Police Crackdown on Occupy Wall Street Protest: “This Morning’s Action May Not Be What A Police State Looks Like, But It’s Certainly How One Begins”

Police State Tactics On Display Nationwide

In the last couple of days, police at Occupy protests:

The Guardian’s Laura Pennie notes:

Law enforcement is there to protect a wealthy elite from the rest of the population


A teenage girl holds a hastily written sign saying: “NYPD, we trusted you – you were supposed to protect us!”


The sentiment is a familiar one. Across Europe, over a year of demonstrations, occupations and civil disobedience, anti-austerity protesters have largely shifted from declaring solidarity with the police – as fellow workers whose jobs and pensions are also under threat – to outrage and anger at state violence against unarmed protesters. Following last month’s police brutality in Oakland, and today’s summary eviction of the Occupy Wall Street camp, American activists too are reaching the conclusion that “police protect the 1%”.

“Who do you guys work for?” Shouts one Manhattan protester, as police load arrestees into a van. “You work for JP Morgan Bank!”

And the Washington Post’s James Downie writes:

As hard as the NYPD and New York City’s government might try to obscure the truth though, one truth remains: At 1 a.m. this morning, in the heart of New York City, protesters exercising their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly were swept away by the state, while that state also did all it could to prevent media coverage. No matter what one may think of the occupiers or their cause, nothing they’ve done justifies blockading the press or ignoring court orders. Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and other New York leaders who ordered the eviction should take a long, hard look at their handling of the occupation. This morning’s action may not be what a police state looks like, but it’s certainly how one begins.

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    do we get our guns out now?????


    Tough shit OWS. You got your pussy communist asses thumped. Go get a job, losers.

  • Leo S.

    PROVEN FACT: OWS protesters -and by extension the American populace- are a bunch of stupid animals easy to manipulate and most important, EASY TO SUBDUE.

  • Steev

    Today, America would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow, they will be grateful!

    This would especially be true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated that threatened our very existence.

    It is then that all people of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil.

    The one thing man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by a World Government.
    – 1991-
    Henry Kissinger

  • jo6pac

    Thanks for the links my late father almost didn’t believe in what Mario had to say but would defend his right to say it to his friends. Oh to those that never served and have commented above in the end they will come for you.
    Thanks for the link and what all you do and anyone that helps

  • sj

    To insist on characterizing the OWS protesters as “pussy” or “communist” or “losers” who don’t have “a job,” is so wildly inaccurate that a person making such a statement certainly must either be an incredibly ignorant wretch or a shill on somebody’s payroll.

    While I may not be in complete agreement with OWS, one theme that seems constant is a desire to return to the rule of law — which, indeed, as a Republic, is supposed to be our scene. I’m in favor of that. I think one set of laws for everybody, impartially and fairly enforced would be a damn good thing. “Return” may not be the right word, though, because I’m not sure we’ve EVER seen that. But we have, I think closer at times than we are now. If nothing else, the “occupy” demonstrations have shown that the “law and order” types haven’t much respect for the law unless it favors them.

    The other thing that’s important is that, although the OWS folks are very demographically heterogenous, still a lot of relatively “privileged” people (ie, white, male, educated middle-class) among them have gotten a taste of what the poor, powerless and/or non-white folks have been eating for a long time.

    You have to see the problem for what it is, before you can develop and implement an adequate and appropriate solution.

    liberty & justice,