Woman arrested in OccupyOakland: tear gas came first, cop withheld medicine

Listener Alyssa calls in with her story of being one of the first arrested Tues AM in Oakland…

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9 Responses to Woman arrested in OccupyOakland: tear gas came first, cop withheld medicine

  1. Smack-dab says:

    This kind of reaction to a peaceful protest isn’t something new for Oakland police.

    Security equipment and its use in torture and other ill-treatment
    At Port of Oakland, California, on 7 April 2003, around 700 protestors gathered to picket shipping company APL, which transports munitions worldwide. “It was a peaceful, legal picket, not a blockade”, David Solnit, of Direct Action to Stop the War, told The Guardian, a British newspaper. Police ordered the demonstrators to disperse, but reportedly less than a minute after they’d given the order, started to fire into the crowd. “They fired rubber bullets, wooden bullets and beanbags right into the crowd”, Solnit said. (76) At least 21 people were injured, nine of whom were bystanders.

    One of the weapons Oakland police used that day – wooden baton rounds – were deemed unacceptable for use in Northern Ireland in the 1970s because of their capacity to cause serious head injury and/or blindness. The use of bean bags is being discontinued by some police departments in the U.S. because the bags can break bones, and individual lead “beans” can penetrate the body. Amnesty International has called on the Oakland Chief of Police to conduct a full enquiry into what appears to have been excessive and indiscriminate use of force by police officers on 7 April 2003, involving weapons defined as “less than lethal”. No inquiry has yet been held into the incident. A lawsuit against the Oakland city and police authorities alleging violations of demonstrators’ civil rights is pending.

  2. John Salmond says:

    Thank you Alyssa, A BEATIFUL PERSON — thanks for that interview, Sam. You are doing important work and doing it very well.

    It is people like Alyssa who are the real strength of OWS everywhere

  3. bikegata@copper.net says:

    Horrific. Alyssa’s story has got to make it to the lamestream press. But I don’t think it will. It seems that it takes someone getting shot in the head by the police to make the lamestream news. Not that Scott Olsen shouldn’t make the ‘mainstream’ news, but all the other injuries and torture by the police will be overlooked now, and Scott’s injury will be deemed an aberration.

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