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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Oakland protests: in their own words

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 10:21 AM

OK, so I'm a litle late with this, but in case you want to hear it for yourself -- without the filter of the damned corporate media -- here is Deputy Police Chief Paul Donaldson describing police tactics used in Oakland during the G20 during a press conference on Monday. As you'll hear, Donaldson sounds ... skeptical ... of student accounts of what took place there last Thursday and Friday nights. 

But as noted in this space yesterday, we've only begun hearing from the students. A rally tonight seems likely to amplify their concerns-- especially if the half of what I heard from organizers last night proves true.

In the meantime, you might want to check out today's column by Brian O'Neill. O'Neill and I apparently share the belief that what happened in Oakland might be -- at least in part -- a case of supply-side oppression. The police had all this equipement, and sooner or later they were going to use it. As O'Neill writes:

An old saying goes "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail."

The corollary might be that when police don riot gear, everyone looks like a rioter.

But O'Neill also reports a partial explanation for this video, which shows police staging a photograph with an arrestee:

A "trophy arrest" video making the rounds on the Internet shows a person made to kneel on Forbes Avenue before a dozen or more officers for a group photo by their supervisor. That captures the work of a Chicago police contingent Friday night. Pittsburgh police Chief Nathan Harper stated that's not a "trophy photo" but the required documentation of the arrest.



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