The words “To Protect and Serve” are written on the side of every police car we see, but having witnessed the militarization of our police on the Occupy movement one has to question “Whom do they serve, and who are they really protecting?”
Just recently, the city of Oakland was ordered to give a 4.5 million dollar settlement to a former marine injured in a Occupy demonstration. Scott Olsen an Iraq war veteran and anti-war activist suffered brain damage after being struck in the head with a lead filled bean bag fired by a police officer. Veteran hurt by Police during Occupy Oakland set to receive 4.5 million
In Los Angeles CA, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa apologized for what he says was an abuse of power on his part. The mayor stated, “It has been difficult for me to sleep at night knowing what political and physical abuse that I have issued against these peaceful protesters. He continued to incite incidents like the highly militarized 2011 raid against the Occupy LA encampment, which included 1,400 LAPD officers and 292 arrests. If given the opportunity to do it all over again the mayor says he wished he had focused more on putting the real criminals in jail, the bankers. Mayor Villaraigosa apologizes for 18 months of abuse for Occupy LA
Obama made this statement to the Ukraine, “The united states condemns in the strongest terms the violence that’s taking place,” Mr. Obama said. “We hold the Ukrainian government primarily responsible for making sure that it is dealing with peaceful protesters in appropriate way, that the Ukrainian people are able to assemble and speak freely without fear of repression.” Ukrainian president calls truce with protesters after deadly clashes; fighting continues next day
The fact that Obama used the Ukrainian government’s treatment of it’s protestors as a stance to reprimand them is so hypocritical. It’s like being Sweeney Todd and telling Jack the Ripper, “You might want to cut back on slicing people’s throats for awhile ’cause it’s really not in vogue at the moment.”
Mainstream media’s portrayal of the protester intelligibly paints a negative image for those who exercise their first amendment rights. They often depict the activist as hostile and one step away from being considered a domestic threat to Homeland Security.
The National Defense Authorization Act Fiscal Year 2012 affirms provisions authorizing the indefinite military detentions of civilians, including US citizens, without habeas corpus, or due process, contained in the Authorization For Use Of Military Force.
Technically, you can be labeled a “domestic terrorist” for conspiring and engaging in a protest, and such a technicality has already happened.
Check out what transpired in Chicago Illinois…
A jury acquitted three NATO summit protesters Friday of breaking Illinois’ rarely tested state terrorism law, but did convict them on lesser arson counts.
Defense lawyers scoffed at the portrayal of their clients as terrorists. They described them as drunken goofs who were goaded into the Molotov cocktail plot by the officers. NATO Protesters Convicted Of Arson And Mob Charges, But Not Terrorism
I met Mike Smith while we were both guests on Fight Church TV hosted by rapper turned activist Jessie Sponberg. Having been in a swat style federal raid with the DEA near a California medical marijuana dispensary, and recent participation in Occupy LA, I fully understood the benefits of filming the police in order to monitor their behavior on duty. A few weeks later I joined Carrie and Mike in a Saturday evening of Film The Police Portland in downtown Portland Oregon.
I kept in touch with Mike primarily though facebook. About a month ago I noticed a video that he posted in the news feed titled, “FTP Portland Police Torment The Homeless”.
In the video a Portland Oregon police officer gives a ticket to a homeless man because the tarp he is sleeping under is considered a “structure”, and apparently one must have a permit to put up a “structure”, on public property. Portland Oregon is known for having a heavy rain season and the homeless have been sleeping under tarps for years. Why are they all of the sudden writing tickets and enforcing such laws now?
Could we be witnessing classicism mandated by local government on the homeless population enforced by the police?
The International Day Against Police March and Rally was carried out in several different several cities in the US. What was different about the march in Portland Oregon was that we also marched against the Portland police’s treatment of the homeless.
When Mike Smith invited me to join the march and rally on March 15, 2014, not only did I want to participate, but I asked Mike if he would be a guest on my Freedom Of Joyce show to discuss the increasing police control over US citizens.
The above video is the actual broadcast of of the interview. Here is a brief synopsis of the show:
Freedom of Joyce host Tere Joyce, announces that she will live stream the protest over the Global Illumination Council website at thegic.org the following day. Gun Advocate DinoDad32.com joins the show in the second hour to give us The Freedom Report on gun control laws in Connecticut. The militarization of the police is discussed, and mainstream media’s success in creating a growing population of people who are docile in the face of inappropriate police authority.
Several people gave testimony in this video as to why they were at the rally and marching. They speak from their personal experience with police brutality and share their loss of loved one’s lives. The protesters gathered at City Hall and marched to Right 2 Dream Too. (R2Dtoo) provides refuge for Portland’s community who cannot access affordable housing or shelter space.
The reason why I chose to march in this protest is because I feel that America is becoming a police state. It is clear to me that our government has used militarized police coercion on US citizens who are exercising their first amendment rights. This is disturbing to me.
To what lengths will our government go to stop us from free speech and free expression? Why does engaging in a constitutional act warrant such violent actions against it?
In the protest video, an activist shouts to the crowd at the rally, ” We are not just marching against the police we are a marching against the people who order them to do these things.” “The police are nothing more than the mechanism by which this occurs.”
Yup, that pretty much sums it up for me too.