Police Bludgeon Peaceful Occupy UC Berkeley Protesters with Batons

This is just the latest in a series of criminal acts of unprovoked police violence against peaceful Occupy protesters. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

As I noted earlier today, the problem is the militarization of U.S. police forces:

Journalists from across the spectrum have documented the militarization of police forces in the United States, including CNN, Huffington Post, Forbes, Esquire, The Atlantic, Salon, and the Cato Institute.


But the militarization of police started long before 9/11 … in the 1980s.

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  • Mal

    See what? your links lead to non-existant pages.

  • James Hare

    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

  • I’m glad you pointed out that the police started their militarization in the 1980s, because at least someone noticed.

    I can remember it started where I live with the motorcycle police changing their uniforms to include jackboots. I thought it was a bit ominous because only 35-40 years earlier we had fought a war against an army that clad itself that way. Of course, no one said a thing about the new uniforms.

    It got worse little by little. Eventually our rural (and largely crime-free) county formed a SWAT detatchment, equipped with automatic rifles and its own custom-painted-with-a-bald-eagle-head armored truck.

    It used to be that the police arrested people on warrants during the daytime. Now they do it in the middle of the night, just like the secret police did in 1930s Germany. The news media cooperate with predictable euphemism, calling the arrests “early morning” arrests.

    It’s not only the cops, however. The judiciary has been fully complicit. What used to be known as a right to privacy protected by the 4th Amendment has been eviscerated, bit by bit, until the present – where the exceptions to 4th Amendment rights have swallowed up the rule.

    When we were young we saw images on TV of Soviet troops occupying Prague. We were thankful that we, living in a free country, didn’t have to endure such thuggery.

    But all one needs to to now is take a look at the cops to see how things have changed. We live in Prague.

  • They walked in backwards so many of us evidently thought they were leaving.

    The class war revolution is over, and clearly the 1%, with their massive military won the physical space, even as their media won the mental space.

    Now we are into an OWS counter-revolution that, for the most part, amuses them.

  • Bob

    You lost all crediblity when you listed the Huffingtonpost as a journlist site. HHHHHHHHHHHHaaaaaaaaaaaaa What a joke.

    • DPirate

      “all credibility”, huh, Boob?

  • Jonathan

    Noncompliance to orders counts as provocation. Good try hippie.

  • Good cops gone bad >
    “Roid a Cops” & outsourced COINTELPRO and their “Agent Provocateurs”
    Please note that I have macular degeneration and move rather slow, on the Internet.
    Notes of interest;
    It has been estimated that 20% to 25% of law enforcement are using steroids that can
    cause “Roid Rage”. Orf which can contribute to police abuse. They are also fed a
    steady diet of propaganda from various sources. Homeland Security is suspected of
    being one of the sources of propaganda, but some of that appears to have been outsourced
    to private corporations.
    Example of outsourced COINTELPRO propaganda machine from an incident at Occupy Wall Street

    Meet the Guy Who Snitched on Occupy Wall Street to the FBI and NYPD

  • robbie dobbie

    Berkly protested being beat with batons. Unbelievable in Ameirca? Now you know why the police are exempted from the budget cuts. You have to have the police behind to to keep wrong thinkers in line. Nothing provoked hitting the students. Made me wish had a bat for self defense. I am 50 and would join the students in this protest. This is wrong how police respond to non violent protests. they should be fired, lose retirement benifits and jailed for their misconduct.

  • Game Over

    We are larger than the top 1%
    We are larger than the police
    We are larger than the military
    We are larger than the corrupt, fascist government

    My Demands? Simple:

    1) Revolution
    2) Off With Their Heads

  • NoNameGuy

    The Goverment is a big playground bully.
    we need to fight back against the unfair draconian rules of the US.
    US? It’s getting more like Unfair ^(#$

    • DatRandomGuy

      True dat homie…