveillance and all the rest of it ... It's unfortunate that the right to peacefully assemble and protest is being challenged more and more.

That, IMO, is what made the US adaptable to change. My fear is TPTB and the 1% want to ensure Americans, the majority, are kept fully in line so their way of life and profitability is not threatened.

Their fear is, IMO, that OWS might stir too many into thinking WTF, just what is our future.

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 11:35 AM

3. Improving Police

As my new book strongly states, the hallmark of a good police department in a democracy is how they properly respond to public protest while protecting the people's rights. For more discussion on improving our police, take a look at it and visit my blog, “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police.” My blog is at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com/ where I discuss these and other current police improvement issues. Good luck and may we all experience great policing!

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Response to davidcouper (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 11:43 AM

4. This is interesting! It would be great I think if you posted this information as an

Original Post in General Discussion rather than as a reply here so it has greater visibility. You probably have to word it correctly so some don't think it's spam regarding your book.

This is an area that really needs to be addressed.

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