Class War in Oakland?

Wow, this kind of looks like war:

Riot Police at Occupy Oakland on Oct.25, 2011

Photo by Jane Tyska

On Tuesday, October 25th, Oakland police attacked peaceful Occupy Oakland protesters. They shot rubber bullets, bean bag rounds (bags filled with lead balls) and tear gas, and lobbed flash-bang grenades. They deny this, but video from the scene makes the facts clear.

They cracked the skull of Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran, and then lobbed grenades at those who rushed to help him.

Scott Olsen, Iraq veteran

Stillframe from Youtube video above

This Laura Flanders video shows the chaos pretty clearly.

I’m surprised to say that the Washington Post has a good article about the incident and Scott Olsen’s injuries.

The Root also discusses the police attack.

A photo slideshow is available at the LA Times.

In related news…

Further south in LA, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa explains his priorities:

He decided the camp could not stay … because of concerns about the condition of the lawn and trees.

“Look, our lawn is dead, our sprinklers aren’t working . . . our trees are without water,” the mayor said.

Sounds a lot like the tactics used at other Occupy locations, such as the purported deep concern for the flower beds in Liberty Plaza, New York and the plaintive calls by the authorities of Boston for Occupy Boston to PLEASE THINK OF THE SHRUBBERY!

Side note of interest: Google reports that, “We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove.”

Huh.

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2 thoughts on “Class War in Oakland?

  1. Been a while since Google stood up for the people. They keep waffling on those kinds of decisions. I never know whether I should be cursing or loving them. I’ve just decided that working for them is probably too much.

  2. Would it be an improvement upon your current condition, in your opinion?

    Yeah, Google. Sometimes not evil. Sometimes evil. I just celebrate the small victories, like this little revelation of police repression.

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