Thursday, October 27, 2011

Is this America or Iraq?: Cops Get Violent with Occupy Oakland Protesters (VIDEO)

Now, I don't like to jump to conclusions about any story without getting all the facts, but it is extremely difficult to see the justification for the recent actions taken by Oakland police who bombed a crowd of unarmed protesters with tear gas.  When I watch the video below it begs the question: was all of that really necessary?  You are the Oakland PD and you can't allow a peaceful protest by a group of kids to take place in your town without turning it into a scene from Saving Private Ryan?  These are fellow Americans right?  Isn't it true that when the Tea Party protested, they went so far as to bring GUNS to their rallies???  Yet, these kids have no weapons (the PD is claiming that rocks and bottles were thrown) and what do they get?  Tear gassed like animals.  All because they want to express their frustration with Wall Street which has severely damaged the American dream that, until recently, used to allow for upward mobility through mere hard work and determination. 

From the San Francisco Chronicle:


An Iraq war veteran who was injured during the raucous Occupy Oakland protest Tuesday night was upgraded to fair condition this morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland, a nursing supervisor said.
Scott Olsen, 24, of Daly City, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, was among the hundreds of protesters who filled the streets of downtown Oakland to protest the police dismantling of the encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall.
Keith Shannon, Olsen's roommate who served with him in Iraq, said doctors told him Wednesday night that Olsen was unconscious and breathing with the help of a respirator. He was initially reported to be in critical condition.
The antiwar group said Olsen suffered a skull fracture when he was hit by a "blunt object."
Video footage shows a protester, identified by the antiwar group as Olsen, being knocked to the ground at 14th Street and Broadway after police lobbed an object - possibly a tear gas canister - at a group of protesters.
While he lay wounded in the street, other protesters came to his aid. The footage then appears to show an officer tossing another canister toward the group helping him.
One protester can be heard screaming "What the f- " at police while a demonstrator angrily bangs his sign on the street.
Video below after the jump:
 
When you watch this video, close your eyes and listen to the sounds and tell me if this doesn't sound like a foreign war zone in another country somewhere:




QUESTIONS:
1. Assuming a few kids did, in fact, throw some bottles or rocks at some police officers, does that justify the Oakland PD's actions here?
2. What does it say about our country that this can happen to our war veterans after they come back home from fighting for our freedom?
3. Do you support the Occupy Wall Street protests?
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