Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said today that he wants to discipline 44 of his officers for misconduct in their handling of Occupy Oakland protesters at three major demonstrations in the past year. Jordan said at a briefing at City Hall that his Internal Affairs division has received 1,127 complaints about alleged officer misconduct at Occupy Oakland protests in the past year.
Jordan also revealed that one of his officers - not an officer from an outside agency - fired a beanbag that critically injured Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen on Oct. 25, an incident that galvanized the Occupy movement.
A scathing report released Friday by the Oakland, Calif., police department came down hard on certain Oakland officers for their part in three Occupy protests on the streets of Oakland last year.
It also said for the first time that it was an Oakland police officer who fired the bean bag shot that hit and critically injured an Iraq war veteran. That officer, according to Chief Howard Jordan, is also the subject of a criminal investigation connected to the injury to Scott Olsen.
The city's official report followed an unprecedented 1,127 complaints by citizens against officers during those protests that happened on Oct. 25 and Nov. 2 of 2011, and Jan. 28 of 2012.
They were part of the Occupy movement that brought tens of thousands of people to Oakland for a series of demonstrations that turned violent.
Chief Jordan said he wants to fire two officers, demote another, suspend or give a written reprimand to over a dozen for their actions during the violent protests. Another 23 will receive written reprimands and 3 others will receive counseling and additional training.
Chicago police on Saturday night were targeting livestreamers, journalists, photographers and broadcast journalists, according to reports from many Twitter feeds.
As I piece together some of those events, Luke Rudkowski just loaded this video into the system, and it gives a clear look at the moment the Chicago police stopped the car he was sharing with Tim Pool. Unfortunately, the police shut down Luke's livestream so he wasn't able to capture the entire episode. As noted in the Twitter feeds, the apartment where the livestreamers were staying was raided by police.
“Place where @TimCast & @LukeWeAreChange staying raided. Young woman there, terrified, called @NLGChicago #noNATO”
At this time, at least Tim Pool and Luke Rudkowski are out of handcuffs and detention, and you have to love their dedication, they've got their livestreams back up and running and they're safe.
What follows is Pool's livestream as it recorded the armed police detaining the pair. Note there are short intervals with just darkness and no sound. But first, a few important tweets from @Timcast that will update you on how he's doing:
Tim Pool @Timcast
We were told by another streamer that police on scanner are awaiting us to announce out location. #NATO #noNATO #journaraid
Tim Pool @Timcast
We are told the police scanners are tracking us... #NATO #noNATO
Tim Pool @Timcast
Trying to find a safe place to sleep #NATO #noNATO
Tim Pool @Timcast
Calming down, still paranoid after being cuffed at gunpoint. #nato #nonato Live at http://timcast.tv
"Ring of Steel" likens the surveillance-happy police state in New York City—whose violent, militaristic tactics were exposed thanks to the emergence of Occupy Wall Street—to a discordant cacophony of noise music set against stark concrete from which cameras sinisterly protrude. Thousands of cameras capture our visage each day—something this film won't let you forget.
If you had any remaining doubt that we're now living in a police state here in the U.S., what happened early this morning at the Occupy Wall Street Livestream office should make it painfully clear.
Ever since September 17th, 2011 and Zuccotti Park, Global Revolution Media has been a large supplier of the media coverage has been covering the Occupy Wall Street movement both here in the U.S. and internationally, providing followers of the movement with raw video footage and keeping their viewers informed.
Monitoring livestreams coming across the internet, the media team picks the best ones for rebroadcast. This small team of dedicated media broadcasters serving the Occupy movement makes finding information quick and easy, making following a plethora of events and breaking occupy news possible for followers. The Global Revolution media team operated out of a leased studio office at 13 Thames Street in Brooklyn, but continuing to do so is in doubt at this time, and the future of the operation in jeopardy.
Earlier this morning, Global Revolution Studios was ordered to vacate from their building by the NYPD in conjunction with the building department. It took three separate departments visiting 13 Thames to finally come up with a reason to remove the Global Revolution team with a posted notice despite having all applicable paperwork for the department of buildings in order. The reason given to me by the Global Revolution team is “A made up sprinkler condition.” Supporting this allegation of falsified conditions is that the very same building passed the same inspection standards back in 2011 in the month of November with no comments or concerns as to the buildings integrity or its sprinkler system.
It’s also odd how the first floor and cellar is imminently perilous to human life, and the floors directly above are perfectly fine. Even the person living illegally in the basement is perfectly fine where he is, meaning it’s specifically the area that Global Rev occupies and nothing else. One could accurately allege that this was a direct attack against one of the major voices of the movement and considering Global Revolutions direct affiliation with the Occupy movement; has made it an obvious target for this attack on free speech. The overreaching plan of these actions has been to suppress the ability of Occupy to communicate and to share the movements’ collective stories as they unfurl. By being a nexus of streams and information, authorities are attempting to do a top-down decapitation of the movements’ media coverage by once again isolating the information to the general public.
Six key members of the team were arrested at the Thames Street location, "charged with Trespass, Obstructing Governmental Administration and Resisting Arrest. They are likely to remain in jail overnight," according to Global Revolution's TV blog.
“We can do all of this from laptops”—Vlad Teichberg, GlobalRevolution.TV, after the #OccupyWallStreet and international live news protest channel was evicted from its NYC base.
Thames Street isn't the first home occupied by Global Revolution, and doubtful it would be it's last. In the beginning, activist Vlad Teichberg of Global Revolutiona worked in a small, dark, second-floor room in a clapped-out building on Lafayette at Bleecker. (His neighbors include the War Resisters League, the Socialist Party USA, and the Libertarian Book Club.) This is the original home office of globalrevolution.tv, which channels vérité video from occupations around the world through hosting sites such as Livestream.com.
Here's another view of the earlier video of the NYPD arrests yesterday at the Winter Garden atrium in Lower Manhattan's financial district.
Early in the video above, you'll see officers clearly single out a male member of the media with a camera and laptop who is holding his press credentials out in plain view for easy identification. In violation of the First Amendment, the NYPD aggressively target people holding cameras or press credentials during the near riot created by their aggressive tactics. Occupy TVNY reports that five photographers and videographers, and one New York Times reporter were among those arrested.