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This time their own human rights for a change;

A "chilling" video showing a police officer pepper-spraying Occupy Wall Street protesters as they sat calmly on the ground at a US university has gone viral on the internet.

The footage, which was circulated on YouTube, captured the policeman walking up and down the line of protesters and spraying into their faces at close range.

The officer's reaction prompted immediate outrage among faculty and students.

Onlookers screamed out for the officer to stop before chanting "shame on you" as the protesters on the ground were handcuffed and led away.

The incident happened at the University of California campus in Davis, about 80 miles (130km) north of San Francisco, on Friday.

The university's chancellor, Linda Katehi, described the video as "chilling" and said she was forming a task force to investigate - despite calls for her to step down.

In a message posted on the school's website she added that it "raises many questions about how best to handle situations like this".

Many Twitter and Facebook comments supported the students and criticised the response. Actress Mia Farrow tweeted that it was a "stomach-churning" video.

However, a law enforcement official who watched the clip called the use of force "fairly standard police procedure".

University spokeswoman Karen Nikos said nine people hit by pepper spray were treated at the scene, while another two were taken to hospitals and later released. Ten people were arrested.

Police actions have been in the spotlight as officers clash with the thousands of people who have been holding protests and marches in cities across the world as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement for the past two months.

So much so, in the days after the forcible Oakland protest eviction in the US last month, police chiefs and mayors held conference calls to discuss containment strategies.

It was decided that police departments would turn to pepper spray to try to quell large crowds as opposed to rubber bullets and tear gas.
(WTF, Baton rounds are out, torture is in)

Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement say they are upset that billions of dollars in bailouts given to banks during the recession allowed them to make huge profits again, while average Americans have suffered from high unemployment and rising costs as the economy struggles to recover.

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Police Brutality: “Military Style” Cops Raid Ordinary Family & Shoot Their Dogs

Here is a video showing a search warrant served on a “suspected drug dealer” by the Columbia Montana police department. The military style operation triggered by a neighbour’s tip-off that proved wrong ended in six shots being fired inside the house.

An example of the 'vicious' corgi breed that police shot to protect themselves
This was a family home with husband, wife and children. The family had two dogs, a pit bull caged in the kitchen and a corgi. The safely-caged pit bull was shot dead, the corgi is recovering.

The operation was undertaken the middle of the night and the police were using torches inside the house. In the circumstances it is very lucky that one of the children didn’t get shot.

The owner of the house was laying face-down on the floor co-operating but the stupid cops still kept yelling at him. Far from being a big-time drug dealer the guy had a “a small amount of marijuana” in his possession. In the USA that means less than a few grams, in other words personal use.

Obviously this idiot police force needs to do a bit more investigation before it applies for a search warrant and the equally stupid authorities who authorise warrants need to realise that cops “ain’t too bright” before they rubber stamp their requests.

Terrorism by cops is spreading like a virus encouraged and supported by local and national government. Citizens need to put lawful pressure on their Representatives to reign this brutality in.

Columbia Mo SWAT Raid 2/11/2010. Cops Shoot Pets With Children Present - YouTube!
 

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Police Brutality: “Military Style” Cops Raid Ordinary Family & Shoot Their Dogs

Here is a video showing a search warrant served on a “suspected drug dealer” by the Columbia Montana police department. The military style operation triggered by a neighbour’s tip-off that proved wrong ended in six shots being fired inside the house.

An example of the 'vicious' corgi breed that police shot to protect themselves
This was a family home with husband, wife and children. The family had two dogs, a pit bull caged in the kitchen and a corgi. The safely-caged pit bull was shot dead, the corgi is recovering.

The operation was undertaken the middle of the night and the police were using torches inside the house. In the circumstances it is very lucky that one of the children didn’t get shot.

The owner of the house was laying face-down on the floor co-operating but the stupid cops still kept yelling at him. Far from being a big-time drug dealer the guy had a “a small amount of marijuana” in his possession. In the USA that means less than a few grams, in other words personal use.

Obviously this idiot police force needs to do a bit more investigation before it applies for a search warrant and the equally stupid authorities who authorise warrants need to realise that cops “ain’t too bright” before they rubber stamp their requests.

Terrorism by cops is spreading like a virus encouraged and supported by local and national government. Citizens need to put lawful pressure on their Representatives to reign this brutality in.

Columbia Mo SWAT Raid 2/11/2010. Cops Shoot Pets With Children Present - YouTube!
Just too bloody silly for words.
 

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At least we're not running over protesters with tanks...
No one was squashed but lightly ruffled, and note the little chap, you know the one with the big balls who stood in front of the tank? Never been heard of since eh:D Gotta love police work the world over eh, if not for politicians the police might just might do a decent job.
 

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That's called a Chinese Laundry, your clothes are pressed at no charge.
No No No, you did not read the small print, washing the blood, guts, snot and shit off is extra charge.
 

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Univ. of Calif., Davis police chief now on leave

APBy JASON DEAREN | AP – 52 mins ago


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The president of the University of California system said he was "appalled" at images of protesters being doused with pepper spray and plans an assessment of law enforcement procedures on all 10 campuses, as two police officers and the police chief were placed on administrative leave.

"Free speech is part of the DNA of this university, and non-violent protest has long been central to our history," UC President Mark G. Yudof said in a statement Sunday in response to the spraying of students sitting passively at UC Davis. "It is a value we must protect with vigilance."

Yudof said it was not his intention to "micromanage our campus police forces," but he said all 10 chancellors would convene soon for a discussion "about how to ensure proportional law enforcement response to non-violent protest."

Protesters from Occupy Sacramento planned to travel to nearby Davis on Monday for a noon rally in solidarity with the students, the group said in a statement.

UC Davis said early Monday in a news release that it was necessary to place police Chief Annette Spicuzza on administrative leave to restore trust and calm tensions. The school refused to identify the two officers who were place on administrative leave but one was a veteran of many years on the force and the other "fairly new" to the department, Spicuzza earlier told The Associated Press. She would not elaborate further because of the pending probe.

Videos posted online of the incident clearly show one riot-gear clad officer dousing the line of protesters with spray as they sit with their arms intertwined. Spicuzza told the AP that the second officer was identified during an intense review of several videos.

"We really wanted to be diligent in our research, and during our viewing of multiple videos we discovered the second officer," Spicuzza said. "This is the right thing to do."

Both officers were trained in the use of pepper spray as department policy dictates, and both had been sprayed with it themselves during training, the chief noted.

Meanwhile, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said she has been inundated with reaction from alumni, students and faculty and would speed up an investigation that was to have taken three months.

"I spoke with students this weekend and I feel their outrage," Katehi said in a statement Sunday.

Katehi also set a 30-day deadline for her school's task force investigating the incident to issue its report. The task force, comprised of students, staff and faculty, will be chosen this week. She earlier had set a 90-day timetable.

She also plans to meet with demonstrators Monday at their general assembly, said her spokeswoman, Claudia Morain.

The UC Davis faculty association called for Katehi's resignation, saying in a Saturday letter there had been a "gross failure of leadership." Katehi has resisted calls for her to quit.

"I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident," Katehi said Sunday. "However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again. I feel very sorry for the harm our students were subjected to and I vow to work tirelessly to make the campus a more welcoming and safe place."

The incident reverberated well beyond the university, with condemnations and defenses of police from elected officials and from the wider public on Facebook and Twitter.

"On its face, this is an outrageous action for police to methodically pepper spray passive demonstrators who were exercising their right to peacefully protest at UC Davis," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said in a statement Sunday. "Chancellor Katehi needs to immediately investigate, publically explain how this could happen and ensure that those responsible are held accountable."

The protest Friday was held in support of the overall Occupy Wall Street movement and in solidarity with protesters at the University of California, Berkeley who were jabbed by police with batons on Nov. 9.

Nine students hit by pepper spray were treated at the scene, two were taken to hospitals and later released, university officials said. Ten people were arrested.

Meanwhile Sunday, police in San Francisco, about 80 miles south of Davis, arrested six anti-Wall Street protesters and cleared about 12 tents erected in front of the Federal Reserve Bank.

Across the bay in Oakland, police made no arrests after protesters peacefully left a new encampment set up in defiance of city orders.
 
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