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Fri Jun 1, 2012, 06:51 PM

115. I don't think this will be a difficult case. Olsen has already filed

on his own behalf and hopefully there will be a criminal case. The OPD have refused to speak to the press about the progress of their 'internal investigation' how long does it take really, seven months?) and I can understand their attempts to delay the obvious outcome of any court procedures on this case. At least THEY know the deep doo doo their violent cop has gotten them into. But eventually, this incident, which was watched as it happened around the world, so it won't go away, they will have to submit to the rule of law, like it or not.

Cops have been losing badly in OWS cases in court, because, as I said before, protesters were trained and prepared on the documentation of every incident, arrests, police brutality etc. Legal observers, videographers, eyewitness, taking down badge numbers, on the scene to record events, it was impressive how prepared they were, not to mention having lawyers at the scene in many instances.

The reason why cases have failed in the past against the police, is because people did not document the incidents, and police were free to lie with nothing to refute them. But the preparation of OWS has paid off, and when a judge sees proof of a cop lying, there isn't much he can do.

So I have every confidence that the 22 dismissed cases so far, will be repeated over and over, because citizens took the trouble to protect themselves against false arrests and against cops who were prepared to lie under oath. This movement is high-lighting problems that already existed within the police departments and hopefully, now that so many cases are being won, there will be a thorough investigation (already happening in NYC and Oakland) of police practices.

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