Police Brutality

Submitted by tnjp on August 16, 2008 - 4:51pm.


Denver officials weren't planning to reveal details about where activists would be detained in the event of mass arrests during the Democratic National Convention until after the event had started, but those plans were quickly dashed this week when CBS 4News reporter Rick Sallinger not only revealed that protesters would be locked up in a city-owned warehouse, but he also obtained clear video footage inside the facility, a building that includes barbed wire-topped cages and signs warning of stun-gun use.

Submitted by tnjp on December 20, 2007 - 5:29pm.

Protesters clash with police over New Orleans demolitions
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Thursday December 20, 2007

Violence broke out in New Orleans on Thursday after police shut the gates of City Hall against protesters who were attempting to enter a City Council meeting that was expected to approve the demolition of 4500 units of public housing. When about 100 protesters broke through, police began using pepper spray and tasers and even engaging in fistfights with the demonstrators.

MSNBC spoke to Judith Brown-Dianis of the Advancement Project, an organizer of the demonstration, who explained that the City Council normally allows people to stand in the aisles and at the back but had arbitrarily set a strict limit on the seating capacity in order to exclude the protesters. She said the violence could have been avoided if the police had just let people in.

"What's behind this is a new vision for the city," Brown-Dianis told MSNBC. "That means fewer poor people in the city. There's a lot of money going into this.".... (video below the fold)

Submitted by tnjp on November 25, 2007 - 7:45pm.

Protest activities announced By Paul Flemming November 24, 2007
Here are some of the events of the week announced by organizers on Friday:


  • 6 p.m., Sunday at Free Spirit Community Church in Springfield for a mass meeting.

  • 7 p.m., Monday at Providence FGME Church in Springfield for a political forum.

  • 7 p.m., Wednesday at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Panama City for a prayer meeting.

  • 7 p.m., Friday, at the Glenwood Community Center in Panama City for a youth rally.

  • 9 a.m., Dec. 1, beginning at Redwood Cemetery for a march to the Bay County Juvenile Courthouse, with a rally set for 11 a.m. at the courthouse.


PANAMA CITY — Six weeks after the verdict in the Martin Lee Anderson case, ministers and activists announced a week of events to mark their outrage at the outcome.

Seven former drill instructors and a camp nurse were cleared of all charges in the death of Anderson, a Panama City teen who died Jan. 6, 2006, after he was struck, kneed and forced to breathe ammonia capsules at a Bay County juvenile boot camp...

Submitted by tnjp on November 16, 2007 - 5:27pm.

Does anyone else think it's time to take away their tasers?


Taser video shows RCMP shocked immigrant within 25 seconds of their arrival
Last Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2007 | 12:52 PM ET CBC News

An eyewitness's video recording of a man dying after being stunned with a Taser by police on Oct. 14 at Vancouver International Airport has been released to the public.

The 10-minute video recording clearly shows four RCMP officers talking to Robert Dziekanski while he is standing with his back to a counter and with his arms lowered by his sides, but his hands are not visible.

About 25 seconds after police enter the secure area where he is, there is a loud crack that sounds like a Taser shot, followed by Dziekanski screaming and convulsing as he stumbles and falls to the floor.

Another loud crack can be heard as an officer appears to fire one more Taser shot into Dziekanski.

As the officers kneel on top of Dziekanski and handcuff him, he continues to scream and convulse on the floor....

Submitted by tnjp on October 13, 2007 - 7:08am.



FSU, FAMU students walk out in reaction to verdict
October 12, 2007 By Jim Ash Florida Capital Bureau Chief
TALLAHASSEE -- Some students walked out of classes at Florida A&M University and Florida State University today to protest the not-guilty verdict handed down in the trial of seven boot camp guards and a nurse accused of manslaughter in last-year's death of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson.

"I just got several phone calls. Please let everyone know that we are not organizing this, these people walked out on their own. The kids are just mad." said Vanessa Baden, an organizer for the Student Coalition for Justice....

Photo slideshows at the Tally Dem here and here...
audio of protestors chanting...
more news and video below the fold...

Submitted by tnjp on September 7, 2007 - 11:32pm.

See Video - www.tnjp.org/node/203
Police break up anti-war meeting in Washington
Thu Sep 6, 5:35 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Mounted police charged in to break up an outdoor press conference and demonstration against the Iraq war in Washington on Thursday, arresting three people, organizers and an AFP reporter said.

Submitted by tnjp on August 29, 2007 - 10:30pm.



Guard Uses Taser on Man Holding Newborn By JUAN A. LOZANO Tue Aug 14
HOUSTON - In a confrontation captured on videotape, a hospital security guard fired a stun gun to stop a defiant father from taking home his newborn, sending both man and child crashing to the floor. Now William Lewis says his baby girl suffers from head trauma because she was dropped.

"I've got to wonder what kind of moron would Tase an adult holding a baby," said George Kirkham, a former police officer and criminologist at Florida State University. "It doesn't take rocket science to realize the baby is going to fall."...

Submitted by tnjp on May 3, 2007 - 3:51pm.



5-1-07 LAPD ASSAULTS IMMIGRATION REFORM DEMONSTRATORS
Towards the end of what would otherwise have been a peaceful march and rally, LAPD riot police fired rubber bullets into a crowd of immigration reform demonstrators in Los Angeles Tuesday, May 1, 2007... (more videos below the fold)

Submitted by tnjp on May 2, 2007 - 1:07pm.

National Immigrant Solidarity Network, ActionLA Coalition
Statement on LAPD Brutally Attacks May Day Immigrant Marchers at McArthur Park
May 1, 2007 10:00 PM PST

National Immigrant Solidarity Network and Action LA is outraged to learn that at about 6:30 PM, May 1, the LAPD fired rubber bullets and tear gas into crowds of hundreds of people at the May Day rally in McArthur Park. This was after the police had declared an unlawful assembly. Most of the people present did not hear or know about the police declaration..

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