Did Oakland Police Intentionally Shoot Marine Vet Scott Olsen In the Head?

Marine Veteran Was Peacefully Standing When Attacked by Police

The following photograph on videos show that Marine veteran Scott Olsen was peacefully standing at the Oakland protest when police fired a projectile at him:

Did Police Intend to Hit Olsen In the Head?

Here is a photo of the ammunition or projectiles which police shot at the Oakland protesters:

http://i.imgur.com/7LD0F.jpg

Karl Denninger argues that the police intended to hit Olsen in the head:

One ex-Marine — a combat veteran — took a rubber round in the head. He is in critical condition and may die. That was not a mistake; that was aimed fire and an intentional assassination. Sorry folks, that’s facts – from 50′ you don’t “miss” and hit someone in the head with these things if you’re shooting for the legs or other non-vital parts. He was shot in the head by someone who aimed for the head. Those projectiles are not “non-lethal” and the bomb thrown by a cop at the people trying to come to his assistance after he fell wasn’t tossed accidentally either.

A marine says that Oakland used crowd control methods that are prohibited in war zones, and that the shot must have been intentional:

Before gas goes into a crowd shield bearers have to be making no progress moving a crowd or crowd must be assaulting the line. Not with sticks and stones but a no bullshit assault. 3 warnings must be given to the crowd in a manner they can hear that force is about to be used. Shield bearers take a knee and CS gas is released in grenade form first to fog out your lines because you have gas masks. You then kick the canisters along in front of your lines. Projectile gas is not used except for longer ranged engagement or trying to steer the crowd ( by steering a crowd I mean firing gas to block a street off ). You also have shotguns with beanbags and various less than lethal rounds for your launchers. These are the rules for a WARZONE!!

How did a cop who is supposed to have training on his weapon system accidentally SHOOT someone in the head with a 40mm gas canister? Simple. He was aiming at him.

I’ll be the first to admit a 40mm round is tricky to aim if you are inexperienced but anyone can tell the difference between aiming at head level and going for range.

The person that pulled that trigger has no business being a cop. He sent that round out with the intention of doing some serious damage to the protestors. I don’t care what the protestors were doing. I never broke my rules of engagement in Iraq or Afghanistan. So I can’t imagine what a protester in the states did to deserve a headshot with a 40mm. He’s damn lucky to be alive and that cop knows he was using lethal force against a protester he is supposed to be protecting.

A poster at Occupy Marines Facebook makes the following comment:

You can see Scott Olsen standing, with his BACK TOWARDS THE COPS moments before being shotWatch close- the guy who shot him can be seen backing away from the fence and lowering his shotgun (he musta been less then 5 feet from Scott when he shot him in the head….) he then goes behind two other cops and THROWS THE FLASH BANG himself at the people trying to save them. (the other two cops don’t move, but this guys steps back and then forward just as the flash bang is tossed – other two cops in that section don’t even twitch as the flashbang is tossed)

Same Guy shot him and then tossed the FlashBang at the people trying to save him.

Aerial footage of the incident also points to intentional conduct.

The policemen firing seemed to be having a little too much fun:

 

http://i.imgur.com/zJxxU.jpg

A protester also says the police shot him with a rubber bullet when he helped carry Scott Olsen to safety after he had been injured:

 

And another protester expresses shock when police fired tear gas at those trying to rescue Olsen instead of providing medical aid to him.

The Oakland police violated their own rules (page 9), and they would have violated the Geneva Convention against targeting wounded combatants or those attempting to render medical aid.

No wonder even Amnesty International has condemned the use of tear gas as well as the actions of Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, who said the measures were justified because protesters threw rocks. Although the Obama administration and the Department of Justice has shown no interest in investigating.

As Marine Sergeant Shamar Thomas – who stood up to the New York policenotes:

I was involved in a RIOT in Rutbah, Iraq 2004 and we did NOT treat the Iraqi citizens like they are treating the unarmed civilians in our OWN Country. No one was brutalized because our mission was to ‘WIN the hearts and minds.’ why should I expect anything less in my OWN Country.

Olsen Is an Extremely Hard-Working Network Engineer and a Decorated Veteran

Olsen is a decorated veteran, who was an extremely hard-working network engineer:

Scott Olsen, 24, joined the protests as he worked his day job as a network engineer and left his apartment each night to sleep alongside protesters in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., Keith Shannon said.

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Olsen, who is originally from Wisconsin, served two tours of duty in Iraq, makes a good living at a San Francisco software company and had a hillside apartment that overlooks San Francisco Bay.

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Each night, he would go out to the tent camps that have sprung up over the past month in cities as the movement spread to protest economic inequality and what they see as corporate greed.

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People at OPSWAT, the company where Olsen works, were devastated after learning of his injuries. They described him as a humble, quiet guy who worked hard over long hours.

“He’s been a big piece of what we do here and our growth strategy, so obviously it’s pretty devastating for us that he’s in the shape he’s in,” said Jeff Garon, the company’s director of marketing.

Olsen was awarded seven medals while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, which he left as a lance corporal in November 2009 after serving for four years.

He went on two tours in Iraq, one in 2006-2007 and another in 2008, where he worked as a datanetwork specialist. He was awarded seven medals, including the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, according to the Marine Corps.

Olsen’s condition has been upgraded from critical to “fair”, although neurologists say that he may require brain surgery.

Militarization of the Police is the Problem

The increasing militarization of U.S. police departments is clearly the problem (more).

In October 2010, the Oakland Tribune reported:

An Oakland police SWAT team finished second in a prestigious, internationally known training competition this past weekend, losing out to a group of Israeli police but beating more than two dozen other Bay Area law enforcement agencies that participated.

Indeed, the Alameda County Sheriff has hosted some of these Swat competitions (Oakland is in Alameda County, California).

And the militarization of police forces throughout the United States cannot be taken in a vacuum.  The bigger pictures is that the government is using anti-terrorism laws to crush dissent.

Some are comparing police brutality towards the Occupy protesters to that used by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters. Indeed, numerous heads of U.S. police departments have traveled to Israel for “anti-terrorism training”, and received training from Israeli anti-terrorism experts visiting the U.S. See this, this, this, this, this.

Veterans Are Not Amused by the Attack on Olsen

Veterans are not amused by an attack on one of their own:

http://i.imgur.com/yGfyU.jpg

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Apparently, veterans led the march to re-occupy Oakland after Olsen was injured.

And see this.

Anonymous Releases Police Information

Anonymous released a video in support of Olsen:

 

The group also temporarily took down the Oakland police website, and released personal information about Oakland police officers.

Mayor Backs Down

And the Mayor of Oakland has now done an about-face, saying the protesters can stay and that she “supports” them.

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  • Awake in theusa

    There is more violence to come. The underlying frustration and the conditions that led to it have not changed. The medias reaction, the reaction of the 1% the PTB to these protests is very telling. Trying to paint the protestors as disorganised “liberal” unemployed hippies with no message. ABC has a one hour special with Diane Sawyer coming out about a hanful of billionaires and how they worked hard for thier money. Defend the 1% much ?? No-one is against the rich. It is ok to be rich. It is not ok for the the rich to gain so much power as to buy the govt and control policy so they can become even richer at the expense of the the vast majority of americans. That is the message.. live it learn it.. love it. The police had better lighten up quick.. this violence by them will only instigate the peacful protestors to become uncivil.. violent. There are many millions of us. Will your pepperspray and tear gas work on a crowd of millions..? How about a hundred million. ? Look at the republican candidates proposed tax plans if they become elected: more tax cuts for the wealthy, less regulation… more burden on the poor with cuts into “social programs”.. like social security , medicaid, medicare, pell grants, heating assistance, school programs.. its unbelievable!! The bush tax cuts for the welathy cost 800 million a week!! We spend several billion a week in our wars based on lies! People are noticing th eworld is watching.. change is coming 1% you have been warned.

    • http://www.examiner.com/nonpartisan-in-national/carl-herman Carl Herman

      It’s the CRIMINAL rich and CRIMINAL political leadership that corporate media are CRIMINALLY complicit with lies of omission and commission. OWS is about:
      1. public recognition of War Crimes and economic crimes.
      2. end the crimes.
      3. policy for full employment and creation of money in the public’s 100% benefits.

      Yes, it’s an entire history of crimes: http://www.examiner.com/nonpartisan-in-national/occupy-this-us-history-exposes-the-1-s-crimes-then-and-now-6-of-6

    • Simon Rove

      The author of this blog loves to preach so much bullshit about the Constitution and other patriotic crap while sanctifying Mr. Olsen’s resume.
      How sure is George Washington that this former marine did not kill innocent Iraqis? If this guy got a change of heart down there in Iraq most likely is because he saw (and possibly participated) in execrable acts committed by the occupying forces against the civilian population.
      Appealing to patriotic baloney in connection to the ongoing social unrest is the most ridiculous thing to do (unless the intentions of this blog are to profit from people’s ignorance and stupidity).
      Peaceful Revolution = Controlled Opposition
      Americans are a bunch of stupid animals easy to manipulate and subdue

      • RodMack

        So you are saying Scott Olsen “may” have shot innocent Iraqis so it is okay for a member of your police force to deliberately take aim at a peaceful protestor and shoot him in the head, maybe some Americans are easy to manipulate and subdue.

      • Lucas Hanson

        So it’s okay to shoot peaceful, civilian protestors in the head for things they might have done. Does your country have capital punishment? If it does and I were in your shoes, I’d run because, by you’re reasoning, you should be executed because you may have murdered someone last weekend.
        Believe it or not, what you call ‘patriotic baloney’ (it’s actually spelled ‘bologna’ but that’s beside the point, you sign-post) is a very real thing. People are protesting because they love their country.
        Unfounded cynicism = eventual suicide
        People like yourself are a disease.

      • Carl dumont

        If someone is forced to go to war and kill ,if one of his targets become a civilian ,it’s called collateral damage ,and is forgiven by all

      • Mark Twain

        Perhaps he joined the Marines the pay for college, out of patriotism or because his father did. Like many he would have been brainwashed by the endless stream of bull that the media pumps out here. Like many he may have found out that reality is much different. There are many veterans here who are in the same boat your putting Scott into. Either way, he paid for the right to protest, the right to speak, the right to due process. He did not deserve to get targeted with a tactic that punishes or maims peaceful protestors by shooting them in the head with projectile weapons. All the coppers have to do is roll a few CS canisters into crowd. No one can stand that shit without a gas mask.

      • dougg

        Sort of reminds me of Survivor South Pacific, with your ‘Branden’, doing a poor job of denying genetics as a key factor in psychopathy.

  • http://www.examiner.com/nonpartisan-in-national/carl-herman Carl Herman

    This is the best article and video I’ve seen on this important development.

    Thanks, GW!

  • Ford Prefect

    Yes, the shooting was intentional.Looking at the entire video that starts before the shooting, we see Olson was standing still, no one around him, maybe 20 feet from the police line. So yes, someone aimed at his head, instead of down at the torso.

    This was no accident.

  • http://occupythefed.tv unSpy

    “My name is Scott Olsen and I hate the Marine Corps more than you. Prove me wrong.”

    This is the second line of http://www.ihatethemarinecorps.com started by the Iraq war veteran injured at OWS Oakland event on October 25th. Here is the website in question, just follow the way-back-machine to May 2010.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20100507023132/http://www.ihatethemarinecorps.com/

    Based on this revelation, various sites on the web are now attacking Scott Olsen. It would seem these attacks are based on the belief (or delusion) that all soldiers are happy warriors, and nobody who serves ever leaves the military is disenchanted. Maybe Scott Olsen doesn’t fits the image of the superhero soldier, but no everyone does. Maybe he broke a Marine taboo by speaking against the corp, but this man didn’t deserve to have his skull fractured by the police. American’s of all political beliefes uphold the ideal of law and order, but the issue these OWS people raise is that this submission to law must start at the top with our political leaders.

    It is no surprise that social-conservatives are reactionaries (opposing any revolt) and coming to the defense of this so-called ‘law enforcement action’ in Oakland. Why? because that is just the way their minds work, they have brains that are hard-wired to support men in uniform regardless of what abuses may have taken place.

    Others support the system out of fear that this system that protects them (a belief that is utterly false) might slip into chaos… well, I have news for you… the system is in chaos already!! and why?…. because our political leaders do not follow the rule of law themselves! Moreover, the financial house of cards is getting ready to cave in on itself.

    The fact is Scott Olsen is still a hero for his service to his country and for standing with the protesters at Occupy Oakland. The betrayers of the American people are the criminal class of banking elite (and their political servants) who send kids to die in needless wars as they expand usury & compound interest…. those are the betrayers of our Constitution not a kid who said “I hate the Marines” after he got out of the meat grinder.

  • LibRep

    As a Marine Corps veteran myself, I can say that, regardless of the impression the Corps had on Scott Olsen, he’s still my brother-in-arms and I want a piece of that cop’s ass.

  • mr. Verdi

    After seeing the brazen arrogance and ‘ the smile’ on that cops face, I found myself infuriated. I can’t wait for these swelling ranks of ‘ the down trodden’ to REALLY get Focused on the central theme of our countries demise. We have been used, intentionally confused and very screwed. The place we should be setting up camp though, is in front of the CENTRAL BANKERS and the bought off politicians in WASHINGTON. When the Federal Reserve came into existence in 1913, we lost our country to the Banking cabal. These people at the Federal Reserve are not even sworn in or hold an official office let alone a part of our American Government. They have raped our country thru the currency demise. Our currency is based on ZERO COLLATERAL and is fiat….government forced currency. Some great sources for getting educated on the subject are http://www.new peopleorder.com where they show you the where, when, why and how ” They Own It All” (including You- the name of the book). The Creature From Jekyl Island is outstanding. The remastered version of
    ‘ ZEITGEIST’ WILL OPEN YOUR MIND. The recent 1500 structural architects who reviewed the 9/11 tapes where unanomous in their findings….. you don’t bring down 3 BUILDINGS (not just 2 folks-bldg #7) in a free faLL manor without assistance***. So…whats going on here. We are under siege and martial law is next and Obama just can’t wait to make himself our most highly Esteemed DICTATOR. All I can say is this 1) start preparing yourselves mentally, physically and emotionally for we are about to face some serious hardships. 2) accumulate a) protection for your family b)begin storing long range food etc. (my God…we live in earth quake country at the least) c) accumulate physical silver and gold. The SHTFplan.com website will help you with these items in more detail. As far as politicians……only one guy really stands out for me and thats RON PAUL. He has been pounding the pulpit on the Federal Reserve Transparency for sound money and getting back to our Constitutional rights for a very long time. In closing…remember one thing….Our Founders gave us a Republic based on the ‘rule of law’ FIRST, know the difference between a REPUBLIC and a DEMOCRACY (mob rules where everybody gets an entitlement). And now, we face dealing with the bought off judiciary by the banksters. Maybe somebody ought to make a paper mache GUILLOTINE and leave it on the steps of the Congress as a reminder of what the French did to the bankers and politicians hehehehe. When will we have a return of
    ‘ the true statesmen’, not a bunch of attorneys who are sworn allegiance still to the KING? And lastly, the best site I know for ALL our precious knowledge on Freedom is the freedomclubusa.com
    web-site. Everything you ever wanted or needed to know about all this material
    concerning the ‘ maintenance of your Freedom’. And for now….. pray for Scott Olsen and watch out for government attempting to distract you with another false flag event like attempting to war on the Iranians who are incidentally, ‘Occupying’ Tehran in support of all this. The ENTIRE WORLD is now revolting against what the Federal Reserve and the English Banking Cabalist Elite are trying to do in their attempts to create a Bush related Globally controlled banking system. We will have an honorable system of both government and finance but it won’t happen without the majority of people standing up for their Constitutional Rights under the creator.

  • Howard Stein

    My deepest and most heartfelt concerns for his well being go out to Scott Olsen, his family and loved ones. I hope for his speedy and complete recovery.

    I also hope, but have some doubt, that this terrible incident will be thoroughly investigated by an independent party and that, if any law has been broken, those responsible are identified and brought to justice for it. If found guilty, then, in addition to any criminal penalties they deserve, they should be required to compensate Scott for his injuries and suffering.

    I have seen video evidence abused (as in the Rodney King case in the early 90′s) and I do not want to rush to conclusions based on a video that I found insufficiently clear in some of its necessary detail. I could not see the tear gas canister either being fired at Scott or actually hitting him. However, I could see a policeman’s arm move in a tossing gesture and the explosion that immediately followed in the midst of the group that formed around Scott to help him after he was hit.

    This is only the beginning of the kind of demonstration this sickening incident took place at. There are many more to come and there will almost certainly be unintentionally caused injuries sustained by demonstrators, “public safety” personnel and mere bystanders. But, what I think I saw – if substantiated by testimony and other evidence — was the vicious act of a criminal masquerading as a police officer. As Frank Serpico once famously said, “There’s no such thing as a crooked cop; you’re either a crook or you’re a cop.” The same is true of a cop who commits any crime.

    And, by the way, Scott Olsen isn’t the only ex-marine who was less than hopelessly in love with the Marine Corps. I’m another and there are countless others like us – if the truth be told, there are many more of us than those who claim to feel otherwise. It’s easy to tell who we are; we’re the ones who didn’t reenlist. Indeed, in the Marine Corps, it was the “lifers” who weren’t too popular, not the visitors.

    And, so what? Most of us served honorably, if not ecstatically; more than a few served even heroically and, in too many cases, at the cost of serious injury or their lives (I am not one of the heroes); and, we happily got the hell out when our time was up. We don’t have to phony up affection for the Marine Corps to suit anyone! I am rationally proud of my service and anyone who doesn’t think that’s enough can join the Corps, himself. I hear that they’re still looking for a few good men.

    Be well, Scott.

  • http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/ majia

    Institutes and government agencies had anticipated this civil unrest and the growing militiarization of US police by the DoD and Dept. of Homeland Security. Background and links to documents are available here

    http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/occupy-wall-street-what-happened-in.html

  • SLA-mdunk

    He’s only the first of 100 000′s to be executed,
    until you bring back Monsieur Guillotine.

    My safe prediction.
    SLA-mdunk.

  • james olson

    My impression the coverage of the OWS is the media has bent over backward to give credibility. Where do you get the opposite impression? Also, recall Jerry Brown, current govenor was the mayor and therefore it is not unreasonable to think the Oakland administration, including the police is stacked with his type of people. I find it really, really hard to believe this was a deliberate act.

  • IPulbius

    http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/assassinations-facebook-the-2012-ticket-6009

    “The U.S. embassy in Damascus, headed by ambassador Robert Ford, has taken to Facebook to go after the Syrian regime. Lately, Syrian state media has been somewhat happy to see the Occupy Wall Street movement growing as well as the government’s reaction to it. The embassy wrote on its Facebook page that yes, some protesters had been arrested in the United States, “but they won’t be tortured, and no family will receive the body of a protester bearing torture marks.” Demonstrators are free to say what they want about the U.S. government “without being arrested or shot.”

    Never make predictions about future events, especially in order to try and “one-up” someone on morality grounds.

  • Dr. Bob

    While I agree with those who have pointed out that the wounding of Scott Olsen was deliberate, it’s time to move on from complaining to ACTION. Do I mean acts of violence? Of course not; that just gives The Powers That Be an excuse for more militarized police actions against peaceful protesters.
    Remember that California has a referendum system. Use it to GO AFTER THEIR PENSIONS, which are already bankrupting California’s cities and counties. That ought to wipe the smirks off the faces of those pseudo-soldiers in blue!

  • http://the-nines.net nines

    Personally, I am outraged the protestors didn’t react like adult humans.

    If we reacted to the thuggery like these people:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdxh-KaSBSg

    we wouldn’t be having these problems.

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    What the OWS protesters miss is that it is Big Government supporting the Big Banks. Protesting Wall Street will get you no where. Protest the government which was the enabler.

    The Banks are getting rich off of government money. So who gave it to them?

  • BlowBack

    Soon we will have military vets killing off police swat teams. So be it.
    Sad part is that both military vets and police OUGHT to be arresting bankers, politicians, bureaucrats and the rest of the actual vermin.

    • myles

      I agree 100% with that….

  • Suzanne

    How ironic that Oakland, a bastion of progressive thought and policies, should be the site of such serious abuse. One would think that such a city would treat protestors with greater care and respect. Is this just another example of liberal hypocrisy?

  • Sandy the Swede

    This is speculation of the worst kind. You have no idea what prior intentions, actions, or motivations were. Do we know definitively whether or not Olsen was hit in the head by a tear gas grenade? Assuming that he was, what proof do you have that it was intentional, or may have been intentional. I may assert that you “may be a pervert,” but tossing in the word “may” would not excuse my reckless and irresponsible action of even suggesting such an odious appellation.

    Sir, have you no shame?

    BTW, the cop who threw the flashbang at the people trying to help Olsen should be dismissed and brought up on charges. That does appear to have been intentional. This is the downside of militarizing our police forces. Do they get proper training before they play with their new toys?

    • wunsacon

      >> Do we know definitively whether or not Olsen was hit in the head by a tear gas grenade?

      He’s standing right there and goes down after the canisters start flying. Do you need a sworn confession (“I did it!”) from a particular officer? The flash-bang comes in right after. You think the mentality that does that doesn’t also shoot canisters at heads?

    • wunsacon

      WTF? “Motivations”? What more motivations do you want, especially when the flash-bang comes in (which you admit to seeing)?

      And you ask “Have you no shame?”? You gotta be fucking kidding.

  • Philmore Macalister

    If “rocks were thrown”, then WHERE ARE THEY? Unseen in the video. Any afterward shots of the street show any rocks? Oh, were they picked up by a ‘rock collector’? Why is Oakland Mayor’s first reflex to speak without Facts in Hand, or are we now duty bound to defend created “super class” of “first responders” regardless of the facts?

  • Ults

    Most of you are just trolling right? The idea that America right now, is anywhere near the poverty and abuse of the french people before the french revolution and the guillotine , is so disgustingly exaggerated and extremist that it turns my stomach.

    And the suggestion that the appropriate response as punishment for the actions of one officer who may or may not have been involved in an intentional shooting is to destroy the livelihood of the rest of the police force? The police force that keeps our asses safe from random people walking in to our houses and murdering us, you want to take away the money they’ve worked hard for because of one incident by one guy? If I go to McDonalds and order a burger with no pickles, and I get pickles on my burger, should my reaction be to demand that all of the employees working there be fired? How would that possibly make sense?

    As far as an on topic comment is concerned, I’d like to point out that this article seems a little biased, and that the video isn’t really useable as any sort of damning evidence. Sure, it looks like something MIGHT have happened, but all you see is the guy standing there, and then lying on the ground, and as close as he was to the police line, it’s possible an angled but not aimed shot, meant for long distance, happened to not clear his head because he decided to stand right in front of the police, and that the flash bang could be the cop who’d just shot a protestor in the face was afraid the big group rushing toward the police line was pissed and coming to get him.

    • Evan

      Oh my, yes, and the poor innocent officer(s?) could have naturally assumed that the people moving toward the man down and bleeding near police lines were actually suicide bombers, and that would have clearly justified opening up on the crowd with buckshot, slugs and/or machine guns. No harm intended, nothing to see here, move along.

  • Michael

    Since Seattle, and in reality since the end of the 60′s when the right-wing, reactionary interest got organized against the demands of the people, the powerful moneyed, corporate interests–which is our bought and sold government in collusion with them–have realized that the people need to be controlled if their interests are to be protected. It cannot let the populace get out of hand while it is getting fleeced, thus the militarization of our police forces and the war-like training, equipment upgrades (if you will) and the response-level heightening that is going as seen in this video and in what occurred in Denver. Having been at the G-20 march in Pittsburgh, where the police force–in its nameless black riot gear, faces shielded from what one assumes is humanity beneath it, the level of potential force shown was shocking to see in a supposed democratic society where the right to air grievances is protected.

    The Patriot Act was and will never be about how to handle threats from abroad. It is solely about handling threats from within when the people wake up to the fact that we live in a police state that protects the property and moneyed interests before it protects the rights of citizens. The example of Wall Street firms giving large donations to the New York police so that they can indulge in riot gear fantasies pretty much means that law enforcement is not a tool of the people to keep protect citizens–the police force serves those interests at home, just as the military does to protect business interests abroad (whether by direct intervention or the more subtle overthrow of governments). We must quit this illusion that we have a democracy, or that we have a say in what goes on in our nation. Poll after poll shows that Americans are much more progressive in their wants than the corporate/moneyed interests will allow. They want a universal health care system, a clean sustainable environment to ensure the future, an education system that gives a quality education, and is either free or nearly free, a foreign policy that does not foment troubles in the world but aids the world to a better place. None of these of course matters though. If we ever had a really democratic society is doubtful, but what is even more doubtful at present is that what little democracy we had is now owned by those who control an increasing larger share of the nation’s wealth, all of it made and produced by the worker’s whose surplus capital is taken by the few.

    First, don’t expect things to get better without a mass movement in the streets of this nation. Second, do not be co-opted, nor settle for crumbs and small change that is doled out as change. The problems are systemic, and if this nation, and yes even if the world will survive, will depend upon a mass movement to change the paradigm, to change the system, otherwise we are doomed to be subject to (or literally subjects) to a capitalistic system that knows nothing but today’s profits and cares little about a world that can survive.

    This movement must get larger, and it must engage in peaceful, skillful means in direct opposition to the violence and force of those who would quell it.

    We salute Scott Olsen, and those many will have already fallen for the cause or will fall in the future. You are the moral compass, the truth that stands tall against the lie of violence and those interests who will use it to protect their ill-gotten gain.

  • tater

    I’ve got news for you bloat headed security guards who call yourselves police. When it comes down to you versus the military, you baton carriers don’t stand a chance against former military men. Veteran’s died for this country, and those of us left will fight for this country. We have also kicked a little ass along the way. The minute you stand in our way, is when we will kick yours too. Remember this the next time you take aim at a Veteran. Next time, we may not be so restrained.

  • TheRightRadical

    The police force that keeps our asses safe from random people walking in to our houses and murdering us, you want to take away the money they’ve worked hard for because of one incident by one guy?”"”

    More pseudo right wing tripe. I am sure too you call yourself a “small” government conservative. The bureaucrats in government sanctified costumes, along with their taxpayer provided arms, badges, and body armor. Are not protecting you. They are merely enforcers for the state (big government), it’s taxes, it edicts, and demands. The random people busting down your door in the middle of the night is just as likely to be one of them, then it is some criminal. Of course I can shoot the unknown if he is a mere mundane criminal, whereas if I was to put up a fight with our law enforcement officers. No doubt I would be carried out in a body bag. It’s all about force protection you know?
    The “honorable” bureaucrats in blue. Like all bureaucrats (teachers, and other “public’ sector workers) everywhere real concerns are increasing their pay, their benefits, their days off, and their budgets. Of course most these are unionized to force these things through the budget, and policy processes.
    Go ahead keep giving them the benefit of the doubt, but don’t cry to me when one of your own gets his/her own skill cracked, on a dark highway somewhere because they didn’t “submit”. So you go on and keep worshiping the enforcement arm of fascist, socialist welfare, warfare state.

  • lee

    If you ever worked in law enforcement, you would not be surprised by this story. This is just a typical day for an officer who uses all legal force to stop the law breakers. Society knows how we go about it, and they are too afraid to stop us. So, all this intervention is legally and socially approved when it comes to voting on the bills.

  • myles

    they were not breaking the law in any way….they were exercising their freedom of speech in a peaceful manner. as far as im concerned, those “so called” police officers should know better ..oh but wait…they think they can do whatever they want to whom ever they want? its complete bull! some day those cops will get what they deserve from the american people

  • http://www.blurty.com/talkpost.bml?journal=odie319&itemid=318 dieta dukan

    �Alguien sabe de que va esto? De todos modos de que tus articulos sea un referente para mi.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.huntiv Charles Hunt

    That is because many, many police are filled with their ego and love to dominate others.

  • berger friedrich-wolfgang

    Seems , the Tribe-usurped governmental Institutions are at war with Non-tribal Citizenry .

 

 

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