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This should be a thing:

carton-rouge:

A non-profit community service where police officers can go to help them rehabilitate and find replacement jobs that don’t require them to be morally reprehensible. Kinda like “Cops Anonymous.”

I wonder if this would increase the amount of people who can leave, like the two officers in Denver rumoured to have quit over police treatment of protesters. There are plenty of instances where cops have said that what is happening to protesters is “heartbreaking.” Perhaps this would help. I can’t imagine quitting a stable job is easy to do in this economy.

Does this sort of thing exist somewhere?

The Bad and The Ugly: Police Officers’ Forum Abuzz over Scott Olsen’s Injury

Here’s the thread on the Officer.com forums, a popular spot for police from different departments around the world to gather and chat about… being assholes, presumably. A veritable wellspring of the best of humanity, to be sure.

Anyway, there are a few gems:

If it was a cannister…it must have bounced. Surely a direct hit from the cannister would have killed him. Before any deployment of “less lethal” riot control, there is an announcement and a way out…if you disregard the announcement…you are fair game.

Is he a soldier? I hope the Navy dude and him get court martialed if they are active duty.

Media is going crazy with this. He is a Iraq war vet. Mayor called for dispersement…and now is apologizing because someone got hurt! Duh! She just got into the position and is as wishy washy as all heck.

[This user’s forum signature is priceless: “This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can’t desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you’ve made.”]

But it is ironic that so many that claim first amendment rights are so willing to ignore everyone else’s and the law. Anarchists are the most confused people on Earth, they want rights when it suits them and ignore laws when it suits them. If they really were anarchists then might makes right, if you lose, tough crap. If a hundred thugs rape you and take all your stuff that’s too bad but they cry bloody murder if they think someone is infringing on their speech.

This is the type of ex military these things usually attract. Being his roomdog got hemmed up also screams ‘drugs’ to me. way to serve ‘honorably’ azzhat.

Well we know this idiot wasn’t a veteran of combat. He would have learned how to duck.

Maybe he should have smoked less weed and snorted less coke and his reaction time could have been a lot better and he could have avoided the canister.

And to be fair, there is a voice of reason…

He did two tours of duty in Iraq.

You know…the kid made a poor choice and got hurt. and probably for a dumb reason. It was an unfortunate accident. I’m not saying you should feel sorry for him, but at least say a prayer for his family. not like you care, but his condition has improved. His brain is no longer swelling.

People’s smartass comments here and general meaness is pretty ugly.

… but he gets shutdown by someone else in fairly short order:

If you have worked in the field you would understand. But to let you in on a little secret, cops and firefighters laugh and make jokes about a lot of messed up stuff. :P

BTW the guy is still an idiot IMO.

With people “serving and protecting” like this, it’s no wonder why some people say that ACAB.

Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran injured during police attempts to clear Occupy Oakland on Tuesday, has given a sign of appreciation for the wave of goodwill shown by fellow protesters across the US.

Olsen’s roommate, Keith Shannon, said the 24-year-old gave a “thumbs-up” after being told of the support he has received – which has included vigils across the US and marches against police brutality.

Olsen, 24, suffered a fractured skull when he was apparently being struck by a police projectile on Tuesday and is unable to talk. Officers from more than 15 different police agencies were involved in operations in Oakland on Tuesday, which included the use of tear gas and ‘less lethal’ weapons.

Shannon said he had visited Olsen on Sunday, and told him of the reaction to his injuries across the hundreds of Occupy protests. “He gave a thumbs-up,” Shannon said.

Olsen was hit on the right side of the head, damaging the speech centre of the brain. Video footage showed a police officer throwing a non-lethal explosive near to a stricken Olsen as fellow protesters came to his aid.

Shannon told the Guardian that Olsen is still communicating via written notes – although these tend to be short – and that Olsen’s spelling has suffered since he was injured.

“He only really writes when he needs something,” Shannon said. Olsen keeps a notepad and pen beside him on the bed to issue the messages, which often consist of just one word.
Mayor of Oakland Jean Quan’s website “mimicked,” fake apology statement proposes to “ban banks and abolish money”

From NBC Bay Area:

A website claiming to be the official site of Oakland Mayor Jean  Quan appeared recently, mimicking the official Oakland website entirely, but  adding a statement of support for “Occupy Oakland” demonstrations that did  not come from Quan, according to officials in the mayor’s office.

The website at www.oaklandmayor.com is almost an exact replica of  the city’s official website at www.oaklandnet.com, including previous  statements the mayor has made on the Occupy Oakland protests.

But the website has added a fabricated letter purportedly from  Quan apologizing to protesters for the police response to protests Tuesday,  where the Occupy Oakland encampments at Frank Ogawa Plaza were raided,  resulting in dozens of arrests, and police used tear gas, rubber bullets and  smoke grenades to keep protesters away from the plaza later that night.

"I offer my sincere apology for ordering the violent repression of  the Occupy Oakland encampment in front of city hall," the fake statement  stated.

The letter, which was also distributed at Occupy Oakland  demonstrations, went on to say that Quan endorsed Occupy Oakland’s calls for  a general strike in Oakland on Nov. 2. The mayor’s office released a  statement Saturday clarifying that the letter was “bogus.”

Some gems from the “fake” letter:

The Occupy Oakland general assembly has called for a general strike on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, and I heartily endorse this call. The Occupy Oakland encampment was just the kind of experiment in mutual aid and direct democracy that is needed. And a general strike could bring this to a new level. In fact, I want to up the ante to show I’m on the right side of history again.

Oakland was the last city in the U.S. to have a general strike, in 1946, and it was known as a “work holiday.” This harks back to the first call for a general strike in 1832: William Benbow’s pamphlet, “Grand National Holiday,” in which he called a month‐long strike. I propose we do that! … There’s plenty of wealth to go around. We just have to share it… I say ban the banks and abolish money. The people are breaking out of their acquiescence. They can make decisions over their own lives. The Occupy Oakland encampment prefigured a way of life that makes the status quo obsolete. Instead of an exploitative system based on the buying and selling of things and our time, let us create a life of ease, gaeity and pleasure for all, as William Benbow originally suggested. Let us not only shut the city down. Let us take it over and run it in a wholly new way. Together we can make every day a holiday.

If only this were accurate…

socialdemocracy:

“It’s not every day you get to see a night court magistrate smack down the governor of Tennessee,” a legal observer said outside the Metro Courthouse at 2:30 a.m. today, as fog shrouded downtown in mist.

Yet that’s what happened in the early morning hours, as Metro Night Court Judge Tom Nelson told the troopers who arrested 25 peaceful Occupy Nashville protesters at midnight on Legislative Plaza — along with Scene reporter Jonathan Meador, who was attempting to get off the plaza when he was cuffed and hauled off — that the curfew being enforced at the Capitol had no constitutional grounds whatsoever.

“I have reviewed the regulations of the state of Tennessee, and I can find no authority anywhere for anyone to authorize a curfew anywhere on Legislative Plaza,” Judge Nelson told a grimacing trooper, before ordering the immediate release of everyone arrested.

Some 30 additional protesters greeted those released with cheers and chants of “This is how democracy works!” They were last seen at 4 a.m. marching victoriously up Deaderick Street — back to Legislative Plaza.

Meador, meanwhile, greeted news of his imminent release with a tweet from custody: “Can I go home now?” His request of a ride home from Gov. Haslam for the inconvenience was met with silence.

cognitivedissonance:

The photo above, taken by Jay Finneburgh, shows Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen being carried away after he was struck in the head by a tear gas canister thrown by Oakland police during last night’s raid on Occupy Oakland.
Video shot at the scene shows police throwing a flash grenade into the crowd as other protesters rush to help him:

Olsen did two tours of duty in Iraq and is a current member of Veterans for Peace. He’s now listed in critical but stable condition with swelling of the brain and a skull fracture. He is also on a respirator due to the doctors sedating him in order to evaluate the possible injury to his brain.
From The Guardian:

Keith Shannon, who served with Olsen in Iraq, arrived at the hospital after protesters contacted him through Facebook. He confirmed Olsen had a fractured skull, and said he had been told by a doctor Olsen also had brain swelling. A neurosurgeon was due to assess Olsen to determine if he needed surgery, Shannon said.
“It’s really hard,” Shannon said. “I really wish I had gone out with him instead of staying home last night.”
Shannon, who is also 24, said he had seen the video footage showing Olsen lying on the floor as a police officer throws an explosive device near him. “It’s terrible to go over to Iraq twice and come back injured, and then get injured by the police that are supposed to be protecting us,” he said.

This is utter brutality. Scott Olsen enlisted in the military, fought for the U.S. in combat, and is thanked for it with a severe head injury while defending his fellow citizens from police action at home. Veterans for Peace have stood with numerous camps, including Boston, where elderly members were beaten by police.
In Oakland, despite police using multiple rounds of tear gas, flash grenades, rubber bullets and beanbag projectiles on protesters, they remained peaceful. Police denied the use of tear gas initially, but confirmed it at a press conference today. It was also claimed this started because a protester threw a rock at police, while Oakland Mayor Jean Quan stated the raid was because of “unsanitary conditions” and “ongoing vandalism” happening because of Occupy Oakland.
As for police denying the use of flash grenades and rubber bullets, the video above shows use of the flash grenade, and here’s a rubber bullet picked up by a demonstrator:

How long will this police aggression against unarmed, peaceful protest be allowed to continue? Scott Olsen is merely one of its victims. We, as citizens, must demand an end to the vicious crackdown at occupy protests across the nation. Remember, be peaceful, but stand resolute.
The tides are moving in favor of occupy movements. For example, Occupy Cleveland just won the right in federal court to occupy a city park around the clock. The judge wrote the demonstrators of Occupy Cleveland had their First Amendment rights violated and ordered the city to grant the protesters a permit.
Solidarity forever, my friends. Do not let the police scare you away.

cognitivedissonance:

The photo above, taken by Jay Finneburgh, shows Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen being carried away after he was struck in the head by a tear gas canister thrown by Oakland police during last night’s raid on Occupy Oakland.

Video shot at the scene shows police throwing a flash grenade into the crowd as other protesters rush to help him:

Olsen did two tours of duty in Iraq and is a current member of Veterans for Peace. He’s now listed in critical but stable condition with swelling of the brain and a skull fracture. He is also on a respirator due to the doctors sedating him in order to evaluate the possible injury to his brain.

From The Guardian:

Keith Shannon, who served with Olsen in Iraq, arrived at the hospital after protesters contacted him through Facebook. He confirmed Olsen had a fractured skull, and said he had been told by a doctor Olsen also had brain swelling. A neurosurgeon was due to assess Olsen to determine if he needed surgery, Shannon said.

“It’s really hard,” Shannon said. “I really wish I had gone out with him instead of staying home last night.”

Shannon, who is also 24, said he had seen the video footage showing Olsen lying on the floor as a police officer throws an explosive device near him. “It’s terrible to go over to Iraq twice and come back injured, and then get injured by the police that are supposed to be protecting us,” he said.

This is utter brutality. Scott Olsen enlisted in the military, fought for the U.S. in combat, and is thanked for it with a severe head injury while defending his fellow citizens from police action at home. Veterans for Peace have stood with numerous camps, including Boston, where elderly members were beaten by police.

In Oakland, despite police using multiple rounds of tear gas, flash grenades, rubber bullets and beanbag projectiles on protesters, they remained peaceful. Police denied the use of tear gas initially, but confirmed it at a press conference today. It was also claimed this started because a protester threw a rock at police, while Oakland Mayor Jean Quan stated the raid was because of “unsanitary conditions” and “ongoing vandalism” happening because of Occupy Oakland.

As for police denying the use of flash grenades and rubber bullets, the video above shows use of the flash grenade, and here’s a rubber bullet picked up by a demonstrator:

A police 12 ga. cartridge and a rubber bullet. #OccupyOakland on Twitpic

How long will this police aggression against unarmed, peaceful protest be allowed to continue? Scott Olsen is merely one of its victims. We, as citizens, must demand an end to the vicious crackdown at occupy protests across the nation. Remember, be peaceful, but stand resolute.

The tides are moving in favor of occupy movements. For example, Occupy Cleveland just won the right in federal court to occupy a city park around the clock. The judge wrote the demonstrators of Occupy Cleveland had their First Amendment rights violated and ordered the city to grant the protesters a permit.

Solidarity forever, my friends. Do not let the police scare you away.

Remember that rubber rounds can kill when they are aimed directly at the face. We have at least two well-documented accounts of protesters being hit in the face by rubber bullets. Were the police aiming for the head? Or just terrible shots?

(Hint: ‘violent thugs’ and ‘all of the above’ are also acceptable answers.)

Oakland Police’s press release: would be right at home in the Syrian Information Ministry

From last night’s press release from the Oakland Police Department:

Q. Did the Police deploy rubber bullets, flash-bag grenades?

A. No, the loud noises that were heard originated from M-80 explosives thrown at Police by protesters.

The San Francisco Chronicle begs to differ:

Protesters scattered in both directions on Broadway as the tear gas canisters and several flash-bang grenades went off. Regrouping, protesters tried to help one another and offered each other eye drops.

Moar disinformation:

Q. Did the Police use tear gas?

A. Yes, the Police used a limited amount of tear gas for a small areas as a defense against protesters who were throwing various objects at Police Officers as they approached the area.

Or at protesters who were helping injured people. Or, for just hanging out in the streets, really. Take it away, IBT:

California police resorted to tear gas as many as five times Tuesday, attempting to force hundreds of Occupy Oakland protesters to disperse.

So was it used to make them disperse, or was it used in self-defense? Were flash-bangs used, or were they not used? The videos certainly seem to show that they were used in copious amounts.

This is nonsense. Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan must resign.

Thousands gathered in front of Oakland’s City Hall this evening in response to last night’s violent police invasion and destruction of Occupy Oakland’s camp.

Tonight, police have again used tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets to forcefully disperse the lawful assembly by Oaklanders. Some injuries have been reported. We will have more information as it becomes available.

At this time, this appears to be the most violent police attack on protestors since the Occupy movement began.

Thousands gathered in front of Oakland’s City Hall this evening in response to last night’s violent police invasion and destruction of Occupy Oakland’s camp.

Tonight, police have again used tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets to forcefully disperse the lawful assembly by Oaklanders. Some injuries have been reported. We will have more information as it becomes available.

At this time, this appears to be the most violent police attack on protestors since the Occupy movement began.

A person with knowledge of the investigation says an NYPD police deputy inspector violated department guidelines when he used pepper spray on Occupy Wall Street protesters last month.

The video from the Sept. 24 incident shows Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna blasting a cluster of women with pepper spray. Two of the women crumple on the sidewalk in pain. One screams.

A source confirmed to NBC New York an internal NYPD review found that Bologna violated department standards on pepper spray use.

The investigation findings were first reported by The Associated Press.

Bologna has been docked 10 vacation days for the violation, the source said. He may choose to appeal the decision.